Slovene architecture


Dekleva Gregorič arhitekti / 2016

The design of the house is primarily based on the rules of local architecture. It respects the morphology of the traditional built context, referring to the prevailing gabled roof type of the house. On the other hand the Chimney house marks typological transformation generated by the users’ specificity.

The kitchen, with a multifunctional wood stove, plays the vital role in the private and social life of a couple living in the countryside. Stove’s centrally positioned chimney determines the concept of the house informing the centrally aligned layout of spaces within the specific cross-section of the house. The ridge of the roof is pushed apart creating a continuous skylight running throughout the house’s linear volume and providing top light for all the crucial spaces. Positioned on the borderline of the village it clearly relates to the adjacent wooden barn with the dark wooden materiality, but with the new distinctive volumetric identity it curiously associates with the nearby 16th century church creating a dialogue between the two.

Oiled larch boards completely define the materiality of the outside relating to the traditional finish of the vernacular barn. Wood paneling surrounds both the façade and the roof surface. The building’s envelope is developed as a thick wall integrating multiple storage spaces, secondary kitchen, and small ‘inhabitable’ window niches that carefully curate incoming light and expanding views to the surroundings. Oiled oak is used for all the surfaces that can be reached and touched by the human body, whereas the structure of the roof is in reinforced concrete showing the imprint of the wooden formwork that provides for the continuity of the texture of interior envelope.

Object information

Construction year
Total floor area
205 m2 (106 m2 pritličje + 99 m2 klet) m2
Total Area
830 m2
ARHIHOME 2019 AWARDS 3.nagrada enostanovanjski objekt - 2019 ; ARCHITIZER A+ AWARDS 2017, Residential – Private House (M 1000-3000 sq ft) category, Finalist, Architizer LLC. – 2017
Andrej Dolenc

Technical team

Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič, Vid Zabel, Primož Boršič
Flavio Coddou
Mechanical engineering
ISP d.o.o., Jože Oblak
Electrical engineering
ELGOM, Marko Golob
Construction engineering
Konzola d.o.o., Luka Pavlovčič

Manufacturers and Suppliers

Construction work
Stavbarstvo Žerjal Marko Žerjal s.p
Mizarstvo Iztok Simčič s.p.