Amazing Makarska Villa Kuk immersed in natural rock
3D visualization by Marijan Katić
January 20, 2021 – One of Croatia’s most adventurous current architectural projects, the incredible Villa Kuk near Makarska, actually takes advantage of one of the region’s most striking features – the natural rock in the foothills of the Dinaric Alps almost completely covers its hidden luxury.
A villa or an apartment on the Dalmatian coast is a dream for many. If it’s not forever, then just for a little while. But, in the race to create new versions to meet demand, some older tips may be lost. Some new buildings appear to infiltrate heat through the walls themselves, requiring the use of the air conditioner to keep you cool. In older buildings, this is rarely a problem. Built with thicker walls, of older stone, ancient Dalmatian dwellings are often quite cool without the klima.
This is perhaps a point taken into consideration by architect Branka Juras, whose latest project, Villa Kuk near Makarska, has walls wide enough to shelter even the strongest sun. His plans for Villa Kuk see the luxurious villa enclosed in the karst rock of the foothills of the Dinaric Alps. Sandwiched between two giant slices of rock, Villa Kuk’s interior luxury will be almost hidden from view.
As detailed by journalist Anita Budimir in Jutarnji List’s article on the Villa Kuk project, Branka Juras from the Faculty of Architecture and a former employee of the renowned Croatian architecture studio Randić & Turato architects. Her latest project, Villa Kuk, is undertaken by Juras and the team she has assembled in her own practice.
Villa Kuk will be located at an altitude of 110 meters in the Velko Brdo district of Makarska, at the foot of the Dinaric Alps, immediately north of the city center. Its western and eastern walls will be made of huge natural rocks between which the villa will be located. The villa will only be visible from the north and south, which will retain its built facades.
The southern facade will use large glass walls, offering panoramic views of the open sea. A minimalist yet luxurious contemporary design is planned for the interior. The project is actually a radical overhaul of a building that previously stood on the plot – a restaurant.
The villa will consist of a basement, a ground floor and a roof, which was used as a terrace by the restaurant. An atrium has been added to the redesign of the accommodation, providing additional light and the basement space has been enlarged to accommodate additional living space. Although radical in design and ambition, the height of the building does not exceed the height of the rocks between which it is sandwiched, ensuring that Villa Kuk will have minimal impact on the natural and existing aesthetic of the area.
All 3D visualization images of the Villa Kuk project completed by Marijan Katić