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Amarin Apartment Village by Studio 3LHD, Croatia


Amarin Apartment Village is located north of the city of Rovinj, surrounded by lush vegetation. Next to the existing 272 apartments, the old substandard ones were removed from the site and 190 new were built in their place. The new buildings location is partly determined by the existing pedestrian paths that continue into the new project; and by the plots gentle slope from north to south. The Village was conceived to have a high quality intimate outdoor space that accompanies each apartment as well as a comfortable interior.

Designed by Studio 3LHD

The establishment of new communication corridors formed irregular particles on the plot, apartment units were grouped on these green islands. The basic modular element – the accommodation unit – is multiplied and grouped into blocks by spatial variations and rotations. The blocks differ from one another in the color scheme of the materials the building facades are treated with. The apartment units are brought into a spatial correlation by formation of voids and atria between them. In this way, micro sceneries and intimate living spaces were created. Outdoor spaces at the Village are graded from intimate - atria, semi-public – the neighborhood, to the public – paths through the village.

Design theme was to develop a distinctive architectural language through which objects are related and their affiliation to a block is determined. Consequently, a concept of „unit privacy“ was developed by creating smaller or larger strokes of micro sceneries. The tools for the development of this concept were: the volume design (loggia, atrium, garden, terrace) and the choice of the materials (rough plaster, ceramics, wood, pergolas, vegetation). They were used to form a distinctive color scheme used in the building architecture.