When the spatial-planning documentation says one thing, and the investor wants another thing, the architect is the one whose task is to reconcile apparently ‘irreconcilable’ and develop a project by which all the regulations and wishes will be satisfied. The project of a building with many apartments in Brela, of which each of the apartments should have a sea view, was particularly challenging for the architect, because the building plot was narrow and long and nearby the sea.
Here is the question that our client asked us:
“I’ve inherited a plot of 525 m2 in Brela, on the seafront. I am interested in building a building for tourist rental with each apartment to have a view at the sea. I would like to rent these apartments in future and to provide my family jobs and income. However, the plot is located on a slope, and is long and narrow. The additional problem is that, according to the existing plan, the building has to be at least 1 meter of distance from the neighboring plots. Would you please suggest me how to make a house for tourist rental on such a small plot?”
Designing an object on a terrain of almost of 45° of slope and with the special requirements set by spatial-planning documentation, is a challenge for every architect and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Such objects, where the orienting imperative is to place the windows and balconies on just one side, towards the sea, requires the following:
– designing of each floor or a condominium individually, and
– careful planning of other spaces needed for provision of the daylight.
In places where this is not possible, it is necessary to design suitable contents that should not present a flow, but a virtue.
This residential-commercial object that had to satisfy the mentioned conditions and to adjust to terrain’s configuration was designed to become a small family hotel by smaller alternations and investments. Nevertheless, according to the relevant budgets, the return of the total investment is possible in seven years. The calculations are based on calculations for three months of maximum occupancy. In particular, this place can provide a whole-year occupancy, as a staying location for religious tourists on their journey to or from Međugorje. In vicinity of the village of Brela there is a renowned sanctuary Vepric, which is also a place of pilgrimage. If that is a case, the return of investment is possible in less than seven years.
The residential-commercial object in Brela can be classified as a green building object and has the energy label A+ (http://www.pasivna-kuca.info/gradnja/37-gradnja-pasivne-kuce/137-obicna-niskoenergetska-ili-pasivna-kuca.html).
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