There is no bigger challenge, and at the same time pleasure, of buying or renovating an old stone house, or, as the local people would say: a house with the Dalmatian and Croatian soul! In these houses, the imperative is to keep, to a great extent, their autochthonous, original façade of handcrafted stone that Dalmatian craftsmen have chiselled for many centuries, and at the same time to provide to their hosts all the comfort of today’s lifestyle. Although these are two different extremes by appearance, it is not quite so and there are many examples of perfect harmony of tradition and contemporariness.
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.