Mixed Use Development, Montenegro

A mixed-use green field development in UNESCO World Heritage zone
Scheme commenced 2007, Developer Client
RD Architects, London Office

The prominent site is within the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska) region of Montenegro. We were appointed as the lead design architect with the brief to develop a masterplan for the site.

The south-facing site was steeply sloping in a very prominent, prime location. Due to the significant gradient over much of the site, we initially focused on developing a practical design solution allowing the site to be terraced without huge ground movement and associated environmental damage. Rodić Davidson Architects developed a building typology that sought to minimise expensive and destructive groundwork. Roofs of buildings were utilised to form communal areas and the spaces that were naturally formed between the new buildings and the rock became cooler areas ideally suited for pedestrian pathways and access to the new apartments. Minimising environmental impact was integral to the architectural design and detailed attention was given at every stage to the minimisation of embodied energy. Carbon Neutral (www.carbonneutral.com) provided specialist advice on sustainability. We also developed detailed plans for a boutique hotel and associated retail and leisure facilities.

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