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Contemporary design, sustainability, functionality, comfortability, top quality, open views individuality, privacy, tranquility, countryside living, infrastructure conection


Are you looking for a place to hide, but still be close to the hustle and bustle of the city? Are you a country or a city person? What if you can have it both ways? Dealing with every day pressure of work expectations, surroundings, coworkers, or perfect strangers while walking down the street, can be very stressful and have adverse effects on our lives. Science shows that living away from the city noise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Just a five-minute drive from the Sarajevo city center will take you to a perfect oasis where stars shine brighter, and air is fresher and cleaner, allowing you to slow down the pace of your life and make it less hectic. Immerse yourself in the natural environment and see your life become better.

Bosnia and Herzegovina a heart-shaped country, has felt different influences of strong powers throughout its history, which have helped to create its characteristically rich and religious mix. It is a country with multiethnic population, and a country whose historical and geographical position has long made it an important and interesting place to visit and fell in love with. It is a country ruled by the Ottoman Empire from the 15th century, Austria-Hungary as of 1878 (which played a key role in the outbreak of World War I), in 1918 the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, and after World War II it was a constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Following the disintegration of that state in 1991, Bosnia and Herzegovina became independent and ready to make a fresh start. In addition to its rich history, other important features that characterize Bosnia and Herzegovina as a must-see is its natural wealth, i.e. clean rivers where some even form natural borders with neighboring Croatia (the Una River) and Serbia (the Drina River), high mountains, plateaus that descend abruptly to the Adriatic Sea and vast forests spreading as far as the eye can see. Other nearby historical towns and places worth visiting are Herzegovina`s gems: Mostar, Vrelo Bune, PoÄ?itelj, Kravice waterfalls, Hutovo Blato, Trebinje, Neum. Just over the border in Croatia, medieval city Dubrovnik, Jajce in Mid Bosnia region, and besides many others Una and Sana rivers region in Bosnian Krajina. 6

Bosnia and Herzegovina, schematic representation 7

Stari most, Mostar

Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva in the medieval period. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most visited landmarks, and is considered an exemplary piece of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. The Old Bridge is listed as the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. 8

Vrelo Bune, Blagaj

Vrelo Bune is another Herzegovinian landmark, an architectural ensemble at the Buna river spring (one of the largest karst springs in the world), southeast of Mostar. Despite being a short river (only 9km), its banks are abundant in both natural and cultural wealth, including the Blagaj Tekke (at the source of the Buna River), bridges, mills, residential quarters (the Kolaković house, the Velagić residential complex, the KosaÄ?a tower, etc). 9

Počitelj is located on the left bank of the river Neretva, on the main Mostar to Metković road, to the south of Mostar, in the territory of the Čapljina Municipality. The walled town of Počitelj evolved over the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Architecturally, two stages of evolution may be observed: mediaeval, and Ottoman. It is on the tentative list to be nominated as the UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

Počitelj, panoramic view

Šišman Ibrahim-Paša Mosque, Počitelj

Waterfalls on Pliva river, Jajce

Another must see in BiH is the town of Jajce, located on the banks of rivers Vrbas and Pliva, 164 km north-west of Sarajevo, and its Pliva waterfall, nestled in the very center of the town. It has been named one of twelve most beautiful waterfalls in the world. The town of Jajce is located on the banks of rivers Vrbas and Pliva, 164 km north-west of Sarajevo. Located a few kilometers away from Jajce are the Great and Small Pliva Lakes. These lakes offer many recreational opportunities: fishing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, playing volleyball, biking and walking. 12

Štrbački buk, Una river

Crystal clear and green see-through water will leave you breathless. There are many legends about the origin of the name Una, and one of them tells a story of ancient Roman warriors, who, due to constant warfare became rough and lost the ability to perceive beauty of the world. They were bedazzled by the emerald-green water, fairytale waterfalls, vivacious river banks. One of the Roman warriors, fascinated by the scene, exclaimed “Una!” (Latin word for “One, the only one”).The Una National Park covers the area around the rivers Upper Una River, Krka and Unac. It is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s largest national park. It`s finest feature are glorious waterfalls Štrbački Buk. Waterfalls in Martin Brod are also impressive, where the popular “International Una Regatta” kayaking competition sets off. Throughout the park, visitors can enjoy prime conditions for rafting, fishing, cycling, hiking, and camping. 13


Sarajevo, panoramic view

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a city of love, history, culture and natural beauty. It is situated 518 meters above the sea level in the Sarajevo valley and surrounded by five major mountains. The highest is Treskavica with 2,088 meters, then Bjelašnica 2,067 meters, Jahorina 1,913 meters, Trebević 1,627 meters, and Igman 1,502 meters. The Miljacka river is another noticeable feature of the city, as it flows through the city center to meet up with the Bosna river on the west. Sarajevo is abundant in natural and historical landmarks and sights. Old town, Wilson`s promenade, Trebević, Green Oasis Ilidža, Vrelo Bosne, mountains Igman and Bjelašnica just being one of many...


River Miljacka, Sarajevo

Sarajevo has humid continental climate. The Adriatic Sea (220km away from Sarajevo) has some positive effects on the Sarajevo’s climate, but the surrounding mountains reduce this maritime influence. The average yearly temperature is 10 °C, with January (−0.5 °C on average) being the coldest month of the year and July (19.7 °C on average) the warmest. Average days of rainfall in Sarajevo stand at 75 and there are 1,769 hours of sunshine. Vrelo Bosne (located at the foot of Mount Igman, Ilidža, about 15 kilometers from the center of Sarajevo), Baščaršija (the old town of Sarajevo, where two cultures meet- the Ottoman and the Austro-Hungarian; a home to many craft shops, mosques, restaurants and cafes) 16

Vrelo Bosne,Ilidža, Sarajevo

Vilsonovo šetalište (the Wilson’s Promenade) is a promenade along the Miljacka river, lined with fragrant linden trees, and providing tranquility within the very center of the city, cable car, in just nine minutes, watch being taken from the city noise to the tranquility of the Trebević mountain, where you will be amazed by a spectacular view of the entire city and abundance of coniferous forest. Over the past years, tourism has become a very important industry in the Sarajevo Canton. Its geography, climate, history, cuisine and other features make it attractive for visitors. Its service sector is expanding fast thanks to strong annual growth of tourist visits. 17

Orahov Brijeg is located in a very attractive and interesting part of the Sarajevo Canton and Sarajevo City. It is close to the centre of Sarajevo (5 min drive via the M-18 road) and the trans-European Corridor Vc, and thus to almost all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A bus station connecting Orahov brijeg with the City Centre is 30m from the location. The surrounding mountains are ca 30min drive from the location. It is a perfect hide-away from the nearby busy city life, offering secluded and private living but still close to all important amenities. Vrelo Bosne is ca 15 min drive from the location, the Sarajevo Old Town – Čaršija – 15 min drive, Poljine hills 5 min. Also, do not miss the pleasure of a golf club, which is only 10 min drive from the location. The very site is interesting too, providing, with its steep slope, an excellent view of the valley and maximizing the potential of insolation from the south and the west. Tranquil neighbourhood, with dominantly single-family housing, creates high quality everyday living atmosphere.


Sarajevo, schematic representation of distances 19

visualisation, south-west view from A1 House

About the project

The Project is conceptualised as a multifamily housing complex, comprising of underground car-park, storage and technical rooms, common areas such as wellness, spa and fitness area, with plenty of greenery and open views. Housing is organised in 3 duplex houses, or 6 units of which each has ca. 325m2 of net usable area, plus ca 300 m2 of garden area. Duplex A has two units, spreading over 3 levels. Its position on the site allows for perfect views and good insolation throughout the whole year. Duplex Houses B and C are slightly different from Duplex A, with an extra basement level for guest rooms, fitness rooms, hobby rooms, etc. The underground carpark is accessed from the Orahov brijeg street via car ramp that leads to-1 level. Each unit has 2 parking lots, i.e. 12 parking lots in total. This level also provides extra manoeuvring area, or extra parking lots for guest visitors. Pedestrians can access this level from two opposite sides to optimise the communication between the units and the parking area. Storage and some technical facilities are also organised on this level. The common areas are organised on the-2 level.The wellness, spa and gym area will increase the comfort of living and overall quality of life. Conceptually, the project aims at exploration of the specifics of duplex housing typology. Based on a holistic approach and analysis, 3x2 volumetric organisation seemed most fit to respond to the complex questions of the project, the site`s steep slope, the views and insolation, and the context. 22

visualisation, aerial view of the complex

Arrangement on the site has been studied through careful alterations of height placements, volumes shaping and rotations to optimise the great views and site`s insolation, but at the same time to allow enough privacy for residents. Archetypal forms blend the structures into dominantly single-family homes, where modern sloped roofs resemble traditional forms of the region. Materials used were chosen to complement the shape of the volume, with rustic metal sheet plates fully coating the volume, following the natural movement of both rain and snow, and protecting more porous bricks on the side facades. Modern and sophisticated glass details and shapes make this archetypal form a contemporary one as well. Every house will be built of high quality materials resistant to all types of weathering. This will create timeless and contemporary architecture in line with the European housing standards. High thermal insulation of all parts of the envelope will reduce the heating and cooling requirements to the minimum. The energy will be obtained 100% from renewable resources to create lowenergy architecture with constant high quality of the interior living (temperature, relative humidity, illumination, oxygen concentration, etc.). Every house will have its own air recuperation system, which will allow for computerized controlling of the air quality by means of a central system that sends signals for activation. The houses are oriented to receive eastern, southern and western sunlight during the day. Potential over-insolation will be controlled by means of externally integrated aluminium shutters. Large glass surfaces will allow the natural environment to become a part of the interior ambiance. 23



visualisation,view from Orahov brijeg street


visualisation,view from Orahov brijeg street


visualisation,view from north-west

visualisation,view from north-west


visualisation,view from south-east


visualisation,view from north-east

visualisation,view from south-east


visualisation,view from south

visualisation,view from south



visualisation,view from south-west

Six Housing - Orahov Brijeg, Sarajevo Haris Bradić, Ma.Arh. Neufeld-Bradić Architecture

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SIX HOUSING Project in Sarajevo, B&H  

Modern and healthy living in Bosnia

SIX HOUSING Project in Sarajevo, B&H  

Modern and healthy living in Bosnia

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