Dream homes

H House: irregular floor plan and open, light-flooded rooms

Single-family house with an irregular floor plan facade

An irregular floor plan is usually a challenge. The architects at 4M Group decided on precisely such a complex construction for the “H House” project. The inspiration comes from the traditional Albanian costume of men, the fustanella, and the rhythmic movement of the fabric while dancing. Due to the uneven distribution of the rooms, the team tried to reflect the cultural heritage of the Republic of Kosovo and to illustrate a renewed optimism in Pristina. The house exudes security, but has an open, light-flooded interior.

H House – Its irregular floor plan is adapted to the building site

Entrance hall high ceiling glass door console table cabinet with bench

As far as possible, recycled material was used for concrete and masonry elements. Since the climate is characterized by hot Mediterranean summers and winters, which can bring deep cold and heavy snow, the responsible use of energy was particularly important to the architects. The house benefits from both the good insulation and the deeply recessed windows that allow the winter sun to flood into the rooms.

Irregular floor plan and sustainability

open living area raised beds with bamboo and ornamental gravel

For this project, the design team aimed for a passive use of solar energy, which is why the location and orientation of the house was adapted to these principles. At H House, the main components of the building are the heavily insulated reinforced concrete façades and the triple-glazed windows. The high thermal mass of components and the airtight construction withstand seasonal temperature fluctuations well and have led to a house that requires little energy to ensure a comfortable atmosphere in all weathers.

Dining furniture in brown tones, carpet under the kitchen dining table with wooden fronts

The orientation of the house is to the southwest, where large windows allow a view of the gardens and Prishtina. The windows are set back 1200 mm from the eaves to protect the rooms from the high sun in summer and to let the low winter sun flood into the interior of the house. The elevated position enables natural cross ventilation that cools the house in the summer months.

Irregular floor plan living room wooden floor dining area living area in brown and gray tones

The house has a smart home system that automatically controls the glass slats and opens the skylights. The heating system consists of a double air / water heat pump that supplies the entire underfloor heating and can be supplemented by a wood pellet boiler at temperatures below -25 ° C.

Lounge seating area in the living room sliding doors to the terrace

Energy-saving lighting was used inside and outside, which is automatically switched off at night to further reduce energy consumption and light pollution. Water-efficient devices are used everywhere, electrical devices have the highest efficiency class.

Architects: 4M Group

Location: Çagllavicë

Lead architects: Perparim Rama, Agron Mjekiqi, Fitim Muçaj

Area: 904.0 m2

Project year: 2016

Photography: Ilir Rizaj, Fitim Muçaj

asymmetrical staircase with wooden steps and all-glass railing

asymmetrical staircase with glass railings wooden steps copper pendant lights

Corridor wall design with effect plaster in light gray anthracite flooring

Hallway stairs skylights all-glass railings wood flooring

Hallway skylights wooden floor all-glass stair safety

Effect plaster, wall design, concrete look, wooden floor

Bedroom brown patterned tapestries bed with upholstered headboard

Bedroom brown curtains armchair bed bench

Bedroom indirect lighting wooden floor light gray wall color

Bedroom sheer white curtains and striped pink bedspread curtains

Bedroom cappuccino wall color bedroom bed with leather headboard

walk-in closet skylight sloping ceiling shelves made of dark wood

Bathroom with an irregular floor plan in shades of gray, freestanding bathtub

Bathroom wall tiles in stone optics, anthracite bathtub, freestanding

Bathroom with irregular floor plan walk-in shower glass wall at ground level

modern house with asymmetrical roof night lighting

House with asymmetrical roof construction in Kosovo

Single kitchen in anthracite and matt white, asymmetrical triangular floor plan

modern house glass fronts asymmetrical roof

H House architects plan cross section

Irregular floor plan cross section house plan

Irregular Floor Plan Architecture Environment Plan

Irregular floor plan plan ground floor