House HB by Bevk Perović Arhitekti



Slovenian architects Bevk Perović Arhitekti built this house on a hilltop in the countryside close to Ljubljana.


Completed in 2007, the aluminium-clad House HB features an elongated house-form containing living areas, while bedrooms and bathrooms are contained in a hidden level buried underground.


See House D by Bevk Perović Arhitekti in our earlier story.


Here's some info from the architects:


House HB, Ljubljana Pirniče, Slovenia
bevk perović arhitekti


The architectural concept of House HB was determined by the location of the property on the prominent part of the landscape, a top of a small hill overlooking a village.


This picturesque site is a typical Slovenian suburban situation – a ‘rural suburbia’ – close to the city but rural at the same time.


While most of the buildings in the neighborhood are cliché two stories high individual houses, typical of postwar central European architecture, House HB attempts to define another kind of domestic environment – it is a redefinition of a specific form of traditional houses, low and elongated rural buildings more associated with stables than habitation.


House HB, situated on top of the low hill, appears like a transparent object rising from the ground. Despite its dominant position, the house seems to merge with the landscape. At first sight it looks like a kind of prototypical house-shape, dominating the top of the hill.


The roof and side facades are clad in the same material, 6 m long aluminum plates, which merge the surfaces together into a clean, anonymous house-shape, devoid of any ornamental details. The house appears as a sign, as a model of the house.


House HB aims to keep iconographic motives of the traditional house such as pitched roof, relatively small volume and linear spatial sequences.


But it is more spacious then it appears from a distance – a whole floor of the house is ‘submerged’ into the hill underneath it. The intimate areas of the house, including bedrooms and library, are hidden in the terrain while the living areas are located in the upper part of the house.


The two elevations offer quite different living experiences. While the lower structure is built in concrete and is oriented towards the hidden patio, the upper structure is made of glass, entirely transparent along the longer edges of the building. The open interior has no partitions. Different areas like kitchen, dining and living are distinguished by the selection of furniture, groups of which form a kind of virtual rooms.


The border between inside and outside is merging, the inside of the house continuing on the grass via wooden platforms. The surrounding landscape therefore becomes an extended living environment.


basic data

building: House HB
location: Pirniče, SI-1000 Ljubljana
client: private
programme: habitation


project team: bevk perović arhitekti
Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perović, Maja Valič
project: 2004-2005
execution: 2005/2007
photographer: Miran Kambič





Posted on Monday May 18th 2009 at 6:32 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • eric luyckx

    how to get the more polluant in the basement of your house ? put the car port underground ! wouw ! that’s just the level of the rooms ! i guess the door have been checked for sealing ! otherwise, nice work (for rich people)

  • Martin

    @1 in a couple of years rich people will be driving electric cars. And anyway, people generally turn their car off when they park it. ;-)

  • Niels

    Once again, very refined details. Better not talk about what will happen when one of those fixed windows gets damaged however :) In comparison to the facade of the above level, I think the “underground” facade is a bit less succesful. It looks like the architects saw that level as a kind of base or footing for the rest of the project. Which in concept I like. Maybe the facade has to be either a bit more massive or more in line with the above facade.
    Nevertheless a beautiful adaptation of a vernacular model. Nice work

  • G

    As with all their work: Simple, elegant and beautiful.

  • alan

    those photos look like high end renders?

  • Somo

    Similar idea to Ted Cullinan’s house in Camden Mews, which has worked for them for the last forty years.

    Brick ground floor base encloses bedrooms – next to parking space. Rising above is open plan timber living / cooking space – which is also the entrance level.

  • windbag

    All in all, a flat roof Frank Lloyd Wright style would have been more elegant and less intrusive to the landscape.

  • Adore the aluminum exterior and how well the house melds with the surroundings. The lower part is less interesting.

  • I love this! I love simple structures so so much…

  • mg

    The best way is the easy way.
    Very simple and clever.
    I like it so mutch

  • This is ultra cool. The drawings, though very crisp, do not give any sense of how slick the finished building could be. It is an excellent work in place-making but i worry about how thermal cooling is achieved (boring, I know)

  • mcmlxix

    Speaking of FLW, this was the Perovic house that made me see that he models his structures as if they were wooden blocks (ala Froebel), though in retrospect there are better examples of this in his portfolio…pedestals, stacks, cantilevers, and voids (blocks) punched out. House R & House SB also demonstrate this well.

    House K indicates a serious Mies fetish. Though Perovic must admit as much as he links the Barcelona Pavilion to his site. I guess if you’re going to emulate the masters, those two aren’t a bad choice. Still I think Perovic makes them his own via his articulation and materials.

  • Fling

    At first sight it looks like a kind of prototypical house-shape, dominating the top of the hill, but in an almost housey way. On second viewing, the “house” has become a transparent object, appearing from the hillside, but clad in a house shaped box, made of metal, concealing the transparency of housiness that dominate the stereotypical form that has reverted momentarily to that of a house, almost overpoweringly, but wait – blurring the boundary between the inside of the house that is not there and the outside of the symbol that used to be a house, but is now a virtual room, with furniture, like one would find in, say, a house, which this is most definitely not because it is in fact a model of houseness, translated into a container of living that mocks us with its allusions to housedom.

  • graham

    not sure why the comment (for rich people) is needed? What does being rich have to do with anything? Anyway to the house, I like how they have tried to maintain a link to the surrounding housing by mimicking the traditional shape of houses in the area. The downstairs level does look a bit too heavy compared to the upper level. It could have been a tad more sympathetic in my eyes.

    I love how the lounge opens up with the continuation of flooring to the outside. I would have liked to have seen some photos of the downstairs rooms as well though

  • pipe

    Seems conceived from the outside in with little regard for interiors.

    While we can see it looks great on the hill from the hundred exterior shots, the interiors really let it down. I’m not sure whether the modern-ish barn aesthetic is really working for a domestic space nor in relation to the implied view. Makes me wonder how resolved the more private functions are…

  • JDC

    I’ll agree with Niels, the backside basement facades seems to have recieved less attention in conceptualization and detailing. Other than that, big fan of the modern interpretation of a vernacular structure. The details and the openess make this project.
    FYI, I’ll never drive an electric car, some things are not meant to be.

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  • Lipi

    Just a comment about the flat/pitched roof; it is highly likely the roof type and it’s pitch have been set and they had to obey it. That is common here in Slovenia. I think they pulled it off pretty well, better than the downstairs facades.
    I would love to see the details of how they solved the drains.