When a client approached Slovakian architect Peter Jurkovič about building a home in semi-rural Čunovo, outside of the capital city of Bratislava, Jurkovič decided to stick with tradition. "Living small, it resonates," he says. His spin on country living kept true to centuries-old tradition while staying as simple as possible.
Yugoslavia is no longer on the map, but a tiny slice of the former nation still exists in a 1960s apartment building in Belgrade's historic Dorćol neighborhood. It's called Yugodom, and this "stay-over museum" is a curated shrine to midcentury design—and the power of everyday objects—created by local designer Mario Milakovic.
Designer Alejandro Capdevila of Isola System built this approximately 800-square-foot floating house in Wrocław, Poland. "Generally floating houses are very expensive, and very ugly," Capdevila says. "I wanted to build a floating house that was affordable, easy to build, secure, and very well designed."
In recasting a 1,000-square-foot apartment in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lidija Dragisic of Studio 360 sought to create a modern, adaptable residence. "Small spaces are a big challenge and inspiration," she says. "The goal is to make small areas look and feel big, and to be as useful as much bigger spaces are." Dragisic introduced a raft of built-ins, minimalist furniture, and a detailed lighting plan in this overhaul.
It's from the cold, gray forests of Russia that architect Aleksandr Zhidkov drew inspiration for this residence in rainy Polivanovo, just outside Moscow. Plenty of wood and a monochromatic color palette help create a cozy home that's reflective of its surrounding environment.
Dekleva Gregorič Architects turned a former utility building into a stylish, self-sufficient home with a downstairs living space and bathroom linked to two upstairs bedrooms by a sculptural, custom-designed black iron staircase.
Predicting the future tends to be a thankless enterprise, but architect Bartosz Haduch was willing to give it a shot. His firm, NArchitekTURA, eagerly accepted an invitation to participate in a competition to design the “apartment of the future” in Dobrodzień, Poland, where his firm is based.
The space that NArchitekTURA calls the “Apartment of the Future—R&D Laboratory” is the product of more than two years of work. The idea, Haduch says, was “to create an open space, responding to changes in technology, furniture, and the diverse needs and behaviors of users.”
Architect Rok Oman expects the tic-tac-toe comparisons anytime he shows visitors Villa Criss-Cross, a renovated home in Mirje, a historic district in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. The cross-hatch pattern showcased in the building's steel-paneled facade references a pyramid built into the city's stone wall by Jože Plečnik, a famed architect whose Baroque work has become an urban signature.
On a budget of $23,000, an architect in Bratislava renovated his 516-square-foot apartment. Removing walls and adding a modified IKEA cabinet system made the space drastically more space-efficient.
In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.