Divcibare house, mountain home, Serbia, Exe Studio, vernacular architecture, sloped roof, shingles, traditional architecture, locally sourced materials, timber

Built into the hillside of Mount Maljen, close to the Divcibare tourist resort, the house blends into the natural surroundings dominated by pine forests. Its slate roof surfaces reference the traditional architecture of the region while introducing an element of modernity. A steep roof clad in timber shingles houses open-plan sleeping quarters which can accommodate up to seven people and shelters a small porch. The combined living and dining area with a small kitchen occupy the white monolithic volume.

Divcibare house, mountain home, Serbia, Exe Studio, vernacular architecture, sloped roof, shingles, traditional architecture, locally sourced materials, timber

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With the exception of a few rustic details and intricately woven traditional carpets, the interior sports a minimalist aesthetics that focuses most of the attention on the large bay window overlooking the surrounding hilltops.

Divcibare house, mountain home, Serbia, Exe Studio, vernacular architecture, sloped roof, shingles, traditional architecture, locally sourced materials, timber

The relatively low budget and inaccessibility of the site dictated the design and construction processes, forcing the architects to create an architecture of simple gestures and utilize locally available materials. Timber from local forests was combined with ceramic tiles in an attempt to accentuate the dichotomy between the modern and the traditional.

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Photos by Relja Ivanić