The use of timber as the principal material for both interior and exterior was prompted by the availability of local labour and existing skills in the use of local material. However, rather than merely copying traditional forms, the architect deliberately used timber in a different way, combining contemporary and traditional design. The building, which is irregular in form, is built from concrete, with a shingle-clad roof, facades faced with split logs and a stone plinth. Large glazed areas allow ample light into the building, reflecting the natural setting and linking the old and new buildings. One might almost say that the exterior of the building has a chameleon-like ability to adapt to the seasons.
Inside, the space is divided up by slanting wooden posts with struts that evoke the 'chaotic' nature of a forest. The lower posts carry the gallery, and the upper posts, on the gallery itself, along with the 'haphazard' ceiling, form an inner wooden envelope suggestive of a dense forest canopy. The ceiling is composed of the triangular elements of a regular hexagon, in the form of wooden slats fixed to the concrete shell.
In a further example of collaboration between the architect and local firms, the restaurant was fitted out with specially designed and handmade solid wood furniture
. (Elša Turkušić)
Interior, Wood |
Bosnia and Herz.