Located on a hillside that used to be open grassland but is now overtaken by pine trees, Belgrade-based architecture studio .exe designed this compact and simple holiday residence near the tourist resort of Divčibare in Serbia. The house’s small volume and contemporary design approach perfectly match the young forest growing around it, as do the materials used for its construction, particularly the pine wood and other locally-sourced materials.
With the intention of creating a structure that blends in with its surroundings, the architects decided to merge the traditional and the contemporary, resulting in the house’s two distinct volumes: one white, covered in ceramic tiles and containing the kitchen and living room, and one black, containing the bedroom and also functioning as a sheltered patio. A study in simplicity and efficiency, the house looks more like a nature observation outpost than a residence, case in point, the large panoramic window in the living room and the way the bedroom is tucked away up in the cosy attic. Although its inaccessible location proved to be the greatest difficulty during construction, the house is an ideal retreat for peaceful contemplation away from the world and unwinding at one’s own pace.