Project for an apartment building in Zagreb under the programme of publicly subsidised housing. A rather compact maximum volume was defined by urban regulation, while the programme defined by authorities asked for various types of apartments with minimal floor areas of each room.
With no significant character of the surroundings, the building became more introverted. Two main features mark the form and use of the building. First is the atrium from which the apartments are being accessed over opened galleries and loggias. This atrium serves as a place of encounter of residents and also enables multiple orientations of the apartments. Second feature are shared loggias. Since the programme defined minimal and sometimes hardly useful sizes of loggias, neighbouring apartments share them, thus achieving reasonable spaciousness and fostering the interaction of the residents.
Though polemical, this project raises questions on the meaning of communal living by using common spatial elements and giving them specific mode of use. The shared spaces could always be easily divided but the question remains how often would that be the case.