A series of black and white geometric boxes, punctuated by giant glass windows, looks down over a swimming pool and a forested hillside leading to the sea. Located on the Croatian island of Krk, the summer house by Turato Architecture is named ‘Gumno’ after a circular stone feature that was already on the site before construction began. Part of Croatian tradition, gumnos were gathering places where the community came together to thresh grain and hold discussions.
The striking modern home stands in stark contrast to these stone structures, with its tiered arrangement or irregular shapes jutting sharply from the landscape. Gazing out from the uppermost level, which houses the private bedrooms, a viewer’s eye skips from the irregularly-shaped swimming pool on the second-level terrace to the gumno, and finally to the water beyond.
Each of the four independent units on the top floor has its own intimate terrace, and the stone on the rooftop echoes that of the historical structures and the walls that line the nearby roads. Though the residence is far from inconspicuous, daring to be quite different from the neighbors, it still manages to feel like a natural fit that pays tribute to the location.