Villa 2498 lays on a hill in the stunning village of Luboten, which hosts one ofthe highest and most attractive peaks of the Sar Mountains, the Luboten Peak.Influencing the name of the village itself, the Luboten Peaktops 2498meters, therefore the site makesfor a fantastic scenic situation with breathtaking views over bewildering peak of Luboten.Home to a Kosovan businessman, Villa 2498 emerges high up on the top of this hill, while itinherits not only views of the second highest peak in Kosovo but its elevation as well. The whole design comes to grips with this context, constructing a direct relationship with the landscape, faced openly on two sides, while emerging from it thanks to an eloquent contemporary design.
The designconcept of the Villa 2498 reflects a modern minimalist era; adeveloped design style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used by the architect to create the maximum effect.The structure's beauty is determined by playing with mass, using the basic geometric shapes as outlines, thus reducing to its necessary elements. This aesthetic tactic of arranging the numerous necessary components of the villacreates an impression of extreme simplicity, always keeping in mind considerations for ‘essences’ like light, form, detail of material, space, place and human condition in relation to the site. Here, in the midst of the grassy terrain of Luboten, treated as virgin land for construction, the architecture of Villa 2498 stands out clearly as a complete entity with definite limits.
Villa 2498 is designed as a modern residential building, where the livable area is split on two storeys. With floor plans designed to be flexible and open, the traditional concept of entering the house on the first floor is defied, thus one is directed to enter on the upper levelvia the external staircase, exploring its way down.The space is open and defined at the same time.The main level hosts the kitchen, dining area and the living room with the fireplace, while a spiral staircase leads to the lower level, where the three bedrooms and a bathroom are located.The sequence living-dining-kitchen encounters two outdoor spaces: one on theupper level, facing the living room;and one terrace at ground level connects to a recessed patio faced by the underground spaces, with two bedrooms, shaded for cool comfort.
You arrive at the villa by a stair path through the front garden, the roof gives a dramatic change in the pathway, while it protects at the same time as it introduces an element which projects outside the main facade of the building. There is a subtle playfulness between open and closed. Space was a prime consideration for this project and the end result is greater than the sum of the parts, with the design generating more space than we started with.An outdoor sunken fireplace, accessed via the front of the house, sits in the middle of the yard and offers altered perspectives of appreciating the design.