Olive House  - IQ Glass International

Bespoke Slim Glass Doors for Luxury Villa on the Coast of Croatia

This family home in Croatia, named Olive House, isover 500 metres squared, benefitted from a bespoke glazing package to suit its unusual requirements. The slim glass doors for the luxury villa were manufactured in one off sizes to create an internal glass courtyard, featuring a living tree to incorporate biophilic design.

From the nearby sea, the expansive home is almost invisible, sensitively designed to sit within the slope on the coast of Stara Novalja Bay. Embedded into the slope, the dwelling sits 19 metres above sea level and the glazing package was designed with sea views in mind. Slim framed glazing systems and frameless structural glass windows were used to create the luxury villa design, with ultra-slim sightlines from just 21mm allowing light and view to travel through the home freely to create a light, bright interior design.

Our slim glass doors for luxury villas are engineered using aluminium, which is infinitely recyclable. Olive House was designed with sustainability at the heart, combining the low volume of the villa with environmentally conscious building materials such as LED lighting, a geothermal heat pump system, solar collectors and a green roof. Although the orientation is largely south-facing, the positioning of the home and glazing means the building is externally protected from the sun and the risk of overheating is eliminated.

The internal glass courtyard is designed with slim framed sliding doors from the minimal windows range on all four sides, with opening corner configurations and flexible sliding panes granting multiple access points. When the oversized glass doors are slid open, the space becomes one large indoor-outdoor living space, with enhanced ventilation and a strong connection to nature.

Slim glass doors for luxury villas are a perfect choice, allowing architects and specifiers to push boundaries and create unique opening systems on a large scale. The floor to ceiling sliding glass doors create a fully glazed finish, with head and base frames concealed within the building finishes for the most minimal glass courtyard design.

Elsewhere in the property, another set of slim framed sliding glass doors grants access to a private terraced area that overlooks the sea. The aluminium profiles were powder coated in a pale silver colour, in keeping with the surrounding pale interior design, to maintain a subtle design and allow the glass to be the primary feature. The primary materials used throughout the home are wood and stone, contrasting the metal profiles of the slim framed sliding doors within the glass courtyard.

Simple from the outside, Olive House is anything but ordinary thanks to the glass atrium design with an olive tree. The layout and orientation of the home allows natural light to travel through the slim glass doors of luxury villa, creating different light patterns and shadows as the sun moves. To enhance the biophilic architectural design further, the flat roof has been planted with various different flowers which have been carefully curated to bloom at all different times of the year.

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