BMA – Besian Mehmeti Architects
Multi-Unit Residential
North Macedonia
Company Name
BMA – Besian Mehmeti Architects
Project Team
Besian Mehmeti,
Stefan Atanasoski,
Hristina Mijalcheva,
Branko Stojanovski,
Urosh Nikoloski,
Teuta Bajrami,
Dame Jovanovski,
Viktor Lazareski,
Astrit Aziri,
Emilija Stojanoska
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North Macedonia
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North Macedonia
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Multi-Unit Residential
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Project overview
The concept of alternative housing as the main program requirement was a guide during the entire design process and seeking a solution with a new way and model of housing. The opportunity to step out of comfort and the way of designing further increased the challenge and the desire to do something different. The urban parameters required the construction of two individual family houses-semi-detached houses, and the fact that the client is the owner of the two construction plots was an advantage in the whole process. His requests and wishes were to treat the building as a whole from an aesthetic, formalistic and functional aspect, but respecting the set urban parameters and limitations. After the design process and collection of the entire project documentation and obtaining the building permit, the construction of the building started in 2020, and the completion of the building is in 2022.The facility is located on “Banjaluchka” Street No. 20 in the Municipality of Karposh, Skopje, Republic of S. Macedonia. The urban block that includes this building is part of the planned and already built individual family houses, i.e. low-rise residential structures with floors up to P+2+PK. The very location of the building to the surrounding infrastructure allows access to it from two sides, from the east and west, but the main traffic access is from the east side.
Project history
The newly built building aims to fit into the context in which it is located, but with a new contemporary approach to architecture that is the result of experimentation with forms and materials as well as functional organization and arrangement of residential units on several interlevels and interwoven floors. The whole concept of the solution is aimed at each residential unit being a house in itself with all the qualities that housing a house brings, and yet being part of a community of residential units. In short, the house-in-a-house concept.That very principle and the setting of those goals was incorporated into the two individual houses with 4 residential units each, that is, a total of 8 residential units. Each of the residential units is spread over two levels, and some even on three (different variations and combinations, development of two mezzanines, two levels and one mezzanine), as well as the additional inclusion of vertical greenery integrated into the facade treatment through cantilevered planters and providing on open areas-terraces in each residential unit enriches the feeling of individuality and independent housing. Within each residential unit, each of the rest rooms (parent’s and children’s rooms) have their own bathrooms, which increases convenience and comfort. The provision of a larger number of parking spaces than necessary and the possibility of choosing the type of parking space, garage boxes – individual or parking in the common underground garage increase the user’s choice. The residential units located on the ground level have the possibility of their own courtyard, and the residential units on the attic have their own flat roof terraces with a swimming pool. In general, each residential unit offers a range of benefits and comfort, flexibility in the use of space and its transformability. The functional distinction established through the placement of the spatial contents according to their purpose at different levels enriches the organization of the residential unit, and thus can change the already defined way of life and living habits.The structural assembly, the architecture, the choice of materials, the dynamics of volumes, the development of residential units on multiple levels, the integrated greenery, the enrichment of the program within each unit represent a successful symbiosis that gives this object the opportunity to change and transform and be different aesthetically externally in each period of the year, but also functionally according to the user’s choice.