The residential estates were designed for the inhabitants of an area near Lankorona, whose houses were destroyed by landslides in 2010. The buildings clustered into small groupings were intended to be built quickly and at a relatively low cost. However, this did not mean temporary structures - the new development was to become a sustainable element of the architectural, cultural and social landscape.
The houses were to be cheap to run, energy-efficient - environmentally friendly. However, no high-tech solutions were employed. Various passive methods used for the protection of buildings from energy loss, overheating and wind cooling draw inspiration from local tradition.
In analysing the spatial layout and character of Lanckorona’s historic development, it is worth noting several major elements forming a harmonious architectural complex: proportions of ground floors to the roof massing, open gable roofs with similar pitch angles without or with few dormer windows, characteristic gate openings, contrasted with small windows, fencing, walls, wooden tie beam structures - often weatherboarded, with shingle or ceramic roof covering, simple plans of elongated rectangles.
The architectural idea was to “insert” houses between stone walls separating the properties. The walls support gable roofs pitched at approx. 40 degrees. The roofs extend far beyond the perimeter walls, forming entrance gables and garden exit canopies.
The buildings were built with the use of a limited list of architectural means: structure forming and erection rules, proportions, detail.
The design also provided for the already existing neighbour relations. The plans of the new development also envisaged the creation of even small common public spaces, meeting places. An effort was also made to mix different house types within the estate.