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Bivouac "Zoran Šimić"

Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina

© Zlatan Kurto
© Zlatan Kurto
© Jadran Čilić
© Jadran Čilić
© Jadran Čilić
© Zlatan Kurto

Bivouac "Zoran Šimić" is located on the remote mountain Visočica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the first object of this typology on the mountain that just recently has become more accessible due to the development of local road infrastructure.
The bivouac is located at the edge of canyon Rakitnica that runs between mountains Visočica and Bjelašnica. It is one of few locations where trekking paths cross the canyon and connect two mountains. At this site, striking views open over the landscape, dominantly along north-south axis. The project is conceived so to expose the visitor to these views, to make them ever present and accentuate the experience. Internal space is configured by three platforms that are simultaneously floor areas, beds or benches. Two opposing platforms cascade towards entrance space thus enabling as much as nine visitors to sit facing each other. The outer form follows internal platforms arrangement so that the foot print of the object is reduced to the minimum and thus destructive terrain excavations.
The bivouac was built with very limited resources, under difficult high mountain conditions, but with enormous voluntary engagement and cooperation that would be impossible in a purely commercial context. The main challenge in the construction was transportation, and for this
purpose, the military helicopter unit was engaged for the transportation of construction material
to the site. The fact that one of lead architects is an experienced mountaineer has played a crucial
role in the design of the bivouac, increasing the quality of the user’s experience. The architects of
the Filter studio have also contributed to its actual building on the site, together with the members of the local mountaineering club Zeljeznicar, making this a genuine community-driven project.The HASSLACHER Group supplied the interior cladding made of planed spruce. The 229 m² in quality B give the interior a suitable rustic look.

Project information
Location: Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Customer: Gradiz d.o.o.
Architect: Kenan Vatrenjak / Filter Architecture
Structural analysis and design: Kenan Vatrenjak, Nedim Mutevelić, Asmir Mutevelić, Ibrica Jašarević, Vedad Islambegović
Builder: Mountaineering Club Željezničar, Sarajevo
Year of construction: 2019
Products used: 229 m² planed timber in spruce, profil "Schiffboden" 19x116, 229 m², quality B-sort.