Kotor is a UNESCO listed site, defined by its sea edge, mountain backdrop and old city. The site benefits from far reaching views of the old city and the mountains to the South-East and of the Sea to the North-West. The old city has a varied urban grain that has developed organically over time, with clusters of buildings meeting to create a network of irregular open spaces between them. The site is bounded by the busy Magistrala road to the East, a canal and green park to the South and the Adriatic Sea edge to the West.
A central axis would be formed through the site, aligned with 2 key vistas towards the mountain backdrop with old city to the South-East and towards the sea to the North-West. Public uses would be gathered around the central axis. A clustering of buildings would sensitively reference the old city’s varied urban grain. Residential buildings would frame a south facing green courtyard, connected to the adjacent park by a new bridge. Intervention to the sea edge would provide a point of arrival by water.
The main public space is aligned with a central axis and views of the mountain backdrop, old city and sea. This covered space is layered with a mix of active uses, including a pool and restaurant; each benefiting from panoramic views of the UNESCO listed location. The hotel is arranged around views of the sea, mountain backdrop and old city. New residences are arranged around a green courtyard and border the park and waterside. New stone walls would reference local historic textures, forming the elevations facing the old city. Softer green walls would form edges to new green spaces. Sustainable technologies integrated into the proposal would utilise the water and ground for heating and cooling. The sea edge would by redefined by a dynamic stepped landscape of walkways and beaches.