A tiny house on a traditional pasaž in Serbia

In Novi Sad, a house embedded in the historic fabric of the city circumvents the tight constraints of the site with a design vocabulary that expands the space.

Nestled in the heart of the historic city, a few steps from the Danube, this house designed by SVIMA offers an intimate and cosy refuge in spite of its small size.

Coherently with a settlement typology typical of this part of Europe, the building is located on a pasaž, the semi-private passageway leading through a common gate to a green courtyard shared by several family dwellings, and fuelling a dense and lively urban fabric of small social spaces protected from the urban hustle and bustle. 

SVIMA, Passageway House, Novi Sad, Serbia 2024

The L-shaped building circumvents planimetric constraints by rising on two floors. The ground floor houses the living area with kitchen, living room and services; the upper floor the two bedrooms. The single-pitch roof sloping inwards reduces the impact of the volume on the common space.

SVIMA, Passageway House, Novi Sad, Serbia 2024

While the construction is subjected to the stringent dimensional limits deriving from the lot's conformation, the interior space is dilated, blurring its boundaries and configuring limpid, radiant spaces, thanks to the clear tone palette of furnishings and finishes and to the light construction elements: from the immaculate surfaces of walls and wall cupboards, to the minimalist staircase with a metal mesh structure from which light filters and slender supports that emphasise the upward tension of the dwelling.

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