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Rose House, Girona, Spain
Design: Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design
Rose House Girona
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Rose House – 27 Jun 2013
The house resembles a flower shape, with the living spaces grouped around a central circular courtyard in smaller and larger circles that also continue to enclose the rest of the site as defined garden spaces. This gives each room a two-folded orientation – to the central courtyard and to the surrounding gardens.

Interpolation – Social Housing Development at the Edge of the City, Rijeka
Design: Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design
Social Housing in Rijeka
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Social Housing Rijeka – 4 Jan 2013
“The project is our design-research effort to create a habitat where people, buildings and nature are balanced in their coexistence. Our premise of a worth while effort: If for hundreds of years humanity focused on the ways to be independent of and eventually master nature, then during this century humanity will focus on the ways to come to an understanding on how to be part of nature”.

Zoka Zola Architect – Key Projects

Designs by Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design, Chicago

Bird Island Zero-Energy Home – Rafflesia House, Sentul Park, Kuala Lumpur, western Malaysia
Design: Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design
Bird Island Design
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Bird Island Design
The project is envisaged as the first showcase of Sustainable Zero Energy Housing in the world. The competition brief called for houses that work in harmony with the environment, are made from renewable materials, create their own energy, and recycle water.

Pfanner House, Chicago, IL, USA
Pfanner House
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Pfanner House
This house is built on an undersized Chicago lot. The house has 3000 sqft including garage and exterior spaces, which is about 2/3 of its allowable building area. The house suggests a way of urbanizing residential planning in Chicago.

Zero CO2 Hostel Building, Southern China
Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design with Arup Hong Kong
Lantau Island Hostel
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Zero CO2 Hostel Building
This is the 4th 0 CO2 building design by Zoka Zola (2 houses in Kuala Lumpur and 1 in Chicago).
The project is concerned with optimizing the ventilation to a very high degree (in collaboration with Arup) and developing an innovative building configuration that acts like a large ventilation machine.

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Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design – Practice Information

Architects studio based in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Zoka Zola, RIBA, AIA, LEED AP
Principal Owner + Architect of Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design

Zoka Zola holds a MArch from the University of Zagreb, and a MAPH, Division of the Humanities from the University of Chicago.

After practicing and teaching for many years in London, Zoka Zola established her practice in 2002 in Chicago where she realized the Pfanner House. The house won the Home of the Year Award as the best house in North America by Architecture magazine and was recently included in American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Centuries by Kenneth Frampton as one of 43 seminal houses built in the USA since 1985. Her practices’ other work includes three zero energy houses (one in Chicago and two in Kuala Lumpur), a solar tower in Chicago, a Web 2.0 open source web site, an urban plan for the entire city of Chicago, a number of prototypes for residential and educational buildings, a zero-energy training center with hostel in South China, and most recently the realization of a winning competition proposal for affordable housing in Croatia. Zoka has taught at numerous Universities – Oxford Brookes University, Architectural Association in London, The School of the Art Institute, University of Illinois in Chicago and Illinois institute of Technology. Zola’s work is published and exhibited in numerous venues and publications on five continents. Zola occasionally gives lectures on her work and her ideas, runs seminars and speaks at conferences nationally and internationally.

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