The small stone house in the Croatian fishing village of Novigrad is known as “The photographer´s house”. The house was once the home and studio of Nikica Karavida, the first public photographer of the region during the 1920s and 1930s. During the war in Croatia the house was destroyed, and lay uninhabited until 2015. Then the artist and designer Boris Kajmak renovated the house and turned it into a cottage for two. He preserved the original character of the house through the respectful treatment of the old building’s structure and fabric, and by the use of local materials and traditional furniture. Decorative elements were carefully integrated, such as the cube tiles with three-dimensional visual effect, which have been laid around the bath tub. The cables and pipings fixed to the walls also form a unique, geometric wall decoration. And the trapdoor’s rope hoist construction, with its large stone block as a counterweight, is an unconventional detail. As a tribute to Nikica Karavida, his photographs are spread all over the house. Unlike the secluded and private atmosphere of the interior, the courtyard opens to the neighboring buildings and forms a sociable meeting point.
Pictures by Tom de Gay
What to do
Swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing.
Why we like this house
Renovation with an artistic approach. A simple and rustic house with lots of character and unusual details.
Boris Kajmak is a Croatian interdisciplinary artist and designer who assimilates artistic thought into the architectural perception. Like with Kuća Kamena his creative process starts with the end product: consumption of the space. When renovating, non tangible elements like sounds, smells and light define the structure.
His conceptual approach has generated sculptures, design, and architectural pieces that have been exhibited internationally since 1999. After graduating in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Mostar (BIH) in 2004, he obtained additional MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2005, London (UK). Boris Kajmak currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Details of the property
Region/Town: HR – Croatia, Dalmatia, Novigrad
Name: Kuća Fotografa
Scenery: Set in an old and close fishing village
Number of guests: suitable for 2 persons
Architecture: Old & new, Historical
Design: Boris Kajmak, Berlin
Special Features: a few steps away, the Kuća Kamena, also renovated by Boris Kajmak, can be found.