Zaha Hadid Architects have designed two prototype villas for a site overlooking the historic town of Dubrovnik in Croatia. The total development comprises 400 villas, two 5* hotels, luxury apartments, retail facilities, a spa and an 18 hole golf course including a golf resort club house.

The concepts, named “Rock” (left) and “Shell” (right), have been developed to help define the architectural style of the resort, which will eventually consist of 400 villas plus hotels and a golf course. The area of development is located north of Dubrovnik, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The land comprises 430 hectare and is located on a high plateau approximately 300m to 400m above sea level, north of the old town of Dubrovnik.

Design concept has a highly expressive, sculptural quality, infused with a sense of light and space. Light and views are the driving forces of the house.