Parallel Lifes

architects Andrija Rusan, Jasminka Rusan
project Dašekovo House, Gornja Podgora, Croatia
written by Vera Grimmer


The cultural history of everyday life has long included the quest for alternative ways of living. Of course, this phenomenon was noticeable only among the privileged classes. In the Romantic period, natural landscapes were considered ‘a cure for the diseases of artificial life’ (Carl Gustav Carus, 1831), while the Biedermeier period developed the ideal image of the village as an object of desire. In the late 19th century, residence in the countryside became a prestigious mark of the bourgeois class.