The stone objects in landscape and their role

Shelter in green: shelter in rough stone, red soil and green are the elements of environment with all components of sustainability in the nature. (Kazun (Istra), Croatia)

In the environment stone appears completely natural: although a building is the product of human labour, it is harmonised with nature and pleasant to behold. Thus walls, but also smaller buildings and shelters, are built in human scale and don't stand out in their settings. They merge with them and give added value.

The buildings as such are positioned in the environment harmoniously or in contrast. Both possibilities give the setting added value: the first is less contesting, while the latter demands more knowledge, feeling and culture.

Effects caused by introducing stone constructions into natural environments are manifold:
- controlled use of vegetation stimulates its' growth, but also raises its' quality;
- local materials merge with the environment, and are unobtrusive;
- utility of the environment as such increases with controlled use;
- new elements can present harmonious spatial emphasis, unobtrusively and more successfully.

Position of shelter: shelter can be placed out of the wall, in the wall or in the middle of the field or enclosed pasture

Shelters as the most elementary and typical architecture can be positioned in space:
- independently, when buildings have no interactive relations;
- in groups, when they form architectural ensembles, farmsteads;
- in clusters, when they present a dense, newly settled space;
- densely, when objects of vernacular architecture form villages or towns.

Whatever the form these buildings built in the dry-wall technique assume, they are so close to nature that they become its' part and although created by humans they are not alien.


Shelters and the town: the only three towns, composed of stone shelters, are in Puglia (Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca), and the towns are real jewells
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