Zoka Zola

Zoka Zola

Practice: Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design
Established: 2002
City: Chicago
Country: United States
www.zokazola.com
zoka.zola@zokazola.com

Born in Rijeka, Croatia, Zoka holds a MArch from Zagreb University, Croatia and a MAPH from the University of Chicago. Zoka is licensed in the United States (Illinois), the United Kingdom and Croatia. In London, Zoka worked for numerous renowned studios, taught architecture at Oxford and the Architectural Association, and started her own practice working on small-scale public projects. In Chicago, Zoka constructed the Pfanner House, winner of the 2003 North American Home of the Year Award, and was also selected as one of 43 houses in 'American Masterworks - Houses of the 20th and 21st centuries'. Zoka has also been a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. Current studio projects include a zero-carbon house in Chicago, two carbon-free houses in Kuala Lumpur, affordable-housing projects in Croatia, and a zero-carbon training centre and resort in Hong Kong.

Zoka Zola Architecture + Urban Design

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Pfanner House, Chicago

This house explores the architectural concept of opening. Not an opening that merely extends the space, or a continuously transitional space; instead, an opening of one space to another space, smooth, unhindered, calm; openings from inside to the street and from the street to the inside of the house.

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