Ksenija is a residential development within Porto Montenegro, the marina destination masterplanned and designed by ReardonSmith. It consists of 48 luxurious one, two and three-bedroom apartments, all with unobstructed sea or mountain views. Each residence has its own terrace, with some enjoying rooftop verandas and private pools. Two residents-only swimming pools have also been created: an infinity pool on the large, south-facing first floor terrace and, on the fourth floor, another pool with a stunning vantage point overlooking the bay. Mirroring the architectural style of the Regent hotel on the opposite side of the basin, Ksenija’s Italianate façade takes on a somewhat different form from Porto Montenegro’s previous residences. The intention has been to respond to the Venetian design influences that have shaped this stretch of the Adriatic coast while also capturing the traditional vernacular of the region’s architecture. This has been achieved through the use of authentic materials also employed for earlier structures - Montenegrin stone and render for the cladding and terracotta tiles for the roofs – and, to the southern and western façades, grand colonnades reminiscent of the arcaded galleries that are prevalent in the region. The interpretation, however, is contemporary.

Ksenija’s eastern-facing aspect functions as a barrier to vehicular traffic and opens into a colonnade as the grade gradually decreases towards the southern gateway. The buildings’ articulated upper levels enhance the street-side visual appeal as well as the residences’ layouts. Although the northern-oriented perspective houses the main entrance and drop-off area, its overall feel is more residential, with a deliberate reduction in activity at ground level. The height of the buildings decreases towards the west and southward waterline, maximising views from within, while the massing of the residences above the first-floor podium level minimises the buildings’ visual weight and creates a platform for green spaces. These soften the buildings’ architectural edges and assimilates them into the landscape which has been designed by ReardonSmith Landscape.

All the apartments were sold ahead of completion.

ClientAdriatic Marinas d.o.o.
ProjectNew apartments
LocationPorto Montenegro
RSA RoleArchitect
Project StatusCompleted August 2015