Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Lace apartments, Slovenia by Ofis Arhitekti
This Lace apartments is the latest building by slovenian architecture firm ofis Arhitekti located in the centre of Nova Gorica (population 32.000) – Nova Gorica is situated in the west of Slovenia, adjacent the Slovene – Italian border. It lies 92 meters above sea level. The town has also very specific climate conditions – it is renowned is the hottest town in Slovenia in summer and very strong winds in winter.
This Lace Apartments uses a three-dimensional lace which embraces the volume of the building. this lace concept is also uses for functional elements such as roofs, pergolas, dividing walls and balconies. these provide protection from the elements and privacy for its inhabitants. Additional aluminium shading panels can be added to shelter the balconies in the winter.
The building is positioned on the fixed urban plot 48 x 16m x 5 floors. The formal concept reinstates three-dimensional lace which embraces the volume of the building. Furthermore, the lace is transformed into functional elements – projecting roofs, pergolas, apartment dividing walls, terraces and balconies with loggias. These elements are protecting external spaces and interior of apartments and provide additional privacy to inhabitants. Five floors of housing incorporate 70 two, two and a half, or three-bed apartments while two underground floors provide parking space.
Architect: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2008
Project leaders: Rok Oman & Špela Videčnik
Design Team: Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik, Nejc Batistic, Martina Lipicer, Andrej Gregoric, Katja Aljaz
Client: Kraski zidar, Sezana, Slovenia
Constructed Area: 10.250 sqm including parking
Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric