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BUILDING
 
 
Lace apartments
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ofis
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DESCRIPTION
 
The location of the apartment block is 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 climatic conditions – it is renowned as the hottest town in Slovenia in summer and also has very strong winds in winter.
The city with its climate, vegetation and way of living has Mediterranean character, where external shady space has high importance. Therefore the client demand was to design rich external spaces of different characters. Studying the different external spaces of the existing houses in the area have we proposed types such as: balcony and terraces – both opened and covered with roof or pergola, loggias that are closed from the side and fully or partly glazed and fences of different characters – transparent with glass or metal fence, full and of different heights. Many balconies have integrated cupboards for storing external furniture. Using for all this traditional elements, apartments gain different characters that are more exposed or intimate and that offer opened or partly enclosed views. Using these elements, the building restates three-dimensional lace which embraces its volume.

Given urban conditions - The fixed urban site of the building had to be a rectangular block 48 x 16m x 5 floors. The clients brief was also clear with apartment’s sizes and typologies that actually are simple and repeated. Over this simple structure the second skin of terraces provides each apartment different character and possibility to buyer to choose the one that responds to his lifestyle.

The facade color patterns are taken from typical color elements of the area (typical Gorica valley soil, wine and brick roof-tops) ...nevertheless the locals started to call it "pyjamas" (it reminds them of male nightwear pattern).
Besides the 5 floors two underground garages were built. In the ground floor offices and shops/services are located.
The air conditioning external elements are partly on the roof and partly behind the metal grid, which forms the façade of the mezzanine above the ground floor.

Edited by Ofis arhitekti
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
General ecology
1. The combination of façade elements – projecting roofs, pergolas, dividing apartment walls, terraces and balconies with loggias – function as constant temperature buffer zone to the main living and sleeping areas and protect against sudden weather changes and strong winds. Additional aluminum shading panels are placed on the outer sides of the winter loggias and balconies.
2. The service and communication spaces are reduced to minimum thus the daylight is provided by the shafts. The monthly basic energetic and service costs are very low; and therefore also economic for the inhabitants.

Edited by Ofis arhitekti
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Slovenia [Slovenija]
Region
Goriška
Town
Nova Gorica
Address
Rejčeva cesta
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Structures for public areas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2004    
Realisation
2006 - 2008
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CLIENT
 
 
Kraški Zidar d.d., Sezana
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Number
68 apartments
Surface
total sq.m. 10.250 (sq.m. 1.200/floor)
2 room apartment sq.m. 69,00
2.5 room appartment sq.m. 89,00
3 room apartment sq.m. 103,00
Floors
5 aboveground
2 underground (parking)
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Elea d.o.o.
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STAFF
 
Project architect
Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik
Design team
Nejc Batistic, Martina Lipicer, Andrej Gregoric, Katja Aljaz
Systems
Biro ES d.o.o.
Transport planning
Tega invest d.o.o.
Developer
Kraški Zidar d.d.
 
 
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