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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

xxs house in Ljubljana, Slovenia by dekleva gregoric arhitekti

 
December 6th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: dekleva gregoric arhitekti

eXtra-eXtra-Small House is located in a specific part of the centre of Ljubljana. The neighbourhood called Krakovo has a structure of a historical village, which was in the Middle Ages supplying the nearby monastery with fresh food and is today highly protected historical area. The basic dimensions of the new house were already defined by law according to the volume of the pre-existing house, hundred years ago working as a service building of a traditional house next-door.

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Local context (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

  • Architect: dekleva gregoric arhitekti
  • Name of Project: xxs house
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Design team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a. M.Arch. (AA Dist), Tina Gregoric u.d.i.a. M.Arch. (AA Dist)
  • Photo: Matevz paternoster

Custom terrazzo counter (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

  • Clients: Private
  • Project: 2002-2004
  • Completion: 2004
  • Surface: 43 m2
  • Budget: 62.000 eur

 

Street view (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

The task was to integrate all residential functions in an extra small volume to suit the needs of a couple living in countryside for their new urban holiday-home.Since the house faces north, it was a challenge to bring the direct and in-direct sunlight to the living spaces in the ground floor. The heritage protection rules allow light shafts on the roofs, but in this case we turned them towards the sky. This major alternation of the volume opend up completly new attic space suitable for use.A huge wall size slide window opens up the space to the intimate atrium and allows for indirect lighting.

The selection of the façade materials and detailing established the desired service apperance of the house. The concept of raw materials stretches from exterior to interior – using fibre cement panels in their primer mode for the roof and yard façade and ‘béton brut’, terrazzo, plywood, iron, felt for the indoor.

 

Living extends toward the mini atrium (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Roof-facade: equal material treatment (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Connection to ground floor (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Visible connections of fibre cement panels (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

The concept of raw materials stretches from exterior to interior –'béton brut', terrazzo, plywood, iron, felt. (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Connection to ground floor (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Steel stairs towards the ground floor living (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Attic sleeping space with a series of roof windows (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

From the kitchen towards the entrance (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Detail of the steel stairs (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Small but bright bathroom (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

Attic sleeping space with a series of roof windows (Images Courtesy Matevz paternoster)

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