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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.

VILLA CRISS-CROSS ENVELOPE in Ljubljana, Slovenia by OFIS ARCHITECTS

 
March 19th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OFIS ARCHITECTS 

The Villa is located in the Mirje Suburbs within the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The street of the villa runs perpendicular to the ancient Roman Wall and continues into a pedestrian passageway under the stone pyramid designed by Plecnik (as part his reconstruction project along the wall). The Villa’s new structure embeds an existing retaining wall along the street front. By incorporating the wall as part of the new construction, the new house keeps original position on this street in an axial alignment to the pyramid.

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

  • Architects: OFIS ARCHITECTS
  • Project: VILLA CRISS-CROSS ENVELOPE
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Photography: Tomaz Gregoric
  • Status: Project 2012, Construction start 2013, Completion 2015
  • Area: 340 m2
  • Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Janez Martincic, Andrej Gregoric, Jade Manbodh, Elisa Ribilotta, Maria Della Mea, Lukasz Czech, Istvan Jenei, Dora Kljenak, Marko Gusic, Jan Celeda, Tanja Veselic, Carlos García-Almonacid,  Marija Barovic, Jamie Lee, Polina Isyanyulova, Dani Kaludjerovic, Daniel Muniz Domínguez, Nika Zufic, Marta Vela, Aubin Gastineau, Catarina Cristovinho, Maria Trnovska, Estefanía Lopez Tornay, Jolien Maes, Katarina Lampic, Sabrina Cep

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

  • Technical team: 
    • Structural engineering: IB TECHNO, Gravitas
    • Mechanical engineering: Vavtar engineering
    • Electrical engineering: Eurolux
    • Mechanical servicess: Vavtar Inženiring
    • Lighting design: Arcadia lightwear
    • Interior carpentry: Permiz
    • Facade and windows contractor: Domal
    • Main construction contractor: G&A
Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

The external structure is composed of a cube volume and perforated metal envelope. The volume extracts cut-outs to create pockets of space that provide a pyramidal stepping down along the roof, a void along the entrance and private glass patios with terraces for living areas of the house. Using a material with holes on both sides aims to make an abstract interpretation of the texture of classical villas in the historical suburb. The rough classical façade was represented with double perforated panels; the task was to achieve texture through the illusion of depth which allows a light presence and enhances the shadows and reflections off a palette of beige tints. The three-dimensional texture creates a dynamic abstraction while encapsulating its coherent volume. Diagonal crosses act as a functional and graphic representation. The crosses brace the frames of panels and create identity like façade ornaments on historical citizen villas.

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

The internal volume embodies two elements: exposed structural concrete walls and a wooden shell. The project required a residence for a single family with three children. The brief was to maximize living area with minimum of the service space. The concept divides space based on distinct program by separating function not by walls but floor levels: ground floor is living/communal space, first floor is children area and second floor parents area. With no cellar, the shell is integral to provide all of the space for storage. The flush walls fold out to house cupboards, shelves and drawers throughout the living areas and furniture such as beds, seating and counters are built into the floor in order to optimize space and provide easy maintenance. This connects different spaces in the house by giving a common function to partitions.

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

Image Courtesy © Tomaz Gregoric

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Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © OFIS ARCHITECTS

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