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Forma Vila in Ravne Na Koroskem, Slovenia by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Article source: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Forma Vila is a residential house on the outskirts of Ravne na Koroškem, a small Alpine town close to the Slovenian-Austrian border. The town has an over 400 year-long tradition of iron-making, and the local ironworks have had a significant social-economic influence on the town, its sports and culture. The latter has been especially evident since 1964, when the factory started supporting sculpture symposiums “Forma Viva” for artists from all over the world. There are 40 Forma Viva sculptures located all over town, making it a large outdoor gallery, and it is this cosmopolitan project that has given Forma Vila its design context and served as its inspiration. The name itself, Forma Vila, is a play on the words Forma Viva, but the main resemblance between the art movement and the house lies in form and the materials used.

Image Courtesy © Janez Marolt

Image Courtesy © Janez Marolt

  • Architects: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik 
  • Project: Forma Vila
  • Location: Ravne Na Koroskem, Slovenia 
  • Photography: Janez Marolt
  • Collaborators: andrej kotnik, črt čuček
  • Client: private
  • Construction: cbd
  • Main contractor: pipuš slavko
  • Landscape design: maja lesjak
  • Size: 360 m2 (basement: 160 m2, ground floor: 120 m2, attic: 80 m2)
  • Plot: 1,200 m2
  • Built surface: 160 m2
  • Project year: 2010
  • Year of construction: 2014

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Kindergarten Ajda 2 in Ravne Na Koroškem, Slovenia by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Kindergarten Ajda is the extension a kindergarten in Ravne na Koroškem, a Slovene town well known for its long tradition of manufacturing steel. Ajda is located in a housing neighborhood built in the 1980s. It has replaced a former temporary kindergarten extension, which was set up from three containers and had one playroom, offering at the time immediate relief for lack of kindergarten space. Since containers proved a good solution, the local authorities commissioned the new, permanent kindergarten extension to be built out of containers as well13 containers ISO 20’ were therefore added to the three existing ones and all of them carefully incorporated into a unique whole, once again showing the ease with which containers help efficiently and quickly manage building size: as they are added or removed, container buildings can grow larger or smaller. Ajda’s containers are arranged into clusters and joined by a single roof, with spaces in between used for various purposes, such as dressing room, covered terraces and multi-purpose entrance. Since the frame structure of the kindergarten is from containers, the result is a spacious kindergarten constructed within a budget lower than that of an average Slovene kindergarten.

Image Courtesy Miran Kambic

  • Architects: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
  • Project: Kindergarten Ajda 2
  • Location: Ravne Na Koroškem, Slovenia
  • Design Team: Jure Kotnik, Andrej Kotnik, Tjaša Mavrič, Tina Marn
  • Container System: Conhouse
  • Producer: Trimo D. D.
  • Client: Municipality Ravne Na Koroškem
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Miran Kambic

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Temporary Kindergarten Ajda in Ravne na Koroskem, Slovenia by Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

In a small Slovenian town close to the border with Austria kindergartens unexpectedly became too small for the increasing number of young children and the existing kindergarten infrastructure had to be quickly expanded to meet the rising demand. The original idea was to build a larger kindergarten extension next to the old one, but this was a plan for the mid-term. In the meantime the authorities resorted to an efficient solution using ISO containers, which are quick to set up and cost-efficient.

Temporary Kindergarten Ajda

  • ARCHITECTS: ARHITEKTURA JURE KOTNIK
  • PROJECT: TEMPORARY KINDERGARTEN AJDA
  • LOCATION: RAVNE NA KOROŠKEM, SLOVENIA
  • DESIGN TEAM: JURE KOTNIK, ANDREJ KOTNIK
  • CONTAINER SYSTEM: CONHOUSE
  • STICKER ARTISTS: KITSCH-NITSCH
  • CLIENT: OBČINA RAVNE NA KOROŠKEM
  • YEAR: 2009
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: KITSCH-NITSCH, VID BREZOČNIK
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Illustrator

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