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The Nest & The Water Cube

July 24, 2008 Comments (0) Views: 1269 Architecture

Low Cost Social Housing – Slovenia, Izola

  • Social Housing by Ofis
  • Social Housing by Ofis
  • Social Housing by Ofis
  • Social Housing by Ofis
  • Social Housing by Ofis
  • Social Housing by Ofis
This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb clusters of a beehive, the complex was constructed by Ofis as a low-income residence for young families and couples in the industrial district of Izola on the Slovenian coast. The striking development boasts beautiful views and makes smart use of solar shading and natural ventilation to regulate its interiors all year-round. Textile elements fixed on the front of the balconies block direct sunlight and accumulate “air buffer” zone.

In the summer hot accumulated area behind the shadings is naturally ventilated through (10 cm holes) perforated side partitions of the balconies. In the winter the warm air stays in the area and provides additional heating to the apartments.

The main function of the façade is to protect the loggias from the sun. To offer nice views towards the sea even when the blinds are closed, the project proposed semi-transparent angled textile shadings. These cover loggias as sun-roof and curtain at the same time. The changing rhythm of balconies creates dynamic elevations and offers privacy to the neighbouring owners.

At first glance, one can’t help but be taken in by the building’s beautiful staggered balconies. Designed to mimicthe rhythmic structure of honeycomb, the layout creates “dynamic elevations and offers privacy to the neighboring owners.”

I love seeing such inspired approaches towards social design!

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