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Nova Gorica, Slovenia
kraski zidar

The location of the apartment block is in the centre of Nova Gorica (population 32.000), situated in the west of Slovenia, adjacent to the Slovene–Italian border. It lies 92 meters above sea level and has very specific climate conditions and also renowned as the hottest town in Slovenia during summer with very strong winds in winter. With its climate, vegetation and way of living the city has a definite Mediterranean character where external shaded space has high importance. Therefore, the clients demand was to design rich external spaces of varying characters. Having studied the different types of external spaces on the existing houses in the area the following types were proposed: 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, full and of different heights. Many balconies have integrated cupboards for storing external furniture. By using these elements the apartments gain different characters; more exposed or intimate offering opened or partially enclosed views. As a result, building reinstates three-dimensional lace embracing its volume. The fixed urban plot of the building had to be an orthogonal block 48x16mx5m. The clients brief was also clear that apartment sizes and typologies were to be simple and repeatative. Over this simple structure the second skin of terraces provides each apartment with a different character and a possibility for the 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 began to call it «pajamas» (for its similarity to a pajama pattern). As well as the 5 floors two underground garages were built. In the ground floor, offices and shops/services are located. The combination of façade elements such as projecting roofs, pergolas, apartment dividing walls, terraces and balconies with loggias function as a 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. The service and communication spaces are reduced to minimum thus the daylight is provided on the shafts. The basic monthly energy and service costs are very low.

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project team: rok oman, spela videcnik andrej gregoric, Janez Martincic nejc batistic, martina lipicer, katja aljaz main client: Kraški Zidar d.d. Structural engineering: Elea d.o.o. mechanical engineering: Biro ES d.o.o. electrical engineering: Biro ES d.o.o. traffic engineering: Tega invest d.o.o. construction company: Kraški Zidar d.d. commission 2006 construction start 2008 completed 2012