The low-energy Forma Vila in Slovenia is wrapped in a metal facade that references the region's iron-making tradition. Architecture firm Arhitektura Jure Kotnik used local iron, brick, timber to make a modern building that fits into both its natural and historical context. A bevy of sustainable elements helps make the home an efficient and elegant space.
The house is located in a small Alpine town close to the Slovenian-Austrian border. It sits on a hill top only a hundred meters away from nearby iron sculptures scattered all over town and transforming it into a large outdoor gallery. The architects used brick, timber and locally sourced stone, with a copper-zinc facade that requires very little maintenance.
Inside, a large lobby dominates the mid floor and offers beautiful views of the town center through the living room windows. These views are dominated by the Javornik Castle and framed by forests. The living room features a cozy fireplace and warm wooden floors. It extends to the kitchen with a dining area and a west-facing terrace. The architects designed the middle floor as an open layout without any doors. Bedrooms are located on the upper floor with wooden terraces that reference nautical architecture. The house has room for an additional apartment on the ground floor for the daughter. This space is currently used as an art gallery.
Compact and well insulated, the house was designed to avoid thermal bridges and provide stabile indoor temperatures. It uses a heat pump and solar tubes for energy efficiency, all the while establishing a strong connection to the local architectural heritage.
Photos by Rheinzink, Ajk