Located in the center of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, this colorful Lace apartment complex is an energy-efficient building that responds to some of the country’s most extreme weather conditions. Faced with harsh winter winds and scorching hot summers, OFIS arhitekti designed the project with a brilliant insulating facade that shades the interior spaces. Functional, adaptive, and modern, the building's a Tetris-esque design consists of different sections that are slotted together to form interesting rectangular shapes
Three-dimensional lacy forms wrap the structure, creating balconies, roofs, and apartment-dividing walls. The building’s facade creates a temperature buffer zone that protects the internal areas from severe weather changes.
The overlapping design makes use of the available space, while creating peaceful private areas. The interlinking framework forms interesting contemporary shapes that stand out from the surrounding urban fabric. The architects managed to keep resident’s service costs to a minimum through energy-efficient design features such as shafts that bring in daylight and additional aluminium shading panels on the outer sides of the winter facades.
Photos courtesy of Tomaz Gregoric and Andrej Gregoric