OFIS Architecture recently completed the Villa Criss-Cross Envelope, a single-family house that draws influences from Ljubljana’s historic architecture while introducing a new and contemporary aesthetic. In contrast to the city’s historic stone buildings, the villa is composed of cuboid volumes clad in cool-toned, double-perforated metal panels. The panels’ texture and visible diagonal cross-braces help bring the building down to a comfortable human scale.
Centrally located in the Mirje Suburbs of Ljubljana, the villa’s stacked boxy volume is evocative of a pyramid; the shape is in reference to the Plecknik-designed pyramidal pedestrian archway sited nearby. The facade’s double perforated panels are an abstract interpretation of the stone textures of the surrounding historic architecture. “The rough classical façade was represented with double-perforated panels; the task was to achieve texture through the illusion of depth which allows a light presence and enhances the shadows and reflections off a palette of beige tints,” write the architects. “The three-dimensional texture creates a dynamic abstraction while encapsulating its coherent volume. Diagonal crosses act as a functional and graphic representation.”
The interior design mixes two different and distinct elements: cool and exposed structural concrete contrasted with warm-toned wood. The architects separated the programming by floor: the ground floor comprises the open-plan living and communal spaces; the first floor is for the children’s play areas and bedrooms; and the second floor is for the parents and master bedroom. The minimalist and modern interior decor matches the contemporary exterior.
Images via OFIS Architecture, © Tomaz Gregoric