Green-minded ski bums will be stoked to know that this striking Alpine apartment complex in Slovenia has a scalloped skin that pays respect to the region's vernacular architecture, and a sauna in the basement! As a result of rigorous building regulations, OFIS arhitekti had height restrictions and a small footprint to work with, so the cubic complex was given a pitched roof (to elongate it vertically) and superb chiseled angles to make it seem wider than it actually is. This mixed-use building remarkably holds six studio apartments, a communal area on the ground floor, and a recreational area in the basement. Step on in for a closer look at this sustainable ski complex and get ready to dust off your snowboard!
This gorgeous apartment complex was designed to fit in with the traditional alpine lodges that are so common in the Alps. This was accomplished in part with materials taken from the surrounding environment, such as the lovely larch used to create each apartment’s balcony, and the scalloped skin that resembles traditional tiles. We have to say the skin, which provides excellent thermal massing, is somewhat deceptive in that it’s actually made from cement.
Even so, the glazed windows throughout combined with the overall small ecological footprint and clever ventilation system give this complex just the sustainable edge we like to see. And being lovers of the outdoors, we’re especially happy to see how well the pine trees and jagged mountains are framed – as though they are central to the program, as they should be!