Energy Efficiency Meets Unique Architecture with New Slovenia Apartments
- Jul 05, 2011
The new energy-efficient Lace apartment community in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, has been designed with visually striking architecture that also protects from some of the country’s more extreme weather conditions, both during the hot summers and the harsh, windy winters.
The “lacy” exterior wraps around the building in such a way that balconies, roofs and dividing walls overlap one another. This unique use of space, designed by OFIS arhitekti, creates privatized areas that give off more character than conventional, cookie-cutter layouts. The geometric shapes that are created by the structure’s odd angles have been described as “Tetris-esque.”
Meanwhile, the façade acts as a buffer that insulates the interior from the weather’s high and lows. Openings in the structure are engineered to let in shafts of light, and shading panels made of aluminum are part of the outside walls. Residents look to benefit from the design’s energy efficiency both in terms of cost and comfort.