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Tetris Apartments


In October 2007, Slovenian architects Ofis have completed Tetris Apartments, a social housing development in Ljubljana.

Some Information about the project from the architects’ website:

The location is on the edge of the planned 650 apartments which was finished year ago.

Also this apartment block is social type and was sold to Slovenian Housing fund. The cost per square meter had to be 650 EUR/m2 since the selling cost was 1200EUR/m2.

Given urban conditions

The fixed urban plot of the building had to be orthogonal block 48 x 16m x 5 floors. The formal concept reinstates three-dimensional lace which embraces the volume of the building. Furthermore, the lace is transformed into functional elements – projecting roofs, pergolas, apartment dividing walls, terraces and balconies with loggias. These elements are protecting external spaces and interior of apartments and provide additional privacy to inhabitants.

Since the orientation of the building is towards the busy highway the apartment opening together with balconies are shifted as 30 degrees window-wings towards the quieter and south orientated side. Long after the elevations were planned many people associated them to Tetris game. And so the building got its name.

The facade color patterns are taken from typical color elements of the area (typical Gorica valley soil, wine and brick roof-tops) …nevertheless the locals started to call it “pyjamas”, because the facade reminds on man night wear pattern.

Sustainability issues

1. The combination of balconies and winter gardens function as constant temperature buffer zone to the main living and sleeping areas.
The balconies are shifted opposite from the busy road. On the same time provide shelter from direct sunlight direction.
Additional aluminum shading panels are placed on the outer sides of the winter loggias and balconies.

2. The service and communication spaces are reduced to minimum thus the daylight is provided on the shafts. The monthly basic energetic and service costs are very low; so also economic for the habitants since the apartments are social type.

Published with permission of ArchiCentral.

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