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Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti

  • 01:00 - 22 September, 2008
Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti
Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti

Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • Architect

    OFIS arhitekti
  • Project Leaders

    Rok Oman & Špela Videčnik
  • Design Team

    Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik, Nejc Batistic, Martina Lipicer, Andrej Gregoric, Katja Aljaz
  • Client

    Kraski zidar, Sezana, Slovenia
  • Area

    10250.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The location of the apartment block is in the centre of Nova Gorica (population 32.000) - Nova Gorica is situated in the west of Slovenia, adjacent the Slovene - Italian border. It lies 92 meters above sea level. The town has also very specific climate conditions - it is renowned as the hottest town in Slovenia in summer and very strong winds in winter.

The object s positioned on the fixed urban plot 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.

1. The combination of façade elements - projecting roofs, pergolas, apartment dividing walls, terraces and balconies with loggias function as constant temperature buffer zone to the main living and sleeping areas and protect against sudden weather changes and strong winds.

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.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Lace Apartments / OFIS arhitekti" 22 Sep 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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sommer · October 22, 2010

very unusual, attractive and intriguing

jp · August 09, 2009

i'm not sure about the emphasized verticality in the striped colors. I'm imagining myself liking it more with a monochromatic scheme, or maybe a gradient that doesn't make me think of halloween. But i still love the architecture.

Rupesh Jamkhindikar · June 22, 2009

This indeed is an original piece of work. The embracing lace concept seems to have gone well through the design development process to produce something which is not mere repetition but unique for its style.
Much hard work in this. Bravo.

i · May 13, 2009

i think architects were brave to go this way.. i think they can see all mistakes they made my opinion the funcional scheme is ok, but facades..are.. irritating..pure neighbours..Colors are nice, but sometimes less is realy better than more.. The volume could be more dynamic, but this building will become a real dominant of a quarter for sure!

Rafa · April 19, 2009

Well, it looks like no one is ever going to satisfy everyone with whatever design they produce. The arch-snobs on this and other blogs always comment negatively about projects like this while praising the same Superficiality, poor colors, poor lighting, poor space planning AND poor environmental quality produced by starchitects. All they [starchitects] do is "Design" and make cool forms but the building never ends up functioning properly or they leak or what ever bad consequence results from the design they produce. The comments are often made out of context as well and never merit the project based on it's setting or the issue they has to deal with.

u · April 01, 2009

I don't like it !

tesa · February 24, 2009

Agree with Richard Skinner. Design is very original and unique.
I checked the opus of OFIS and I am really impressed and motivated in my work.

jean grey · February 24, 2009


in a bad way

Richard Skinner · January 26, 2009

Sorry, but all who say this is horrible are blind loosers with no style. This is beautiful piece of architecture, innovative and elegant. Ofis Arhitekti are really tallented designers, they have their own, unique style which is different but great and thats the point!!! Better go praise those postmodern rat-traps and try to study world architecture a bit, JDR, Faux Chinchilla and so on...

Mika · December 22, 2008

funny..eating waffle ends up in wc. This is a good example of where architecture is heading this century. Throw in a bit of pattern & color...that'll do. At least it'll brighten up the east blok.

ned · December 15, 2008

good concept and attractive building result.
I agree with "vision". Some comments are made or from frustrating architects who are sitting and do nothing or from pompous students like "Rafa" said

Ernest · November 03, 2008

This is a builing made from the outside to the inside..For this reason I would like you to look at the plans and see it for yourself. Look how many squre meters are waisted to make this useless facade. Huge terraces insted of living areas. And please take a close look also how BADLY the apartaments are designed. And at the end you have to pay 2500eur/m2 for this.

Rafa · September 30, 2008

Geez! Some of the comments here and on other projects sound like snobby architecture students. Unlike all the other apartment buildings seen in Arch Daily or other mags, this building at the very least is dynamically articulated and uses more interesting colors . It's not made up of flat, offset boxes...This project gets my vote.

JDR · September 23, 2008

This building lacks a concept, a vision that judges all decisions in the design process. This is just a ridicoulous design, without any architectural value.

Sledge hammer!

vision · September 23, 2008

To two comments before me: Am I looking at the same building??? Without "big words and essays" I must simply say that to me this building is truly beautiful. Also the concept is really innovative.

dim · September 23, 2008

concept is very bad and bljak.

faux chinchilla · September 22, 2008

wow, this is horrible


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