Recently completed in Belarus, OFIS arhitekti's Football Stadium Arena Borisov combines modern technology and creative space planning to produce an environment with fine-tuned acoustics, 360 degree views of the field, and lots of public recreational opportunities. The 13,000-seat arena's stretched textile skin lends a distinctive character within its rugged forest setting and public street at its base where it lifts away from the building's core. Beyond the stadium, its 3,628 square-meter site hosts public gyms, a bowling area, restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as offices, press boxes, and training facilities. Check out the video to get an in-depth look inside the arena and learn more about the stadium, here.
The extreme climatic conditions of the North introduce a design paradox for architects. The fragile environmental conditions require incisive designs that respond to irregular loading from strong winds, heavy snowfalls, avalanche risk zones, and extreme cold. The studio investigated a prototypical design: a unit with sleeping and cooking space for up to eight people, on a mountain site in Slovenia. The talk (on Friday, February 13th) serves as an opening for the exhibition on this project, curated by Spela Videcnik, John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Housing and Urban Development, with Rok Oman, featuring the work of her Fall 2014 studio, displayed on the Experiments Wall (in Gund Hall). Construction of the shelter is planned for summer 2015.
Located on the edge of Cerklje, an alpine town in Slovenia, the Hayrack Apartments have beautiful views due to the courtyard opening onto a view of the surrounding mountains. Designed by OFIS Arhitekti, their video highlights the character of the social apartments as they were sold to the Slovenian Housing Fund for young families at a price of 900 EUR/m2 which is extremely cheap. he concept of the façade is taken from the hayrack system – wooden beams following traditional details and patterns. Traditionally farmers use the beams to store grass and corn, on the housing one can store flowers or other balcony decoration. Apartments are of different sizes – from 30m2 studio flats up to four room apartments of 80m2.
Above is a video by OFIS Arhitekti featuring their Shopping Roof Apartments project in Slovenia. With the initial task from the client to build a new shopping mall on the plot of the existing one, their project cleverly proposed use of the shopping roof for additional volume-as new apartments. The organization of the housing and the envelope of the apartments open towards mountain views and the sun. Therefore the front, wooden facade is mostly transparent with panoramic windows.
OFIS Arhitekti shared with us a video they put together for their project, Alpine Hut. Situated in a small Alpine village, part of Triglav national park with very strict rules of construction and architectural design, the client bought the site together with existing construction permit for the generic project. Basically, the main task was to give the hut a new look, create a new veranda around the house and position the openings towards the views and increasing its sustainability.
The new extension for the Crossroad Offices by OFIS Arhitekti acts as a crossroad regulator between the existing villa and its approach from the street on the south side and the underground parking on the east side. The actual form derives from the main logical directions on the site to the main destinations as the new volume is positioned behind the existing villa with individual cut outs, ‘green bays’, in function of the extended external park coming into the pavilion. Inside they form divisions between internal spaces and create dynamic, light and calming atmosphere. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Our friends over at OFIS Arhitekti recently sent us a copy of their latest book that showcases their work, which includes a foreword from David Basulto, Founder & Editor of ArchDaily. We have featured a good deal of the projects featured in this book. If you would like a preview of what book offers check out our features, including a short interview and the Farewell Chapel, ArchDaily’s viewers’ choice for the 2009 building of the year in the religious category. Also check out part of David Basulto’s forward to this book after the break.
The Student Apartment Studios in Paris by OFIS involves designing a dormitory with 180 studios on the site of the Stade de Ladoumègue in Paris’s 19th district. Currently in construction phase the dormitory is part of an urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects. Scheduled for completion for the end of 2011 the Student Apartment Studio in Paris will coordinate with the Paris tram which will open in early 2012.
Architects: OFIS arhitekti Location: Rue des Petits Ponts, 19th district, Paris, France Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Robert Janez, katja Aljaz, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera, Janez Martincic Client: Competition Sponsor and Patron, Regie Immobiliere de la Ville de Paris Project Area: 931 sqm Project Year: 2008 – 2011
Continuing with the video updates OFIS arhitekti have share with us, the last one showcases some very interesting details of the Lace Apartments. The video shows the very geometric shapes of the facade, that seams a constant in this office’s works.
The Tetris Apartments is a project that we already published in 2008. This is an update video courtesy of slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti. The video focuses primarily on the very geometric shapes of the facade of the building.
This is an update from the project already published in 2008 from slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti. In the words of the architects: “This project involved the extension of a 19th-century villa located in a beautiful Alpine resort next to Lake Bled. Both the old villa and the landscape were strictly regulated by the National Heritage.”
Located in Maribor, Slovenia, the Ring Stadium covers a variety of public programs other than the soccer field. This update video, courtesy of OFIS arhitekti, showcases the work, which is already in use.
This is the third video produced by Marco Mazzotta that Slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti shared with us. We already featured this project a couple of years ago with photographs and drawings, but through this video, mixing reality and digital models, we can see how people really use both common spaces and the interior of the apartments.
Back in 2008 we published the extension and renovation of the Ljubljana City Museum by OFIS arhitekti. Now they shared on their twitter account this video update made by Marco Mazzotta that shows some more details and diagrams of the project.
In Progress: The Cultural Center of European Space Technologies / Bevk Perovic arhitekti, Dekleva Gregoric arhitekti, OFIS arhitekti, Sadar Vuga arhitekti
Architects: Bevk Perovic arhitekti, Dekleva Gregoric arhitekti, OFIS arhitekti, Sadar Vuga arhitekti Location: Vitanje, Slovenia Noordung Space Technologies Center concept & producer: Dragan Zivadinov, Miha Tursic Graphic design: Atelje Balant Client / project coordinator: Vitanje Community (for /Srecko Fijavz) Project Year: 2008-2011 Images & Photographs: Courtesy of OFIS architekti