While it may look like an optical illusion from the outside, this housing block in Izola on the Slovenian coast offers bona fide affordable options for many young families. The team of Ofis Arhitekti won a national design competition for their design of two apartment buildings each containing 30 units of varying size ranging from studios to three-bedrooms.
Internal spaces may be small, however the unique trapezoidal-shaped balconies accentuate external perspectives and views directly to the sea. Structural elements are located externally as well thereby allowing more spacious living areas while taking advantage of the limited area of each unit and helping to keep the square metre cost low.
Ofis wrapped sunshades in the form of colourful canvas awnings around the blocks balconies. These defining features provide ample external space for each unit, while innovative side paneling allows for both privacy and ventilation. From within, the canvas panels create unique environments in individual apartments. Each coastal-facing apartment is thereby effortlessly adapted to Slovenia’s Mediterranean climate. By Andrew Wiener
January 12, 2019
Merkato, Valencia, Spain
The revival and re-invention of old-style indoor public markets continues. We are seeing more open-plan spaces with stalls selling fresh food and...
December 13, 2018
Beefbar – Paris
For those of us more comfortable in minimalist settings, a richly ornate interior can quickly seem like a blur. Just too much of everything. Yet, we...
December 12, 2018
Wing Pen Drawings by Alessandro Paglia
Milanese artist is known for his photorealistic pen-and-ink drawings of pop-culture icons and familiar objects. His latest creations, however, are...
December 11, 2018
Milla Chocolates, Culver City, L.A – California
After operating a pop-up in Downtown Los Angeles’ Art District’s Row DTLA for a while, chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz opened her first Milla...
December 10, 2018
The Simple Life – Karen Cantuq
'The Simple Life' by Karen Cantuq from Mexico is a wonderful and mockingly playful composition incongruously placing a posing Astronaut in a...
December 6, 2018
The Rise of The Designer Bakery
Is there anything more basic, homey and familiar than a loaf of great bread? Yet it has become a luxury. More and more of us are sick of (literally...
November 30, 2018
Girafe Restaurant Designed by Joseph Dirand, Paris, France
Continuing their cooperation with Parisian architect Joseph Dirand, restaurateurs Gilles Malafosse and Laurent Geurcoff have opened their Girafe seafood...
November 30, 2018
Alice & Fifth Nightclub, Sandton, Johannesburg – South Africa
The latest nightlife hot spot in Johannesburg is Alice & Fifth. It advertises itself as an underground avant-garde venue and the address for luxury...
November 26, 2018
KLOOF 119A: Private Residence, Cape Town – South Africa
Architect Greg Truen, director at the Cape Town-based SAOTA talked with The Cool Hunter about KLOOF 119A, a residence SAOTA designed for a client he...
November 25, 2018
John Anthony Dim Sum – Hong Kong
Cavernous dim sum houses exists in every corner of the world, but in most cases, it is not the design of the premises that attracts the diners. And...
November 13, 2018
Bob the Robot Office by Studio Joanna Laajisto, Helsinki, Finland
We love it when designers flex their creative muscles in the transformation of spaces from one use to another. New and shiny is great, but there’s...