The form of housing and open space is following the natural, initial contour of the hill. This enables optimum living conditions in the housing (the views, privacy and microclimate), regulation of large green open space and direct connection to the surrounding natural area. Basic housing units – homes are grouped into neighborhoods creating mini communities. They expand living area for the residents, create space for social interactions and enable diverse design for the different parts of the neighborhood.
Neighborhood consists of 20 cargo containers, arranged in two floors. Outdoor areas form the South (sunny, open) and North garden (shaded, partially overhung). GFA of a neighborhood is 450 m2. It can be organized into 3 – 10 residential units. According to the design flexibility, from 168 to 560 residential units can be arranged. Open space is formed in graduation of private to semiprivate and public.
Supporting construction is formed in orthogonal spatial framework of cargo containers, based on a raster of a parking garage. Spatial framework is strengthened with steel diagonal ties in the horizontal and vertical planes. The complex consists of 3440 used cargo containers.
Renewable energy concept
Rainwater is captured for the sanitary needs, natural draft effect is emphasized with “solar chimneys” that generate energy with wind turbines, solar panels on the rooftops heat the water and provide electricity. Geometry of the space enables constant thermal wind lift and natural ventilation.
Architect: City Studio + Landscape
Project Team: City Studio (Damjan Pirc, Irena Ostojić, Vita Korinšek, Alenka Novak Stuchy, Maria ZLobec – Vukšinić, Jure Dolenc, Boštjan Račič) Landscape (Gregor Vreš, Tina Dešmar Vreš, Mitja Škrjanec)
Visualization: Polona Jerman
Area: 46.610 sqm