Backbone Village Houses | OFIS Arhitekti

• January 23, 2011

Slovenian architectural practice OFIS Arhitekti designed the contemporary yet affordable 3 bedroom housing development with private garden located in Podpec, Slovenia.

The main proposal was a condensation of village cores with branching – a traditional and historical rural layout of condensed longitudinal buildings along a road with kept green area around it.

OFIS Arhitekti

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Backbone Village Houses, image courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

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Backbone Village Houses, image courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

+ Project description by OFIS Arhitekti

Ljubljana is surrounded by numerous dense rural formations of different scales. Together by branching with the main urban core it forms the city. As the city is expanding outwards from the inner core,  the urban and rural formations are slowly dissolving together.

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Backbone Village Houses - Mater playout pattern plan, drawing courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

With uncontrolled urban growth historical rural typologies are slowly losing their patterns, character and qualities. The village of Podpec is becoming a typical suburban area. Although surrounded by a wider green area with fields and wild nature, local resorts haven’t any qualities in the new built environment. This project is part of an urban study for suburban areas outside Ljubljanas highway ring.

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Backbone Village Houses, image courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

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Backbone Village Houses, image courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

The main proposal was a condensation of village cores with branching – a traditional and historical rural layout of condensed longitudinal buildings along a road with kept green area around it. The internal road acts as a spinal cord with eight plots of longitudinal houses branching like ribs. These kind of plots with houses are a target for young families that can not afford to live in the centre and are looking for their own garden dissolving into the green surrounding.

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Backbone Village Houses, image courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

3 bedroom houses with related garden and three external parking spaces were designed at 140-160.000 EUR each as an approximate budget that young couples can afford with a reasonable bank loan. Therefore, the basic concept had to be based on economical, rational and flexible issues. Each house has 2 floors, 55 m2 each. Each unit was finished at a stage without finished floors and sanitary elements in bathrooms.

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Backbone Village Houses - Floor plans, drawing courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

The ground-floor consists of a central living area and kitchen with storage. The living area has the possibility of an additional room such as a guest-bedroom or working space and also opens to an elevated veranda and small inner garden. The first floor functions as a sleeping area providing 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and wardrobe space. There is a long terrace with a pergola along the bedrooms. The pitched roof design allows space for a gallery or storage area. Materials are larch wood, plaster and glass.

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Backbone Village Houses - Site plan, drawing courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

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Backbone Village Houses - Elevation, drawing courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

+ Project credits / data

Project: Backbone village houses
Location: Podpec, Slovenia
Architect: OFIS Arhitekti | http://www.ofis-a.si/
Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera, Janez Martincic, Katja Aljaz.
Type: one family housing
Budget: 140-180.000 EUR (3rd building phase-without finishings)
Exterior Finish: plaster, larch wood, glass, fiber-cement tiles.
Photo: Tomaz Gregoric

Project start: 2006
Construction start: 2008 /
Completed: 2010

House area: 110sqm (55 sqm / floor)
Plot size: 420m2
Parking and entrance: 80m2
Garden: 165m2
Terrace: 40m2
Structure: reinforced concrete, brick fillings
Roof structure: Wooden
Max. Height: 8.30 m

+ All images and drawings courtesy OFIS Arhitekti

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Category: Architecture, House, Residential, Selected

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