3SHOEBOX House by OFIS Architects in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Project: 3SHOEBOX House
OFIS Architects
Ljubljana, Slovenia
2,454 sf
Photographs by:
Tomaz Gregoric

3SHOEBOX House by OFIS Architects

OFIS Architects has designed the 3SHOEBOX House in Ljubljana’s city center. This project is actually a renovation of an old home built around 1934. With just under 2,500 square feet of modern living spaces, this is the perfect home for its central location. Of course, we’re already familiar with the stellar work of this studio as we’ve already showcased some of their other projects such as Villa Criss-Cross Envelope and the Stop Level House, both of which are located in Slovenia’s capital.

The Villa is located in Trnovo within the city center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is renovation of a small existing house dating from 1934. Old house was designed by architect Emil Navinsek, known for inovation space concepts of a school non-corridor plan. He designed the house next to his residence for his two unmarried eldery sisters who lived together in a small surface of only 50m2 per floor. The street where the house is situated was mostly built in the 60s and 70s with typical one family residential houses made in combination of white plaster render and dark wood cladding.

The extension is creating different intersection between old and new part on each floor … is composed of 3 cube volumes, each in a proportion of a shoe-box like existing house floorplan. Boxes are stacked with 90 degrees shifts creating overhangs and terraces. The volumes are clad in dark wood – spruce vertical lattice – in the context of the street architecture. The structure is combination of a concrete base, metal frames and wooden substructure. Interior of the new part is formed mostly by wall cladding creating integrated wardrobes and walls.

The old house is simply renovated keeping all the existing textures and materials. Interior of an old house and new extension are connected in different ways – new extension perforates through the old walls creating associated facilities: ground floor as a living area, first floor with kids rooms and guest room, top floor with master bedroom and living.

The heart of the house – intersection of volumes and connector of old and new is a staircase attached to a main vertical concrete wall. Inspired by Adolf Loos interiors forms elevated podiums, niches, wardrobes, small sitting areas and is partly extended into small spaces in the existing part of the house creating private living areas on each floor.

OFIS Architects


Tags: 3SHOEBOX House, contemporary, exterior, interior, Ljubljana, modern, OFIS Architects, Slovenia

Author: Fidan Jovanov

Fidan Jovanov

A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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