The owner of this 1934 house located in the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia, hired Ofis Architects to renovate the old structure and add a modern extension which would look at home among neighboring buildings. Looking at the finished project, it seems that the studio not only surpassed the brief’s demands, but also created a distinctive design that is as memorable as it is striking. Named 3Shoebox House, the structure creates a dialogue between past and present. At the front, the old building preserved its character. The lower section features textured stone surfaces, while the upper floor boasts a smooth white paint finish, with all the original details maintained intact. The extension stands out thanks to an ingenious and creative design. It features three “shoe box-like” cube shapes stacked at 90 degree angles, creating terraces as well as overhangs.

Clad in blackened spruce, the volumes complement the buildings of this ‘60s-’70s neighborhood which also boast a blend of white plaster surfaces and dark wood. All of the boxes communicate with the original structure through wall openings, in layouts that differ from floor to floor. A staircase connects the old and new volumes, acting as the center of the house at the same time. Wood flooring and furniture appear profusely throughout the interior and add an unmistakable warmth to the décor, while large windows and glazed walls fill the living spaces with natural light. Perforated details appear on wardrobe doors and on the staircase, referencing the accents found on the old house’s facade. Photographs© Ofis Architects.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: , , ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Caterpillar Hill House

    A wood-clad home inspired by tree houses. Named Caterpillar Hill, this wood-clad house rises from…

  • The Filter Pavilion

    A space of quiet reflection in the middle of Times Square. Designed by CLB Architects…

  • Art House

    Three volumes arranged around a courtyard in Palo Alto, California. When the owners of a…

  • Cabin Rones

    A cabin with views of a Norwegian fjord. Located on a steep site in Rones,…

  • Brick House with Tower

    A contemporary brick house that celebrates Norwegian masonry traditions. Inspired by the masonry building traditions…

  • Gutshof Güldenhof

    A farming complex from the 18th century converted into a multi-functional art center. Located in…

  • The Aperture House

    An extension inspired by photography and the flexibility of modern lifestyles. Named Aperture House, this…

  • The Bellbird Retreat

    An imaginative design that optimizes both safety and access to gorgeous views for a retreat…

Around the world

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

  • Plácido y Grata Hotel

    A boutique hotel located in a restored manor house from the 19th century. After years…

loader