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address: Polje, Ljubljana
client: Public Housing Fund, Municipality of Ljubljana

project: 2003
built: 2005

Bevk Perović project team:
Matija Bevk
Vasa J. Perović
Mitja Zorc
Davor Počivašek

photo: Matevž Paternoster

Six apartment blocks are situated on the ‘edge’ of the city, the last buildings of the city – facing the open fields on one side, built city fabric on the other side and busy railway tracks on the third side.

The existing urban plan had to be kept – a series of symmetrically positioned buildings, positioned irrespective of their surroundings.

Therefore, the project became the exercise in ‘dissolution’ and rearrangement of the original plan – trying to establish the central open strip of land as a kind of a ‘social condenser’ park-like area, with artificial hills acting as separation ‘walls’ between different social and age-groups of users and trying to ‘dissolve’ the preconceived volumes of the buildings. Each side of the building therefore attains a different ‘profile’, a recognizable silhouette that refuses to fuse into a volumetric reading of the whole object.

Each building contains 13 apartments, very modest in size. The balconies are ‘pushing-out’ of the building volume, so as to achieve certain ‘openness’ for the units. By being suspended on metal cables, they retain the idea of ‘industrial’ iconography of the nearby railways. The railway theme is further carried out in the ferroxide red colouring of the fibre-cement panelling of the elevation. The super-enlarged attachment plates – 8 cm aluminium discs – on the elevation panels, positioned so as to follow the random sizes of the panels, shift the primary perception of the building volumes towards the idea of skin-wrapping of silver dots.