Apartment building Prule
Nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.
Apartment building Prule is located on the riverbank of Ljubljanica river, in a protected neighbourhood of villas from 1930’s, bordering the city centre. It replaces an older structure, a villa that once stood on the site.
The new building is a freestanding volume, a stack of 3 open-plan apartments, surrounded by greenery and facing the river.
The building is accessed via a sunken entrance hall, adjoining the underground parking. The garage has dual function – car parking in the winter, and an art exhibition space in the summer months.
The apartments, equal in size, but intended for 3 different users, build their character on the duality of 2 conditions of the location – that of a river bank in the front, and the city fabric and greenery on the back.
The spaces of the apartments are divided into 2 stripes, running parallel to the river, with the ‘middle’ zone devoted to services. The front part – the river side – is a living area of the apartments and is complemented by the back part, a fully flexible bedroom zone facing the garden. The building is topped by a small roof pavilion and terrace.
Entirely constructed in cast, exposed concrete, the building ‘wears’ its structure on the exterior – its exoskeleton fully exposed to the views.