Thursday, June 26, 2008

Honeycomb Housing in Slovenia

OMG, I totally want to move to low-income housing in Slovenia! This is how they live in the industrial district along the coast. Private, efficient, affordable, beautiful.

Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb clusters of a beehive...the striking development boasts beautiful views and makes smart use of solar shading and natural ventilation to regulate its interiors all year-round.

Designed to mimic the rhythmic structure of honeycomb, the layout creates “dynamic elevations and offers privacy to the neighboring owners.” Each of the balcony modules is topped with a colorful textile shade that provides for efficient solar shading and ventilation: “Textile elements fixed on the front of the balconies block direct sunlight and accumulate ‘air buffer’ zone. In the summer, hot air accumulated in the area behind the shadings is naturally ventilated through (10 cm holes) perforated side partitions of the balconies. In the winter the warm air stays in the area and provides additional heating to the apartments.”

Link (thanks Charlie!)