Apartment House Gradaška

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2003-2007


project commission

Lesnina Inženiring d.d.

Gradaška Street 20, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Site area
1.545 m2

Building area
795 m2

Total floor area
3.800 m2

basement + groundfloor + 3

apartment building with 12 units, largest 350 m2, smallest 90 m2

reinforced concrete, steel

structured stone panels, glass, reflecting glass

SADAR+VUGA (Jurij Sadar, Boštjan Vuga, Beno Masten, Tadej Žaucer, Goran Golubič, Tomaž Čeligoj, Lucijan Šifrer, Ana Struna)

Hisao Suzuki

The size, location, shape and spatial organisation of the Apartment House Gradaška outrank all the neighbouring, almost village-like constructions. It is an independent building. There are twelve different and individualised apartments in it.

They all cover the area of several storeys or between-storeys. The central living area is always divided into one and a half or two storeys. The vertical arrangement of these apartments is thus highlighted, which, besides the open ground plan and the large glass surfaces, exposes the building’s urban and metropolitan character. The apartments form a unity which resembles the three-dimensional tetris.

The façade is made of three different materials: a stone facing, which outlines individual apartments, a combination of reflexive and transparent glass panels which either reflect the surrounding area into the apartment or reveal the interior of the apartment to the surrounding, and a filigree base whose ornamentation throws a reflection of the building’s greens to its façade.

This façade functions as a kind of a Switching Surface between the structure and the living character of the metropolitan vertical lofts, on the one hand, and the almost village-like atmosphere of the area on which the Apartment House Gradaška is located.