XL Villa for an XL Family
Designed for a large family of seven, House XL is located on the outskirts of a new residential area in the east of Slovenia. SoNo Architects’ design takes its cue from the typically Slovenian architectural elements and the rolling hills and fields surrounding it.
The house consists of three, double-pitch, gable-roofed volumes: two of which are perpendicular and run parallel to one another, thereby creating a sheltered outdoor living and eating space between them. In essence, SoNo architects’ design is a modern interpretation of a rural barn.
While the basement level, where the laundry, storage, and technical spaces are located, is constructed from reinforced steel, the upper floors consist entirely of cross-laminated timber elements. Organized on three levels, the floor plan layout is light and spacious. All the communal areas, like the open plan kitchen and dining area with study are situated on the ground level in the northern wing and the living areas are situated in the southern wing, which extends to create a covered carport. With its large, glazed sliding doors, the living area opens to the atrium, thus maintaining an intimate relationship between the house interior and the surrounding nature. Five bedrooms, all with views across the landscape, and two bathrooms with skylights are located on the upper level.
The façades are clad with large-format, vertical Swisspeal panels – the connecting volume in lighter hues of anthracite grey and the other two in darker. The cladding is clipped onto a concrete plinth, which connects the lower vehicular entry level of the site with the rear garden. Larger glass surfaces on the gable ends are recessed behind the eaves and are shielded from the sun with latticework oak cladding. The dark surfaces contrast strongly with the ochre-colored timber, creating an eye-catching graphic impact. As opposed to the three, open gable-ends, the elongated northern side elevation with its black-clad surface is punctured by three, small horizontal windows.
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Pot na Črnile, Leskovec pri Krškem, Slovenia
SoNo Architects, Ajdovščina and Ljubljana, Slovenia
Edvard Blažko, Marko Volk, Nina Tešanović
Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Bozen, Italy
2014 – 2016
Swisspearl Largo Nobilis Black N 012
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