Housing Pilon by Bevk Perović Arhitekti



Slovenian practice Bevk Perović Arhitekti have completed a residential project in an abandoned quarry in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Called Housing Pilon, the two buildings contain 140 apartments.


Small, single-occupant homes are located on the lower floors.


Above these, patio-villas are arranged around courtyards, with penthouses above those.


The facade comprises storage areas alternated with yellow balconies.


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Housing Pilon stands in an unusual location, on the site of an abandoned quarry next to main Ljubljana ring road. The remains of the quarry previously appeared as a ‘wound’ in the natural landscape with an old, lime-kiln building made of stone in the corner of the site, which was protected as a cultural monument. The question was how to position a new large housing complex in such delicate surroundings, how to preserve the quarry and design the housing as new landmark related to the highway passing right next to the site.


The location was treated sensitively. The rock wall was preserved, protected against crumbling and planted with greenery. 140 apartment units were structured into a complex of two separate buildings that are further divided into two slabs connected by communication cores. The slabs are shifted, they follow the configuration of the terrain and create different communal spaces, the concrete entrance platform in the front and green courtyard at the back side of the complex.


The internal structuring of the complex follows the idea of ‘condensation’ of the city condition vertically: smaller, single person units are positioned in the lower part of the buildings. They are followed by duplex apartments which are organized as patio villas around open, double height courtyard spaces. Luxurious small penthouse apartments are built on top. These different typologies are clearly visible on the facade, yet the overall image of the complex appears homogenous.


The facades are designed as interplay of opened and closed elements. Glazed balconies with yellow railings are followed with closed storage units made of velvety black ferrocement plates. Storages thus become an element of the facade and divider between different apartments.


The complex is in tune with the silhouette of the hill and is simultaneously paying a kind of ‘hommage’ to the former quarry but at the same functions as a eyecatching ‘landmark’, a strong orientation point on the Ljubljana ring road.


building: Housing Pilon, Ljubljana
client: Metrokras invest d.o.o.
project team: Bevk Perovi_ Arhitekti
Matija Bevk, Vasa Perovic, Davor Po_iva_ek, Ida Sedu_ak, Ana _eligoj, Andrej Mercina
floor area 11500 m2

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Posted on Sunday May 31st 2009 at 6:18 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Tyler

    Conceptually really nice, but I would hate living there. I imagine I would get lost just trying to figure out which side of the building I was one.

  • Computer pictures make me boo boo

  • As Wicked

    Sorry, no computer pictures. Real photographs.

  • Rossi

    Looks cool, but those are some dark small bedrooms.

  • Will

    An architect is often restricted by the brief- I am sure there were plenty here so good job I say, really nice details.

  • henry

    i would like to see a shot from inside one of the rooms looking out at the quarry wall. I suspect in some rooms, the window would frame the rock wall creating a striking picture!

  • It’s a good thing that color yellow would never get old.

  • zetre

    Everything gets old.
    Black and white too.

  • Donn

    Based on the reflections and the building section, I don’t see operable windows on the lower inside units?