Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight
at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

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This social housing block in Slovakia by Bratislava studio Nice Architects features a series of protruding balconies that angle towards sunlight whilst blocking out the noise of car traffic below (+ slideshow).

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

Nice Architects shaped the balconies in accordance with the sun's trajectory across the facade of the four-storey North Star Apartments building, which is located in Senec, a small town outside of Bratislava.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

The architects were tasked with creating social housing situated on a busy street that would be visually appealing but came at a low cost - €500 Euros per square metre.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

"The goal was to enrich this locality and create an iconic, easy to remember and original building, as an opposite to the patchy and chaotic surrounding development," said architect Tomas Zacek.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

The building's location, opposite the town's observatory and perfect north-south orientation inspired the architects to name the building after the famous star.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

"North Star is not only the brightest star on the northern hemisphere, it was traditionally used for high seas navigation," explaned Zacek.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

The building contains nine one-bedroom apartments across its three upper storeys, while five small shops occupy the ground floor.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

Each apartment features one of the angular balconies, which protrude from the all-white facade at different lengths.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

The top corner of every balcony is exposed to the south, reflecting the sun's rays into the apartments. As the sun traverses the front, the shadows alter the appearance of the building depending on what time it is. They also offer seclusion from neighbours.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects

The lower sections of each balcony are deliberately enlarged on one side to shelter the space from oncoming traffic.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Balcony concept diagram

The windows that do not feature the enclosures are fitted with Juliette balconies and a small outer area covered in gravel.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Scheme concept diagram

All of the windows in the development face directly west, giving residents the opportunity to enjoy sunsets over the local school garden across the street.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Scheme concept diagram

On the ground floor, the facade is made up of monochrome stripes graduating from black to white to deter graffiti artists.

Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Site plan - click for larger image
Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Ground floor plan - click for larger image
Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Typical floor plan - click for larger image
Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
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Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
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Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Front elevation - click for larger image
Angular balconies stretch towards sunlight at North Star Apartments by Nice Architects
Back elevation - click for larger image
  • http://batman-news.com Roger Emmerson

    Intriguing to see that the unique tradition of Czechoslovak Cubism is still alive in Slovakia.

  • alex

    Looks nice.

  • http://www.ydcollective.com Michele Pappagallo

    Boring.

    • james

      Not nearly as boring as your one word dismissal.

  • pet

    Wow, the sun in Slovakia is really selective!

  • Romain_M

    Do the shop spaces on the ground floor seem a bit awkward to anyone else? Why are the windows so narrow?

  • PTimble

    The railing detail is a nice touch.