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mini for-4 // ekokoncept prefabricated buildings

Bled, Slovenia

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The four mini for-4 wooden objects are situated in the Slovenian Alpine region in the proximity of beautiful Lake Bled. The clients approached the company ekokoncept, which specializes in design and production of low-energy wooden prefabricated houses and pavilions, wanting to upgrade the existing camp site with glamping-like accommodations. Architect Tomaž Noč and associate Katarina Arsekić were challenged to design a compact dwelling object that would have all the commodities of a hotel room, but still be simple and in the direct contact with the surrounding nature.

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© Janez Marolt

While designing the object they kept in mind the traditional architectural form in the region as well as the weather conditions on this specific location. With the dramatic background of steep, rocky forest the for-4 was designed as a two volumes with a slope roof, connected together in a traditional A-form.

© Janez Marolt

© Janez Marolt

The energy efficient wooden construction, made from local spruce wood, is protected from the humid woods in the background with a side bitumen cladding and a back façade covered with larch. The units are almost completely closed off and sheltered from tree sides facing the forest, only to open up with big glazed surfaces to the magnificent views of nature in the front.

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© Janez Marolt

The mini for-4 is suitable for dwelling all year round. The exterior walls are very well insulated thus very little energy is used for heating as well as cooling.
Trying to be as sensitive to the surroundings as possible the objective was to build the units as quickly and with fewer intrusion as possible.

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© Janez Marolt

It was decided that the positions of the unitswere to be adapted to the existing terrain, creating a floating feeling from the inside. Also, the for-4 (while minimising the construction time on site) were designed on a principle of a mobile building, with specified dimensions suitable for transportation in one piece.

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Each unit was made out of two separate volumes, completely furnished in the production.Separate volumes were then transported on the site and positioned into prepared bases and connected on site in less than a day. This pragmatic approach to assembly was quite a challenge concerning the interior. The client requested a single 27,40 m² unit to accommodate 4+2 people and have the option for independent cooking and bath.

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© Janez Marolt

This was possible by smartly shifting the two separate volumes thus creating a layout with plenty of storage room, a practical bathroom, mini kitchen with a dining table, folding couch, bunk bed and a separate bedroom. The interior opens up to the outside terrace trough large Aluminium framed windows, making the space inside appear much larger and connected to the surrounding nature.

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© Janez Marolt

Careful positioning, shifted volumes and natural barriers on site, provide the units with privacy, despite of proximity to one another.
Materials used in the interior were chosen in accordance to the clients wishes. Floors were covered with durable, light parquet and water-based grey epoxy (bathroom). All the furniture was designed and positioned to use as little space as possible, while still providing necessary storage.

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© Janez Marolt

The colour pallet was limited to white, grey and off-white colour, using the views trough front windows as the main decorative element. .

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© Janez Marolt

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