housing L

3 for 1

location: Sežana, Slovenia
project date: 2004 – 2008
completion date: 2011
area: 9.690 m2
type: housing
source: invited competition, 1. prize
client: Kraški zidar d.d.
photos: Matevž Paternoster

project team: Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič,
Tina Rugelj, Flavio Coddou, Lea Kovič


The new housing addition considers and upgrades the spatial characteristics of the two existing blocks at the edge of a housing neighbourhood, facing the shopping and industrial part of the small town of Sežana. The concept of `3 for 1` (3 buildings instead of 1) enables the new building to become an essential forming part of the whole and not merely its extension. `3 for 1` is a systematic volumetric structure with distinctive vertical orientation. The structural approach emphasizes the already present structural appearance of the existing buildings and redefines the sloped roof in order to restore an individual identity of each vertical element. Front elevation bends inward to accentuate the street side of the building and its entrance.

The selection of the facade materials corresponds with the building material, concrete structural walls become side elevations finished in plaster, and brick walls are finished in fibre cement panels in a vertical layout. The flats are compact, opening to an introverted small loggia with integrated storage space. The alteration of loggia position on the elevation occurs with two options for entering the outdoor space, either one way – from the living only, or two ways – from the bedroom as well. The building sets up new morphology for further housing development to the north, currently under construction.