Contemporary Amarin Apartment Village in Rovinj by 3LHD
Amsterdam-based architectural practice, 3LHD, has designed the Apartment Village project. Completed in 2014, the contemporary apartment is located north of the city of Rovinj, surrounded by lush vegetation.
Next to existing 272 apartments, the old apartments were knocked down to make way for a further 190 new apartments.
The location of the new building is partly determined by the existing pedestrian paths that continue into the new project; and by the plots gentle slope from north to south. The new village was envisaged to have a high quality intimate outdoor space that accompanies each apartment as well as comfortable interior design.
According to the architects: “The establishment of new communication corridors formed irregular particles on the plot, apartment units were grouped on these green islands. The basic modular element – the accommodation unit – is multiplied and grouped into blocks by spatial variations and rotations. The blocks differ from one another in the colour scheme of the materials the building facades are treated with. The apartment units are brought into a spatial correlation by formation of voids and atria between them. In this way, micro sceneries and intimate living spaces were created. Outdoor spaces at the village are graded from intimate – atria, semi-public – the neighboyrhood, to the public – paths through the village.
“Design theme was to develop a distinctive architectural language through which objects are related and their affiliation to a block is determined. Consequently, creating smaller or larger strokes of micro sceneries developed a concept of ‘unit privacy’. The tools for the development of this concept were: the volume design (loggia, atrium, garden, terrace) and the choice of the materials (rough plaster, ceramics, wood, pergolas, vegetation). They were used to form a distinctive colour scheme used in the building architecture.
“The luxury apartments come in two different sizes – the two-bedrooms and two bathrooms apartments boasts living spaces spread across two floor with a living area, dining area, kitchen, toilet, terrace and garden on the ground. The one-bedroom apartments have been designed on a single floor with a living area, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a terrace. In addition to the apartments, service rooms and maid’s, toilets and installation facilities are located on each plot.
“The Amarin village is entirely pedestrian zone area, no cars are allowed on the site, and car parking is provided on the edge of the site. The main walking paths through the Apartment Village are between blocks, from where trails lead to the entrance of each apartment. All trails and paths are formed freely in relation to the natural slope of the terrain at the site. The rooftops follow the slope and have a final layer of coarse crushed stone; facades are finished in white plaster and ceramics in the colors of individual blocks. Outdoor terraces are made from wood, with wooden pergolas and a green wall of plants supported by the terrace construction insures privacy.”
Images courtesy of 3LHD
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