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FLEXIBLE HOUSING – INDIVIDUAL HOMES

High quality of living

The residential towers of New Grove are the first project of its kind in Slovakia. It is constructed to provide the inhabitants with the opportunity to design and customise their apartments. The architectural concept is based on the principle of flexible housing units to produce a virtually unlimited number of variations, and was built with clay blocks.
Buildings: Flexible Housing
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Buildings: Flexible Housing
© Dano Veselsky
Buildings: Flexible Housing
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Buildings: Flexible Housing
© Dano Veselsky

FLEXIBLE HOUSING – INDIVIDUAL HOMES

High quality of living

The residential towers of New Grove are the first project of its kind in Slovakia. It is constructed to provide the inhabitants with the opportunity to design and customise their apartments. The architectural concept is based on the principle of flexible housing units to produce a virtually unlimited number of variations, and was built with clay blocks.

New Grove was designed by the architectural studio Šebo Lichý in collaboration with acclaimed Slovak architect Drahan Petrovič, who worked for several years in Vancouver. He brought with him his expertise in Canadian housing, where the needs and wishes of the people are put at the centre of the design.

Designing your dream home

The result is a fresh, modern, and original construction, which revives the area, improves family life on the largest Slovak housing estate, and elevates it to a new level. Clients can choose the number of bathrooms, number of rooms, open and connected living room with kitchen, or design a loft. This flexible concept also allows for changes to the living space in the future. To deliver all this, a flexible and modular building material was needed – clay blocks offer that versatility and can be arranged in an almost unlimited number of ways.

What makes this project even more interesting is that clients can design both their own interior and exterior. By the time construction started, they were able to select either the number or size of windows or balconies. This created a distinctive facade design with various balconies and loggias, which has a very clean and pleasant appearance.

Buildings: Flexible Housing
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Retail and parking included

The project consists of two residential towers connected by a ground floor area, which is composed of smaller retail outlets. It is a compartmentalised project with 72 apartments, ranging its size from one to five rooms. 83 parking spaces are available, with one overground and one underground car park. There are also storage spaces for each apartment. Entrances from the street and to the garages are barrier-free. Access to the apartments is provided by two core units with stairs and lifts.

Buildings: Flexible Housing
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Fulfilling the needs of future apartment owners

The project is in a location with good public facilities, shops, schools, public transport connections and various options for leisure and recreational activities. The architects planted the building elegantly in green surroundings and have managed not only to create a visual link between the housing and its surroundings, but also to let in sun and light to the whole neighbourhood. This has created pleasant, sunny, airy, and spacious apartments with spectacular views. The architecture of the New Grove apartment building is unique, pioneering and, more especially, based on the real needs and wishes of its future occupants.

Buildings: Flexible Housing
© Dano Veselsky
Facts
  • Project name
    New Grove, Starohájska, Slovakia
  • Architect
    Architekti Šebo Lichý
  • Used products

    Porotherm25 AKU
    Porotherm 11,5 AKU

  • Year of completion
    2014
Porotherm 25 AKU

Wall

Porotherm 25 AKU – Slovakia

Porotherm 11,5 AKU

Wall

Porotherm 11,5 AKU – Slovakia