in the embrace of nature
Devana Park is a modern residential neighborhood, placed in the city centre, yet at the same time at the feet of the forest.
Philosophy of the project
When we ask the architect Jadranka Grmek from studio Genius loci why was the forest such a big inspiration in designing the residential neighbourhood Devana Park and what is one of the essential tasks of any architect, she confides:
not to overcome or change the space, but to add something new into it, a new identity, yet always respecting the existing.
You can watch the video with Mrs Grmek for the whole philosophy of the project Devana Park wherein she describes her inspiration, work, concept and design of the residential neighbourhood Devana Park.
About the project
Devana, known in Roman mythology as Diana, is a Slavic goddess of animals, nature, growth and birth. Tender, yet firm and mighty she takes great care of her forest home, preserving its chastity. She also protects the humankind and is a patron of childbirth.
You start your day with footsteps on the soil, you sit on a tree trunk, fill your lungs with smell of primordial life and your batteries are charged. A touch of soil on the skin invigorates the spirit, provides inspiration and sooths. Your day in the city is about to start and you can get there by bicycle or on foot. Is this a dream or a barely perceptible reality?
Her Second Nature
Modern life takes a big toll, but your time is too precious to waste it on traffic jams where you are isolated in your car. Ljubljana is at the palm of your hand from your shelter under Golovec. With her hustle and bustle and beauty, Ljubljana fills everyone with liveliness. As a good friend, she is always near and accessible. You no longer have to compromise between a life close to the nature and a comfortable living in the proximity of the city.
Terraced residential buildings Devana Park are placed as a rock shelter growing from the forest: their façade panels are grey with green elements, reflecting the shape of the hill’s layers and the ridge relief where the buildings are situated. Façade is decorated by trees which give a sense of sustainability and confirm the alliance with the forest.
Imagine as the night drifts away amazed and as the gentle rustle of the forest kingdom announces a new day. A butterfly flaps its wings, a bird sings, you stretch yourself and greet the sun. You live in one of the 45 modern, high-quality apartments. You grow here and breath nature each passing moment. This is your home. Your urban beat of nature.