Photo provided by: OFIS Architects; Photo by: Tomaz Gregoric

The concept of many people living in a single structure is somewhat similar to how bees naturally house themselves in hives.

The Honeycomb Apartments are located in Izola, Slovenia, and include two buildings creating space for 30 units.

OFIS Architects developed a prize-winning plan for the development in 2003. The competition called for designs to creatively develop two blocks in the community for tourist housing and the winning design was constructed from 2004 through 2006.

Drawing inspiration from the insect’s habitat, designers moved forward with a structure that provides both shade and privacy on the balconies while creating unique spaces inside each apartment. Additionally, each balcony is equipped with 10-centimeter ventilation holes on the side walls to allow air to freely flow through the outdoor space during the very hot months.

Each balcony is also shaded by a textile awning that still allows sunlight to come into each unit. The awnings are also transparent enough to allow light to illuminate and add vibrance to each color used for the balcony while still allowing a guest to see through it from indoors.

Lindsay Machak is an assistant editor for Multifamily Executive. Connect with her on Twitter @LMachak.