of cultural heritage, location at the urban navel of Ljubljana
and exposure in every sense are the elements of the project
- generally considered unrealizable and probably also untouchable.
At the behest of daring developer and regarding the currently
possible program change, we developed a daring composition
which takes away the building's current alienation. Currently,
the building at a major square houses a pharmacy on the ground
floor with administrative health care programs at the back
and on the upper floors. Renovation was conceived as a composition
exercise, with sets up a quality department store in the principal
volume, with entrance and public areas of a quality apartment
house at the back. Apartments themselves are located in a
volume limited by the allowed expansion volume. The existing
volume is renovated with respect of its key elements (facade
in its entirety and vertical communication elements within).
Apartment program on the roof is housed in a dynamic volume
which deviates from all surrounding formal elements. We know
that dramatic stories took place next to Ljubljanica River
-as in France Prešeren's ballad, where the Water Man took
reckless belle Urška with him. So who knows? Perhaps here
a dragon* leaped up to the castle from the roof...
* Dragon is the symbol of Ljubljana, depicted in its coat-of-arms