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slovenska-glavna
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The Slovenska Boulevard

Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011
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Type: infrastructure
Source: invited participation
Client: City of Ljubljana
Address/Site: Slovenska cesta, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Street lenght 1.200 m
Team Jurij Sadar, Boštjan Vuga, Jurij Ličen, Jure Sadar, Nina Vuga
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The main street of the Slovenian capital becomes the SLOVENSKA BOULEVARD. Its ground layout is comparable with partner boulevards in other European capitals, such as Avenida de Libertade in Lisbon, Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona, Champs Elysees in Paris or Ku’Damm in Berlin. These are boulevards with synergy of traffic areas, the public green event areas and shopping areas.

The SLOVENSKA BOULEVARD is marked by the middle lane - the MEDIAN, which travels along the whole boulevard, from the Aškerčeva street to Tivolska street. The width of the median changes, at its narrowest it is 2,5 m and 11,5 m at its widest. The median is a public urban space, created by rerouting and reducing the traffic flow on the current Slovenska street.

Why the median? The current roadside construction at the Slovenska street is not unified, neither the building volumes nor its historical values. It is expected and desired to change the construction in the future to fit the profile and the character of the Boulevard: some of the lower, more suburban buildings would be replaced by new ones, while others will be raised. The lowest height template of the Boulevard will be determined by the National Bank and the Slavia buildings. The middle lane - the median will be independent from the height template and the character of the roadside construction. Establishing the median will transform the street into a boulevard, without changing the construction.

The median is evenly paved surface. Gingko trees are planted along the whole boulevard, measuring 15 m in height and 10 m wide. A special pattern of red pavement from compressed sand and the characteristic golden-yellow colour of the promenade create a memorable image of the Slovenska Boulevard.

The median is a new public urban space. It represents an added value in the urban space of the Boulevards. This is a surface, where people can walk, relax, meet, have fun, celebrate or exercise. The city would acquire new marketing surfaces available to lease. Even a completely empty median acts as a modern monumental feature in the capital.

The main element of the new urban fittings on the media are the cut cones, which serve as programs (kiosk, bar, coffee shop, store, shelter) and are environmentally and energy friendly. The cones act as microclimate regulators, used to increase the comfort level along the media by shading, heating and moistening the air. At the same time, the cones are covered with photovoltaic cells that generate renewable energy.

The Slovenska Boulevard is an example of an environmentally and energy friendly urban design. Limiting the traffic, the promenade, use of large concrete plates for driving and cycling surfaces, as well as compressed sand on the media and the energy cones create an environment, which becomes a new identity space of the capital.

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