Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1996-1999

Type
office and workspace

Source
open anonymous competition, 1st prize

Client
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

Address/Site
university and governmental district, Dimičeva 13, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Site area
4.640 m2

Building area
1.194 m2

Total floor area
18.189 m2

Storeys
2 basements (128 parking spaces) + groundfloor+7 storeys (internal part), groundfloor+5 storeys (semi-public part)

Program
conference halls, library, gallery, classrooms, restaurant, offices

Structure
reinforced concrete spatial steel trusses

Cladding
double skin façade, structural glazing, printed glass

Architect
SADAR+VUGA (Jure Sadar, Boštjan Vuga, Josip Konstantinovič, Aljoša Dekleva, Tadej Žaucer, Simona Muc, Peter Šenk)

Photos
Hisao Suzuki

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, whose task is to promote the movement and flow of capital in the Republic of Slovenia, is conceived as a “megastore”.

In encompassing consultation, information and training departments and services, it acts as a local lead-in to economic globalization. What was involved in this project was the rehabilitation of the institution’s offices housed in a strictly rationalist lowrise building, and the addition of a series of semi-public amenities (restaurants, library, lecture rooms, exhibition areas, archival reading room).

Project attempts explicitly to do away with any barriers between the public, semi-public and private features which are all present in this hybrid design.

By retaining the huge public forecourt, the programme along the existing building is verticalized, thus giving it a new façade, designed like boxes piled on top of each other.Fitted between the two fronts, as if the public forecourt had been suddenly straightened, is a vertical hall, espousing the principle of continuity and interaction between the two parts of the programme.