Ljubljana Passenger Station

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008


invited competition, 2nd prize


Ljubljana City Centre

Site area
26.118 m2

Building area
8.223 m2

Total floor area
25.152 m2

train station, bus station, shopping

bridge steel truss

glazed facade

SADAR+VUGA (Jurij Sadar, Boštjan Vuga, Miha Cebulj, Bor Pungercic, Risto Avramovski, Bruno Henriques)
Structural Engineer: Elea IC

The Bridging Structure

The Ljubljana Passenger Station is a 16,5 m high bridging structure, raised above the railway tracks and inserted between the western part of the Ljubljana Passenger Centre.

The bridging structure is a spatial truss that spreads radially from the centre towards the perimeter. It is supported by seven coniform legs, distributed in the area outside the railway tracks along the interior parts of the northern and southern squares. The natural lighting of the railway tracks is made possible by three hexagonal light shafts, which perforate the bridging structure at its centre. The fourth light shaft appears on the western side, along the joints of the bridging structure and the Emonika complex.

The bridging structure is covered by a lacy radial light-permeating roof, composed of glass and opaque fillers, inserted between the arch trusses. The lacy roof is conically connected with the ground platform of the bridging structure by pairs of slender columns.

An additional platform is inserted into the bridging structure, with the exception of the central area of the station hall, so as to divide its interior in two levels.

The perimeter of the bridging structure towards the railway platforms and towards both station squares is articulated, which extends the area of contact between the bridging structure and the exterior area of the station squares, but also the area of entrance into the station hall from the railway platforms.

Passenger Station

The interior of the Ljubljana passenger station is divided into the commercial area and the station hall.

The two-level commercial area is developed radially around three light shafts and connected to the commercial levels of the Emonika. Through it, across the central ‘inner square’ and through two light shafts leads a public city walkway that ties the southern to the northern station square above the railway tracks, thereby connecting the city centre with the Bežigrad area.