Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Ljubljana, Slovenia 2020
public project competition
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Total floor area
laboratory, classrooms , library, offices, auditorium
SADAR+VUGA (Jurij Sadar, Boštjan Vuga, Miha Čebulj, Matjaž Bahor, Monika Rus, Petko Grabljič, Aleš Pajk, Andreas Cesarini)
cooperation / Construction: IBE d.d. (Franc Sinur, Slavko Modic), Energy concept: IBE d.d. (Sašo Ocvirk, Andrej Korak), Landscape design: BRUTO d.o.o. (Matej Kučina, Nika Čufer), Traffic concept: City Studio d.o.o. (Igor Stavreviču), Fire Safety: IBE d.d. (Matjaž Kuzma), Model: Luka Jančič
The Faculty Of Mechanical Engineering is located in the green area under Rožnik hill as a part of the emerging technological campus. The whole area is built unbridled, without any clear urbanist plans. Inserting new buildings for FS and and the Faculty of Pharmacy offers an opportunity to give meaning to the area, create a sequence of urban public places as well as fixing traffic connections to the wider area.
The new building, in spite of the abundance of the program and its contents, acts not only as a huge volume, but as a modern structure of loaded horizontal planes of different sizes and shapes that respond to external and internal parameters. The plains are cross-loaded from SW to the SV and allow federal passage of green space along the PST through atriums and green terraces against the existing buildings of the faculties of chemistry and computer science. They are loaded in a way that they shade south and southwest, protect against rain and create microambients in the space between the outside and the inside. On planes (slabs) appear walkable terraces, which allow students and functioning in a building permanent contact with the outer space. Despite the relatively deep and wide floorplan layout enables optimal illumination of premises throughout the depth of the building.
The four large green atriums on the ground floor, formed on the crosses between these plains, represent four gardens with grass and low growth trees, allowing continuous visual contact with the greenery even inside the building and not just around the perimeter of the building. The atriums, which extend towards the top of the building, also provide optimum natural illumination throughout the building and allow for short circular paths. They represent an important contact of all the spaces with greenery and serve as an extension of indoor air in the appropriate days. They provide connectivity between faculty users, provide social welfare, but at the same time also provide a functional separation of rooms that need it.
Entrance from the east plaza into the passageway through the entering hall. The entrance canopy protects against rain. The window facade surface is protected by stacking horizontaly. This gives the building a unique and memorable appearance.