This shopping centre and apartment block by Slovenian architects OFIS Arhitekti is due to begin construction in Ljubljana, Slovenia, next year.
The seven-storey building will be wrapped in sweeping trellises made from layers of mesh.
Called Shopping Pillow Terraces, the building will have a passageway running through the first two floors that will connect a main thoroughfare on one side to a park on the other.
The first four storeys will accommodate shops and restaurants connected to an adjacent shopping mall, while the three above will be filled with apartments.
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The complex is located in the heart of Ljubljana, between the park and main Ljubljana pedestrian commercial street. The program is a mixture of boutique shops, caffe and residences.
The street and the park will be connected with public passage perforating the building. Since the street and the park are in different levels the building has two ground floors connected with a passage.
Lower 4 floors are shops connected with a mall. Top three floors are reserved for apartments; partly also inside existing historical atrium. The building is formed in terraces between low-rise historical line in the park towards recent extension of the Post office on the border of the plot.
Terraces offer beautiful views towards the old city and the castle. Lower large terrace plateau is formed as open air caffee, higher terraces are designed as apartments. Teraces are enclosed with green pillows; organic layered metal mesh with implanted greenery inside.
Like the fashion also the building is changing through the season: fall winter appearance is covered in silver and sometimes covered in snow. On the other hand spring summer appearance is green and sometimes in flowers. Project will go on site in 2011.
Type: commecial and residences
Client: LE nepremicnineAreas:5.474 m2 commercial program 3.222 m2 apartments
Structure: metal, reinforced concrete
Max. Height: 7 floors (1 underground), 24.0 m above ground
Budget: 20 mio EUR Exterior Finish: metal, stone, glass, green
Project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Janja del Linz, Janez Martinčič, Katja Aljaz, Andrej Gregorič, Verena Smahel