National and University Library NUK II Proposal

project description

Open International Single-stage Architectural Design Competition

Organizer: Ministry of higher education, science and technology Republika Slovenija in cooperation with the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS). Participants: 189 entries. Ranking: reimbursement for work

The exhibition of the Competition entries for NUK II will be open (including Saturdays and Sundays) between the 08:00 and 18:00 hour up to and including 20 July 2012 in the Tobačna complex, Tobačna ulica 5, Ljubljana.

project facts

A library, especially one related to national ethos is an expression of ongoing knowledge continuously accumulated through ages; therefore the structure placed on top of Emona performs a role of a „time-patch”. The building uses Emona’s presence not as untouchable sanctity, but as a potential to make a missing link between remote points in time: the Roman period, contemporaneity and future. Existing city layout seems to deny or at least ignore the strict Roman composition being an amalgamation of medieval and XIX century urban development.

The project’s role is to provide a vehicle of continuity. At the same time, the vehicle has to remain an autonomous structure away from justifying its presence trough camouflaging it in the context. Instead, the context should be „sucked into” the building. The form of the library should encourage new use and therefore a revitalization of excavated Emona by inserting it into the building as a set of spaces hosting street-related functions. Emona should become a vital part of buildings communication system, not a marginalized, dusty anecdote. As in archeology, the time is visible through strata, in this case being built floors, not geological layers, leading from depth of time through contemporary city to a future abstracted from present Ljubljana by elevating the readers.

The composition of new library building relies on the crossing of two main streets of Emona This principle is visible throughout all three super-floors with their mezzanines; from excavation one, through library to an uplifted „secret garden” on library’s roof. The cross is a void and an internal public space serving for communication, gatherings and individual reading. The layering of the cross offers three different spatial specificities. The composition of the library building aims to restore the character of roads and urban blocks once existed in the very place. Two ancient roads create and influence the internal space of the building. The building recreates basic functionality of the roads – connecting spaces and functions. It converts the no-longer-existing function of the closed and two-dimensional layout of the crossing into a three-dimensional, living structure.

authors

CENTRALA Team: Simone De Iacobis, Krzysztof Banaszewski, Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Jakub Szczęsny, Katarzyna Kuzmińska, Karolina Chodur, Piotr Gierek, Krzysztof Nowotka, Krzysztof Syruć

Project name: “Reading gardens”


Date: Spring 2012

Type: Open International Single-stage Architectural Design Competition
(Organizer: Ministry of higher education, science and technology Republika Slovenija in cooperation with the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia (ZAPS). Participants: 189 entries. Ranking: reimbursement for work)

Location: Rimska cesta, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Programme: The library building with corresponding external arrangement


Site: on top of the archeology site of a former roman town, Emona

Surface: Site Area: 4.100 m2 m², Gross Floor Area: 20. 789 m2

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