Murska Sobota, Slovenia
area: 1.460 m2
Municipality of Murska Sobota
year of construction: 2012
Cinema Park Building was erected in the 1950s from plans by
the modernist architect Franc Novak. Slowly falling into disrepair,
it was still used for film shows until the new century, when
it became obsolete due to the construction of a new multiplex.
A solution was found in a new, more ambitious programme: a conversion
into a theatre and concert hall, preserving the designated landmark
modernist building with a fitting new programme for a small
city with a large theatre audience that previously lacked an
adequate theatre space. This way, the city of Murska Sobota
reinforces its position as a regional centre and at the same
time preserves the exceptional example of modernist architecture.
In relation to the existing structure, two concepts were introduced
for the two segments of the project. The functional scheme of
entry areas already included all the key elements: entrance
loggia, lobby and the lower and upper foyers. These parts of
the building were renovated, preserving as much original substance
as possible. New functional elements were inserted into existing
space as black elements conceived with minimal detail.
The existing auditorium's geometry was not suited to the new
purpose, so it was replaced by a new, correctly proportioned
auditorium space and a technically equipped theatre stage. It's
size and equipment allows for guest performances from every
theatre in the country as well future own production with space
and technical support on par with all national theatres. The
volume of the original building is clearly delineated in the
auditorium's structure, the added stage volume, dressed in "renaissance
trousers" shows an appropriate compositional distance, retains
the autonomy of the original building's architectural expression
and blends easily into the natural surroundings of city park.
Throughout the design process, special attention was given to
investment costs and designing the building with low running
costs. With rational concept and transparent investment management,
the small city of Murska Sobota received the fifth largest and
currently best equipped stage in the country. Running costs
were reduced to minimum by providing heating and cooling energy
via heat pumps from an already used geothermal installation.
After six months, average running cost for heating, cooling,
ventilating and lighting come to 3.300 EUR per month. We believe
that more and more of our creative energy within the design
process will soon be directed into limiting the consumption
of natural resources and general environmental responsibility.
|Objavljeno v: Mladina magazine
(2011), Endless performance - Buildings for Performance Art