location: Murska Sobota, Slovenia
area: 1.600 m2
type: office building
year of construction: 2000
dominant feature in Prekmurje plains, the structure deals with
the question of context on levels seldom encountered in architectural
practice. The building stands in the middle of wheat fields,
yet on the edge of a large industrial complex. It is less than
a mile from the city, yet close to the future highway, marking
the inevitable direction of future city growth. In an almost
mathematical abstraction of rhythms, the north volume communicates
with nature and reflects the urban, while the south volume establishes
a dialogue with the multifunctional and polychrome character
of the industry. Headquarters of a large construction company,
the building stands on the edge of the company's industrial
complex, dominating the site. The north-oriented offices facade
offers the benefit of natural light and the view of open fields,
the service areas clad in metal panels face the industrial area
on the south. A central wall connects and divides both areas,
serving as the axis of the plan form and the frame of the structure.
The structural system that combines vertical steel frame and
horizontal reinforced concrete structure as well as innovative
use of facade allow the building to relate to both countryside
and industry in a clear and specific architectural expression.
Project was nominated for
the 2001 Piranesi Award.
Project was nominated for the 2002 Plečnik Medal.