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MURSKA SOBOTA POST OFFICE BUILDING
 
 

location: Murska Sobota, Slovenia, Trg Zmage
area: 3.000 m2
client:
Pošta Slovenije d.d.
type: office building
status: completed
year of construction: 2001

 
 

The new building and renovation of the Post Office on the main square of Murska Sobota represents the final sequence in the revitalization of the city centre, a series of projects that has previously included the renovation of the Marketplace and forming of the new urban area behind the square via a new mixed use building. The Post Office Building fills the gap that has existed for decades, between two late-1960s buildings with pronounced vertical facades. The new structure with a floor plan of 10 by 14 metres is enclosed between neighbouring structures and has no interior construction except for a corner vertical core. On street level, the new customer service integrates the new and renovated building; the four upper floors of the new structure contain office space. Wedged between two rigid systems, the new façade is designed as floating of horizontal glass panels that "stitch" together neighbouring buildings and convey into the structure the omnipresent horizontality of the square, the city and surrounding plains. Composed of various types of glass, the façade has transparent glass in the entrance area and solidly coloured black glass over the communication vertical. Primary façade area is composed of four hues of solidly coloured glass and four hues of reflecting coated glass, with thin strips of stainless steel dividing the horizontals. Varying types of glass allow the building to "interact" with the sky and thus offer a different picture depending on the weather.
The Post Office interior is finished in smooth modern materials and neutral tones. Subdued atmosphere enhances the space's principal feature: the main wall. Representing a tribute to the local craftsmanship that has flourished in the area for centuries, it is covered in terracotta tiles and glazed pottery in different sizes, both hand crafted locally specially for the project.

 
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