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Mestni Muzej Ljubljana
City Museum of Ljubljana
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ofis
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DESCRIPTION
 
Ofis Mestni Museum LjubljanaThe project involves the renovation and extention of the Auersperg Palace, which is located in the heart of the protected historical city centre. The palace and the site have a very rich history dating from the prehistoric period to Roman and medieval times. Each era added something to the building. During the course of history the function of the palace changed several times, such that the existing organisation of the floor plan was not suitable for hosting a museum programme. The spaces were labyrinth-like and disconnected.
The competition entry suggested a spiral itinerary for the visitor through the exhibition spaces and proposed an added element to connect the wings of the palace.

Ofis Mestni Museum LjubljanaThe first spiral. The walk starts underground at –3 m, where the ground level of Ljubljana was situated in prehistoric period. Since the city’s ground level rose over the years the walkway ascends through the Roman era, represented by an original Roman road, then medieval and baroque Ljubljana, where the museum bar is located, before returning to the ground-floor lobby. The archaeology is preserved in situ⎯no stone has been relocated.
The courtyard floor bifurcates and rises parallel to this path and the location of the Roman road; it forms a roof above the stepped archaeology.

The second spiral functions as a roof over the archaeology from level –3 m to level zero, rising above the courtyard and becoming a level balcony, thus affording different views of the courtyard and the palace.

The third spiral continues inside the palace on level +4 m as a balcony overlooking the main hall. Ascending the old staircase, the spiral becomes a suspended ceiling (at +7.5 m), containing the whole service infrastructure: climate control, diffuse lighting, the sound and fire protection system. The suspended spiral continues through the rooms, taking the visitor through the exhibition. The same situation is repeated on the next floor (at +12.5 m).

Ofis Mestni Museum LjubljanaThe existing palace was renovated using necessary, minimal elements like frameless windows and doors and neutral materials. The exhibition spaces are preserved at their original size, as per the conservation programme. Furniture in the palace is integrated within the existing walls. The oak used is local oak, and the colours of the glazed surfaces arise from those used by archaeologists to define different historical eras.

At the time of the competition it was thought that there would more archaeological remains on the site but it was not known where these might be and what importance they would have. Therefore, this part of the project had to be flexible and adaptable. The proposed solution was an open-plan basement with an adaptable structural system. The structural plans were drawn as a 3D-computer module that was adapted in relation to the suggestions of the archaeologists.
Ofis Mestni Museum Ljubljana
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VIDEO
 
 

THE CITY MUSEUM EXTENSION from OFIS arhitekti / architects on Vimeo.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Slovenia [Slovenija]
Region
Central Slovenia [Osrednjeslovenska]
Town
Ljubljana
District
Center
Address
Gosposka ulica 15
 
 
Telephone
+386.1.2412.500
Fax
+386.1.2412.540
Website
E-mail
info@mestnimuzej.si
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Museums and buildings for exhibitions
Archaeology museums
Operations on existing buildings
Renovation, rehabilitation and restructuring
Extension, superelevation
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Conference halls
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1998 - 2000     project winner of competition
Realisation
2000 - 2004
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Ampliamento del Museo Civico di Lubiana, Slovenia / Extension of the Ljubljana City Museum, Slovenia", L'industria delle costruzioni 392, novembre-dicembre/november-december 2006 [Est Europa: tendenze], pp. 28-31
"Ofis, Ljubljana", Arquitectura Viva 110, IX-X 2006 [Pasado presente], pp. 68-71
"Ampliación y renovación del Museo de la Ciudad, Liubliana / Extension and renovation of the Ljubljana City Museum. 1998-2004", 2G 38, II/2006 [Ofis arhitekti], pp. 30-45
"Ofis Arhitekti. Ampliamento e restauro del Museo Municipale. Lubiana", Casabella 741, febbraio/february 2006, "Nuovi musei e spazi espositivi" pp. 60-63
Francesca Chiorino, "Spirale evolutiva", Casabella 741, febbraio/february 2006, "Nuovi musei e spazi espositivi" p. 61 (60-63)
Alex Wiltshire, "A spiral of concrete", Icon 18, december 2004, pp. 46-47
Roemer van Toorn, "Quan el temps gira sense control / When time spins out of control", Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme 243, octubre/october 2004, pp. 38-39 (32-47)
"Ofis Arhitekti. 2. Museu Municipal de Ljubljana / City Museum of Ljubljana", Quaderns d'arquitectura i urbanisme 243, octubre/october 2004, pp. 40-47 (32-47)
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CLIENT
 
 
Mestni Muzej Ljubljana
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 6.710.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
existing building sq.m. 2.650
extension sq.m. 790
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STRUCTURES
 
 
ELEA IC d.o.o.
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STAFF
 
Design team
realisation: Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik, Rok Gerbec, Josip Konstantinovič, Karla Murovec, Damjan Bradač
competition: Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik, Lidija Dragišič, Marko Coloni
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Tomaž Gregorič
Drawings © Ofis arhitekti
Text edited by Ofis arhitekti
Courtesy by Ofis arhitekti

Ofis Mestni Museum Ljubljana



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