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BUILDING
 
 
Mercator
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ofis
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DESCRIPTION
 
Ofis arhitekti Mercator LjubljanaThe existing site is listed as an industrial historical area with buildings of an old butchery complex, which included the water-tower and an old butcher hall.

The demand of National Heritage was to rebuild the tower as it was in origin and to integrate the main façade portal of old hall in front of the planned new shopping mall.

The client's permit and expected plan was a prefabricated concrete hall of 46x42x7 meters. The interior and all internal finishing is done as “Mercator standard” – the standard which is prescribed by the shopping company’s chain for all their standard malls.

Ofis arhitekti Mercator LjubljanaThe construction Company's budget was extremely limited; the part of their contract with Mercator was a reference project – simple mall, built in a village in the northern part of Slovenia. (This mall had only a front façade with final façade finishing; the other 3 facades were basic concrete). The same budget had to be respected in this project and the same amount was listed in the contract.

The new shopping mall has parking facilities and customer approach on 3 sides of the building. Therefore it was important to cover 3 sides with final decorative finishing with the budget of 1 side only. After detailed calculation of the budget for covering all elevations was at 60.000 EUR.

The pattern was based on elevations at different heights in order to soften the basic cube shell.

We calculated the surface that would be needed for one side. The surface was divided into three elevated surfaces.

The surface which could fit into the budget for the facade was use of basic metal sheets which painted in bronze structured color. After cost evaluation only 20% of the concrete shell could be covered with the metal sheets. So the sheets were perforated with holes in different sizes. Furthermore the cut metal circles from the sheets were used and arranged on the rest of the façade surface. The use of the holes and circle ornamental patterns were justified with the commercial merchant’s company “Mercator pika* (*pika in slovene - dot)” (campaign for faithful customers).

For the rest of the budget which remained the metal chain rope was created around the metal dots. In time the surface will be covered with green climbing plants.
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
General ecology
Climbing plants (evergreen) which will slowly cover the elevations are placed around the building, that will then become eco-green.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Slovenia [Slovenija]
Region
Central Slovenia [Osrednjeslovenska]
Town
Ljubljana
District
Polje
Address
Mesarska cesta
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Department stores, supermarkets, shopping centres, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006    
Realisation
2008 - 2008
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Mercator in Llubljana", Blueprint 274, january 2009, p. 22
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CLIENT
 
 
Mercator d.d.
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
total sq.m. 2.000
shop sq.m. 1.200
old tower sq.m. 200
Dimensions
m. 46 x 42 x 7
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Projecta d.o.o.
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STAFF
 
Design team
Rok Oman, Špela Videčnik, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera, Anna Breda Luis Ferreira, Ana Kosi, Katja Aljaz
Interior design
Mercator Optima
Mechanical engineer
ISP d.o.o.
Electrical engineer
Eurolux d.o.o.
Transport planning
Tegainvest d.o.o.
Developer
Gradis Skupina G d.d.
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Tomaž Gregorič
Drawings © Ofis arhitekti
Text edit by Ofis arhitekti
Courtesy by Ofis arhitekti

Ofis arhitekti Mercator Ljubljana



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