International competition (2010), Honorable Mention
Authors: MAB architects + Jereb in Budja arhitekti
The purpose of the new business complex is to provide new operational facilities along with the central headquarters for ELES – the Slovenian national electricity operator. The site is located in green surroundings of Bericevo, on the outskirts of the capital city of Ljubljana.
The brief called for a modern and operational working environment, but also for architecture that would reflect the company’s mission and activities.
The amount of programs which needed to fit on a tight building plot called for a compact and efficient design concept. The functional morphology of electrical transformers served as a design reference for the development of the project.
The ground floor, which serves as the building base, is clad with perforated copper panels, and houses all public and large volume spaces.
The volume’s footprint occupies almost the entire plot and it is carved out to provide access and natural light to the program within. By these means, a large technical operations courtyard and two green atriums are created. These green atriums connect the internal circulation halls of the entire complex. Offices and other programs which require higher levels of security are housed within compact volumes, which sit on top of the base. These volumes have glass facades, that shaded with anodized aluminum brise-soleil, provide a contrasting appearance to the cladding of the base.
The building design is based on principles of sustainable design.