Inventive mall design in Slovenia adapts its frontage to align with seasonal fashions
The complex is located in the heart of Ljubljana, between the park and main Ljubljana pedestrian commercial street. The programme is comprised of a mixture of boutique shops, café and residences, and the street and park will be connected with a public passage that perforates the building.
Since the street and the park are at different levels, the building design incorporates two ground floors connected with a passageway. The lower 4 floors are formed by shops connected with a mall, whilst the top three floors are reserved for apartments. Also used for residential living are specific areas inside the existing historical atrium.
The building is formed in terraces between low rise historical lines, out towards the recent extension of the Post Office on the border of the plot. Terraces offer beautiful views towards the old city and town castle. A lower large terrace plateau is formed as an open air café and higher terraces are designed as apartments. Terraces are adorned with green fence ‘pillows' - organic layered metal mesh with implanted greenery inside.
Reflecting the world of high fashion the building also changes with the seasons: Fall/Winter appearance is covered in silver and sometimes snow. On the other hand, the Spring/Summer appearance is green and sometimes in flowers. The project will go on site in 2011.