Nova Gorica is a new town, created from scratch in 1948 on the Yugoslavian-Italian border as a reaction to the old town of Gorizia on the Italian side. In the socialist spirit, young work brigades put all the effort into creating new town with clear well thought master plan, designed by Ravnikar – a Slovene Le Corbusier. The distinctive feature of Nova Gorica was supposed to be a large open landscape sparsely populated by individual block buildings in the grid pattern. Decades later new buildings started to fill the void between the blocks and the town’s appearance became indistinct.
The skyscraper is uncompromisingly set in the low-rise town center. The park is substituted by green slope on the lower part of the building complex. With its ignorance of new building regulations it is a reaction to the neglected principles of original master plan designed as a modified Plans Voisin in 1940’s.
breaking up the rigid urban fabric
Entire site remains in public domain where the park is substituted with a green slope that leads to the gallery and restaurant on 10th and 11th floor. The sloped rooftop functions as an open air auditorium.
location: NOVA GORICA, SLOVENIA
type: OPEN COMPETITION – 3RD PRIZE
team: Manca Ahlin, Matjaž Pegan,Peter Rijavec,Miha Volgemut, Saša Vuk