location ljubljana, slovenia date 2006 - 2010 program low cost shopping client mercator
area 2800 m2 cost - type commission status built
The existing site is listed as a historic industrial area containing an old butchery complex, which included the water-tower and old butcher hall. The demand of the National heritage was to rebuild the tower as it was in its original state and to integrate the main façade portal of the old hall in front of the planned new shopping mall. The client wished for the design to be a prefabricated concrete hall of 46x42x7 meters. With the interior and all internal finishing done as "Mercator standard" – the standard which is prescribed by the shopping company's chain for all their standard malls. The construction company's budget was extremely limited, after detailed calculation the budget for cladding all elevations was at 60.000 EUR. The proposed pattern was based on different stepped elevations
in order to soften the basic cube shell. The surface that would be needed for one side was then calculated. The surface was divided into three elevated surfaces.
The surface which could fit into the budget for the facade was the use of basic metal sheets which were painted bronze in color. After a cost evaluation it was discovered that 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 the circular ornamental patterns were justified with the commercial merchant's
company "Mercator pika* (*pika in slovene - dot)" (campaign for faithful customers). For the remaining budget, the metal chain rope was created around the metal dots. In time the surface will be covered with green climbing plants.
Sustainable Issues:
Climbing plants (evergreen) are placed around the building which will slowly cover the elevations and will become eco-green.
  Dot envelope _ low cost shopping

Commission 2006 /
construction start 2010 /
completed 2010

Design team:
rok oman
spela videcnik
andrej gregoric
Javier Carrera
Anna Breda
Luis Ferreira
Ana Kos
katja aljaz
Janez Martincic

photo@tomaz gregoric

interior design:
Mercator Optima
main client:
Mercator d.d.
structural engineering:
Projecta d.o.o.
mechanical engineering:
ISP d.o.o.
electrical engineering
Eurolux d.o.o.
traffic engineering:
Tegainvest d.o.o.
construction company:
Gradis Skupina G d.d.

basic data:
brutto surface including services 2.000 m2
shop surface: 1.200 m2
old tower: 200 m2