Domžale – Laboratory for small towns
01/2011 I student project I mentor prof. Juan Herreros, visiting professor
How do you create a new public space that would reanimate the city? How does one imagine a new public space that would suit the residents of Domžale city and would be attractive to tourists and other visitors of Domžale city?
The answer is quite complicated and depends on the needs, present, and future, of the city. Due to the large scale of the project area, there must be a very distinct approach to creating a space that would function properly in the future. The main idea of this project is to create a new main street for pedestrians, that would become a new social generator for the city. On this street, there would be different types of squares, depending on the type of activities going on.
The form of the whole complex represents itself as one, contributing to better awareness of space. Heights are leveled to the surrounding buildings so that the complex would not stand out too much in the existing space.
The form of the new buildings is adapting due to the programs in them, all apartments have south orientation for maximum daylight, office spaces tend to maximize the northern light for better working conditions. Connections between all three squares are very flexible, using new the building roofs as new public space and therefore enabling various paths for moving in the new space.
Terrace type of construction gives various different spaces that are suitable for many programs, from bars, libraries, and kindergarten. The new space offers maximum flexibility, views, and orientation. The scale of the project is deliberate as is, due to suiting the needs of the growth of the city of Domžale in the future.