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Area Tobacco Factory [ projects, , urban ]
The existing site is characterized by large volumes of a former tobacco factory in pavilion like urban arrangement. About half of the buildings represent industrial heritage and are monumentally protected. These buildings will be revitalized by the new program and additionally about 150.000 m2 of new surfaces, mostly housing, hotels and commercial will be build. The size of the area and proximity to the Ljubljana's city center makes this development very attractive and important for the urban image of the city.

The new volumes are attached to the existing ones; the existing urban morphology is maintained. Height gradation of the new volumes is being proposed, from the lower existing volumes in the south towards high volumes in the North West in order to enable best possible insulation of all the apartments. The gradation also opens up the possibility for high quality views towards the Ljubljana's Castle and the green Barje in the south. Such volume gradation finally makes roof terraces possible for the apartments on the top, green areas on the roofs of the buildings are also for children's playgrounds and recreation areas for the hotels. The hotel and other mixed service buildings with its dynamic appearance are a “kinetic” interface towards the city. They create and urban and public connection, especially with the high volume, a marker, in one of the busiest conjunctions in Ljubljana.

Elastik Team: Mika Cimolini, Igor Kebel, Ursula Lavrencic, Eriko Watanabe
Landscape: Andreja Zapusek and Damjan Cerne


source: international competition, 3rd prize, 2007
client: Imos and city of Ljubljana
location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
type: urban design and refurbishment of an old tobacco factory
facts:site area: 80.000 m2, total floor area: 200.000m2
structure: reinforced concrete


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