Podčetrtek Traffic Circle / Enota

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© Miran Kambič

Designed by Enota, their just completed Traffic Circle in  Podčetrtek marks the entrance to the dark monolithic volume of the municipal sports hall on one and the thermal spa complex on the other side of the regional road. With a primary intent to slow down the traffic in this consequently very busy area, the main accesses to both complexes also connect to the traffic circle. Its design also suggests a tectonic shift that has caused the road surface to bloat and belched out the massive blocks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

© Miran Kambič

The design of the roundabout’s central island thus references the appearance of both facilities and marks the entrance points to the destinations of the visitors to either of the program centers.  In combination with the water, which sporadically rises to the surface between the clefts, it is somewhat reminiscent of geyser-strewn basalt strata, its appearance thus evoking the presence of both nearby facilities.

© Miran Kambič

The large, dark concrete blocks allude to the design the monolithic volume of the sports hall. The play of light on the irregular arrangement of the elements forms a composition of surfaces, which corresponds to the expression of the hall’s folded volume.

Architects: Enota
Location: Podčetrtek,
Project Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Alja Černe, Tjaž Bauer
Client: Terme Olimia
Type: Commission
Size: 380 m2
Budget: 33.000 EUR
Project Year: Completed 2012

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Podčetrtek Traffic Circle / Enota" 08 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=328988>

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