Location: Podčetrtek, Slovenia
Project Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Maruša Zupančič, Nuša Završnik, Zana Starovič, Anna Kravcova, Polona Ruparčič, Marko Volf, Sabina Sakelšek, Esta Matkovič, Darja Zubac, Dean Jukić, Nebojša Vertovšek, Tjaša Marinšek
Client: Terme Olimia
Landscape Architecture: Bruto
Structure: Elea iC
Climatisation & Plumbing: Nombiro
Electrical Instalation: Forte inženiring
Project Area: 9,990 sqm
Budget: 13,000,000 EUR
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Miran Kambič
Main goal while designing the building was to diminish as much as possible its presence in the surroundings. Since the demanded program of wellness center is very extensive and in parts it demands overcoming great spans and big heights of inner spaces, putting up classically conceived building on central green plot would fill up last remaining open area in thermal complex and largely degraded its spatial quality.
New wellness center is consecutively designed rather like a landscape arrangement then a building. Folded elevations appear like supporting walls dividing different levels of landscape surfaces. Central walking path is now stretched over the roof and enables visitors completely new, different experience of the site. On both ends, where strolling path connects with passing inner roads, it forms two smaller public squares to control the speed of vehicles and ultimately gives advantage to pedestrians over the traffic.
Rather than searching for its own expression and claiming its space new object connects existing single buildings and other spatial elements in the whole.