Orhidelia Wellness / Enota

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Architects: Enota
Location: Podčetrtek,
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.

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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.

© Miran Kambič

Rather than searching for its own expression and claiming its space new object connects existing single buildings and other spatial elements in the whole.

Cite: "Orhidelia Wellness / Enota" 03 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=62814>


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    supposed to be inspired by nature ?

    but very, very artificial
    almost kitch !

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      Agreed, some of the materials are artificial and kitschy.

      However, if you look a bit deeper, this project is all about nature. From the non-rectilinear geometries, to the tree-like columns, to the abundant daylight, to the integration of water and plants throughout… A building doesn’t have to look like a tree to be inspired by natural forms & processes.

      Google “Biophilic Design” for more.

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    there is so much going on, i don’t think i can relax with all this stuff assaulting my eyeballs.

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    Eastern Europeans are coming out with highly edgy stuff executed well recently. There must be a great school there teaching excellent material. Seems like one of the few European nations that don’t need to adhere to strict tradition and vernacular.

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    It’s refreshing to see the concept of building-as-landscape taking off. While this project does seem a bit kitchy the ideas and massing are exciting and inspirational. Great coverage on this project – thanks arch daily.

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    Its good to see something out of the ordinary… finally! It can cause some controversy whether it’s good or not, but thats the final idea with this projects!!! I like that it seems almost too artificial to be built… maybe Ventury-inspired?

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    When Mozart composed “die Zauberflöte” the first reaction of the Austrian Emporer at the premiere was: “hmmmm… to many notes”. It seems many will react in the same way to this project.

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      mozart was a genius, OK
      that is not a reason for me to appreciated his so precious music.

      some people prefer simplicty to virtuosity.

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    the vision of the architect seems to have gotten in the way of the purpose of the space… where’s the nature??

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