Lev Office Building / Andrej Kalamar

© Miran Kambič

Architect: Andrej Kalamar – Studio Kalamar
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Structural Engineering: Anton Berce, IZTR
HVAC Engineering: Lenassi
Electrical Engineering: Eldata
Client: Regal d.o.o. Murska Sobota
Contractor: SGP Pomgrad d.d.
Built Area: 4,200 sqm
Budget: 2,300,000 €
Project Year: 1999-2001
Year of Construction: 2002
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Location
The building stands on the corner of the most frequented intersection in the city.

© Miran Kambič

Urban context
Impact of heavy traffic, diversity of physical space.

© Miran Kambič

Program
Visible part, housing offices and retail space, represents only a third of the entire structure. Below ground, three more levels accommodate parking and additional programs for the adjacent hotel.

© Miran Kambič

Scheme
Protective against the impact of the intersection, the building is oriented within where, together with adjacent buildings, it forms an open atrium, a nucleus of public activities.

© Miran Kambič

Information
The high-polished minimal form interacts with drivers passing by, echoing their movement. The “chromosome image” of the vertical window openings provides movement with a large scale rhythm, the layer of creased metal in two contrasting hues interacts with motion by changing colour, the outer layer of printed softens the volume in small scale rhythm of continuous code.

ground floor

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Cite: "Lev Office Building / Andrej Kalamar" 26 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=65786>
  • anna

    a weird splash of slovenians

  • JNK

    what about the interior?

  • endersen

    I’d like to see interior too :p

  • rok

    wow 10 years ago… AD you are really up to date

  • niko

    Very indistinguishable building, I’m from Ljubljana and this is the first time I’ve seen it. Also what’s with all the slovenian projects on AD recently?

  • Mark

    Why not a full green roof? Just a few buxus sempervirens are some kind of weird…

  • Red

    I love it’s exterior