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  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Shopping Centers
  4. Slovenia
  5. OFIS arhitekti
  6. 2008
  7. Dot envelope _ low cost shopping / OFIS arhitekti

Dot envelope _ low cost shopping / OFIS arhitekti

  • 01:00 - 4 November, 2008
Dot envelope _ low cost shopping / OFIS arhitekti
Dot envelope _ low cost shopping / OFIS arhitekti, © Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

© Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Architect

    OFIS arhitekti
  • Project Leaders

    Rok Oman & Špela Videčnik
  • Design Team

    Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Javier Carrera, Anna Breda, Luis Ferreira, Ana Kosi, Katja Aljaz
  • Interior Design

    Mercator Optima
  • Structural Engineering

    Projecta d.o.o.
  • Client

    Mercator d.d.
  • Contractor

    Gradis Skupina G d.d.
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The existing site is listed as industrial historical area with buildings of an old butchery complex, which included the water-tower and old butcher hall.

© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

Demand of National heritage was to rebuild the tower as it was in original and to integrate the main façade portal of old hall in front of the planned new shopping mall.

© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

The client permission and expected plan was prefabricated concrete hall of 46x42x7 meters.

Interior and all internal finishing is done as "Mercator standard" - the standard which is prescribed by shopping company's chain for all their standard malls.

© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

Construction Company budget was extremely limited; the part of their contract with Mercator was a reference project - simple mall, built in village in northern part of Slovenia. (This mall had only front façade with final façade finishing; the rest 3 facades were basic concrete). Exactly the same budget had to be respected in this project and the same amount was listed in our contract.

© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

The new shopping mall has customer approach and parking facilities on 3 sides of the building. Therefore it was important to cover 3 sides with final decorative finishing with the budget of 1 side only.After detailed calculation the budget for covering all elevations was at 60.000 EUR.

© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

The pattern was based on different stepped elevations in order to soften basic cube shell.We took and calculated the surface that would be needed for one side. The surface was divided into three elevated surfaces.

© Tomaz Gregoric
© Tomaz Gregoric

The surface which could fit into the budget for the facade was use of basic metal sheets which were painted in bronze structured color. After cost evaluation only 20% of the concrete shell could be covered with the metal sheets. So the sheets were perforated with holes in different sizes. Furthermore the cut metal circles from the sheets were used and arranged on the rest of the façade surface. The use of the holes and circle ornamental patterns were justified with the commercial merchant's company "Mercator pika* (*pika in slovene - dot)" (campaign for faithful customers).


For the rest of the budget which remained; the metal chain rope was created around the metal dots. In time the surface will be covered with green climbing plants.Climbing plants (evergreen) are placed around the building which will slowly cover the elevations and will become eco-green.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Dot envelope _ low cost shopping / OFIS arhitekti" 04 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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jiri · November 07, 2008

"Sustainable Issues:
Climbing plants (evergreen) are placed around the building which will slowly cover the elevations and will become eco-green."

I am not sure if this is enough for sustainable development. Architects should sometimes desist from these superficial efforts to be green.

Otherwise very nice shopping house!!!

merce · November 05, 2008

An example that you can do tasteful stuff with less ingredients.

benson · November 05, 2008

Really nice. Not to mention the small budget.


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