The Chamber of Architecture and spatial planning of Slovenia (ZAPS) is currently putting on a competition for public, project, open, anonymous, single-stage, architectural design for the selection of the most appropriate expert solution for the structure and external arrangement of the National and University Library NUK II.
The construction of NUK II on the location of the new building must implement the common objective of urban planning, cultural heritage protection and archaeology, and therefore provide a contemporary urban space of high quality, reflecting recognisable local and historical characteristics. The NUK II project is located in the southern part of Ljubljana city centre, between Slovenska, Zoisova and Emonska ulica and Rimska cesta. More information after the break.
As a library, NUK develops its central role in a rapidly changing world of information and responds to the increased volume of information and to the changing expectations of people regarding access to information. The task of NUK is to provide a maximally comfortable and simple physical and online access to printed and electronic materials from its own collection and from collections of other providers. NUK will provide all necessary conditions for the responsible implementation of its central tasks – the keeping, conservation and protection of Slovenian written heritage for the future – which refers both to the storage facilities and to the digital archive with backups.
The building of NUK II must be designed as a space intended for people as well as different important activities carried out in this space: studying, learning, the interaction and exchange of ideas, the examination of library collections, the acquisition of information and the application of computer technology.
The architecture of the new NUK II must reflect the period of construction and thus express the autonomy of architecture without attempting to exceed the spatial context by design and dimensions. The presentation of archaeological remains of Roman Emona on the location of NUK II will constitute an interesting enrichment of the library programme and a special challenge for seeking connections between the construction and literary heritage. The open, external space in front of the new library must be designed as a representative public space intended for resting, waiting and relaxing.
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