The design won the 1st prize in the invited architectural competition for the Slovenian book center in Trieste, Italy. The proximity of the Oberdan Piazza and Fabiani's National Hall has encouraged us to look more closely to the symbolic ties that are important for the Slovene minority living in Trieste. A hint that would only symbolically show itself derives from Fabiani's masterfully designed facade's decoration. Decorative geometric element has been broken down and transformed into a modern structure, which represents itself in the basic pattern of the bookshelves. The historical building where the new center is located is a palace dating from the first half of the last century. The architectural concept of the interior upgrades the existing facility with a 'scenery'composed out of bookshelves which give the space a modern look. Bookcases are the central element of the interior, announcing its function to the visitors and the city. Large glazed surfaces oriented towards the free-covered colonnade open the views into the interior of the book center, which results into becoming a lively part of the city. City space therefore becomes an arena for different events, workshops and conferences - Slovenian culture is open to the city and its habitants.
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