North Gate is located at the entrance to the north-eastern part of the City Domzale. It is located at the crossroad of the old main road connecting Ljubljana and Maribor. It is overlooking the Alps and in close proximity of "green axis", cultivated park in the east, central location (near shopping centers and school). This area is one of the most attractive and the most important city-building locations. It is the location which with its corners such as geometric programming articulates - provides space center (the space inside and outside the city).
The main measure of design are views which open towards the mountains and the ambiance of the existing green spaces and attractive species of trees. The new facility is formed by a perforation (removal of individual segments) volume, raising the horizon in the plane of the green roof as an extension of the park over which the magnificent views of the Alps shows. The house framing views of nature becomes a window. The second principle is a combination of green spaces and built structures. The house becomes a park, and vice versa. The atrium's which serve as an extension of the interior become part of the existing park - green system. The geometry of the new building development follows the contours of the building adjacent structures, the geometry of roads and streets. Vertical articulation follows the contours of the adjacent commercial and residential buildings.
The facility is on the south side height adjusts existing volume. It develops green flat roof - garden. On the north side of the building follows the contours of the shopping center and rhythm of houses, including spaces.
Author: Benjamin Hafner
Client: City of Domžale
Size: 2.600 m2 ground floor
Location: Domžale, Slovenia
Year: April 2012