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Novo Mesto Central Market




100,000,300,000 sq. feet
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Project Description

Novo mesto central market lies in
the very centre of the historical town core in the immediate vicinity of the
main town square. Despite this, it feels somewhat removed today, being
separated by its level and oriented towards the low-quality city space of
Florjanov Square. Therefore, one of the basic guidelines for siting the new
central market into the space must be to create the best possible entrance from
main square. The biggest problem to be encountered here is precisely the difference
in height between the levels of main square and that of the existing entrance
to the central market, which measures roughly one floor. To overcome it,
pedestrians have to make a large detour, which adds considerable distance to
their route.
The backbone of the new central
market is formed by the covered Market Street, which lies on the level of main
city square and connects the two spots closest to it on both access streets.
The programme of the new central market is thus divided into two floors, one on
the level of main square and the other on the level of Florjanov Square on the
other side of the city block. The lower floor is partially dug in and features
indoor trading and service surfaces, while the upper floor is intended for the
covered market and opens to all sides. Since the level of the new covered
street is level with main square, it is possible to connect the two in the
future by means of the programme within the city block. By establishing the
connection through the arcade on the ground floor, the currently neglected and
poorly accessible basement surfaces inside the city block become interesting
for public or commercial programme.
Above the
terrain, the uniform building volume terminates the city block. In doing so, it
also clearly delineates the edge of Florjanov Square, thus restoring its former
character. The curved longer side of the new building connects the spatially
shifted lines of the surrounding buildings in a simple manner. At the same
time, its arching enables the widening of the existing bottleneck and an
unobstructed flow of traffic across the square. The building elements reference
the immediate surroundings - the roof is multi-gabled, and the facade is
designed with arched elements whose design ties the new building together with
the layout of main city square. With such a facade in the direction of
Florjanov Square, the market functions as a town loggia and, together with the
square, forms a distinctive new city space.
The arch,
which is transferred from the facade also to the interior, acts also as the
main construction element; its slender construction enables the rational
creation of a singular covered space and at the same time produces an
interesting interplay of light and shadows on the interior surfaces. Since the spaces
are not heated, the construction of the surface part of the building is as
simplified as possible. The walls are made of monolithic polished and
impregnated concrete, which ensures bearing capacity and protection against
humidity and precipitation in a single layer.Even though the square is
divided by traffic, the design of the square is treated as a unit. There are
circular multi-purpose urban elements placed on either side of the road. Each
element consists of a curved concrete bench, an eccentrically placed tree
offering shade and protection against the elements, and a paved inner space.
Unlike the whole surface of the square, which is slightly tilted, the latter
space is horizontal. Most of the time, these urban islands are intended for
socialising and hanging around; on market days, however, they are used for
open-air trading. The square's surface being inclined, they can also serve as
an amphitheatre for the audience attending events taking place in front of the
market's picturesque facade.
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