Barcode Architects
Bureau for Architecture
and Contemporary Design

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY LJUBLJANA

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UNIVERSITY LIBRARY LJUBLJANA

In 2012, Barcode Architects participated in the competition for the new National University Library of Slovenia in Ljubljana. Given an extremely complicated site and program, we responded to this question with an iconic symbol standing for diversity, progress and optimism for the people of Ljubljana. By protecting the ancient Roman ruins of Emona, revealing the excellent academic achievements of Slovenia, and connecting with a rich urban condition, the project harmonizes a new and ambitious monument with a historical urban and cultural context.

Location

Ljublijana, Slovenia

Client

NUK

Year

2012

Status

Competition

Size

20.000m²

Category

Education

Collaborators

ABT (structure, MEP, sustainability)

Team
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Dirk Peters, Caro van de Venne, Philip Vandermey, Hendrik Bloem, Albert Dijk, Michiel van Loon, Pedro Pitarch, Jon Garbizu

Our design marks a radical shift from the traditional library structure. The building provides a public and open visitor experience, by framing public spaces between the service layers of storage, work area’s and technical equipment. There are multiple public routes designed to cut through these service layers and visitors are provided with views into the functional components of the library. The highlight of the routing are the two roof terraces with a breathtaking view over the famous Ljubljana castle, the roofscape of the city and the Slovenian mountains beyond.