sculptural traffic circle by enota, slovenia
sculptural traffic circle by enota, slovenia sculptural traffic circle by enota, slovenia
feb 08, 2013
sculptural traffic circle by enota, slovenia

‘podcetrtek traffic circle’ by enota
image © miran kambič




the ‘podčetrtek traffic circle’ by enota is built on a regional road between an open-air municipal sports hall and thermal spa complex. while primarily intended to
slow down the traffic, the roundabout serves to connect the two buildings. the island-like traffic circle references the appearance of both facilities and marks the entrance points to visitors of either program centers. sculptural, dark concrete blocks allude to the design the monolithic volume of the sports hall while the play of light on the irregularly arranged composition of surface corresponds to the expression of the hall’s folded volume. the inner layout of the roundabout suggests that a tectonic shift beneath the Earth’s surface caused the road surface to bloat and belch out the massive forms. in combination with the water, which sporadically rises to the surface between the clefts, the landscape-like form also evoke the spa complex. flitting between man-made form and geyser-strewn basalt strata, the roundabout is both elegantly functional and aesthetically unifying.

a view toward the spa complex
image © miran kambič

concept diagram
image © miran kambič

close up of the darkened concrete forms
image © miran kambič

water moves between the forms
image © miran kambič

image © miran kambič

image © miran kambič


the sculptural traffic circle recalls a tectonically shifted landscape
image © miran kambič

the light play of the sunset recalls the sports hall
image © miran kambič

image © miran kambič



project info


project: podčetrtek traffic circle
use: public
completed: 2012
size: 380 m2
client: terme olimia
location: podčetrtek, slovenia
architecture: enota
collaborators: dean lah, milan tomac, alja cerne, tjaž bauer



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