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sadar vuga architects: sports park stozice, ljubljana, slovenia
jul 27, 2009
sadar vuga architects: sports park stozice, ljubljana, slovenia


sports park stozice in ljubljana, slovenia by sadar vuga architects
image courtesy sadar vuga architects

sadar vuga architects have designed sports park stozice in ljubljana, slovenia, which
integrates a football stadium and a multi-purpose sports hall with a big shopping centre,
covered by the artificial landscape of the recreational park.

the sports hall and the football stadium, together with the big monolithic, prism-shaped
residential towers of the bs3 neighbourhood, the world trade centre and smelt buildings
on the west side, and the forest island on the east side, create a cluster of recognisable
iconic structures of the north-eastern entrance into the city. the two storeys of the shopping
centre and the interior car park fill the 12-metre deep disused gravel pit. the park that covers
the roof of the shopping centre continues the natural landscape across the northern section
of the outer ring road with the green urban space all the way to the city centre. the entire
newly-built premises are integrated into the site, emphasising the horizontal, planar
character of the open space. the stadium and sports hall buildings frame the view of the alps
towards the north, and the castle hill and city centre towers towards the south.


sports park stozice in ljubljana, slovenia
image courtesy sadar vuga architects

the plateau of the park is pierced by vertical connections of accesses from the lower
car parks, ventilation shafts, and light wells belonging to the shopping centre. the big
central atrium with its pavilions represent the main access point to the shopping centre’s
two floors. the position and size of these vertical connections, together with the microtopography, greenery and paving, determine the various micro-ambients and give the park its special
character of a hybrid open urban space, where the natural intervenes with the artificial,
the digital with the analogue, the noisy with the quiet, and the full with the empty.


sports park stozice – sports hall
image courtesy sadar vuga architects

the sports hall for 12,000 spectators is located in the north-western part of the park.
the four levels of concourses and the lower, vip, and upper stands are covered by a
shell-shaped dome. the park’s plateau, the edge of the shell scallops and opens towards
the interior. the ridges continue all the way to the top, where the facade meets the dome.
this outlines the shape of the hall, a shell that opens towards the perimeter with large
crescent openings overlooking the park. along the entire perimeter, there is a canopy
encircling the hall, acting as a derivative to the scalloped shell. like the stadium, the entire
shell of the hall is also finished in exterior cladding that changes colour depending on
the exterior conditions and viewing distance.


sports park stozice – stadium
image courtesy sadar vuga architects


sports park stozice – stadium
image courtesy sadar vuga architects


sports park stozice – construction
image courtesy sadar vuga architects

the opening date of the first phase is summer 2010

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