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 enotaimage © 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 compleximage © 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 hallimage © miran kambič

image © miran kambič



project info


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



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