PAVILION ON LJUBLJANICA - C, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Completion, 2007
PROJECT:PAVILION ON LJUBLJANICA
SOURCE:PROJECT COMMISSION
CLIENT:LJUBLJANA TOURISM AND THE MUNICIPALITY OF THE CITY OF LJUBLJANA
SITE:PETKOVŠKOVO RIVER BANK, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
AUTHOR:BREDA BIZJAK
EXECUTOR:IMKO PROJEKT D.O.O.
DATE:DECEMBER 2007

Until this intervention river Ljubljanica was physically and programmatically separated from the city ground floor for decades. This project is the first spatial intervention after 1930-ties that tends to connect the street level with the river. The last embankment projects which moderated the steap concrete river banks and thus enabled accesses to the river were the ones of architect Plečnik. Petkovskovo embankment is the last »green« river bank providing easy connection of the street and the river level with gentle slope of the terrain.

The spatial intervention on Petkovskovo embankment is a temporary public space created as a element of urban equipment. The goal of the project is to activate the ambiences around the river Ljubljanica and to research the response of the visitors with concrete example. This water pavilion is meant for periodic cultural events and for all citizens and visitors of Ljubljana who want to spend their leisure time by the river. The most popular is the »Library under the treetop« which enables the visitors to read in quietness enjoing the view of the river under the green roof of the pavilion.

Montage construction, composed of six steel beams, unites several particular elements – the bench, the fence, the platform and the roof. Formally, the shape of the pavilion is adjusted to the site's terrain configuration and with precise positioning it enables undisturbed views from street level toward market on the other side of the river. The steel structure alone doesn't determine the final image of the ambience; it will be concluded with the Virginia creeper plant which will gradually overgrow the construction and create a green or red cloud over the river.