The new Civic Centre Ig with a cottage hospital, a pharmacy, a library, and various businesses creates a lively and bustling centre of the community and makes it possible to do most daily errands in one place while meeting fellow village people. The design is based on the morphology of the village. It’s important to protect and complement the characteristically built village core, and to maintain a favourable ratio between the building density and the public space. Two buildings of different height connected by a bridge follow the street line and form a small entrance square with a lime tree. A passageway between the two buildings leads to the back premises where a green square is planed with a footpath leading further towards the municipal building and the church.
The way the roof is stretched onto the side facades connects the two buildings like a membrane, protecting their open and urban core. The materials used and the implemented detailing (the wood used for the core, the roof envelope made out of chip-coated tiles) allow the building to fit in the context of the village and the region and give voice a contemporary architectural invocation.
In collaboration with: Vanja Gregorc in Aleš Vrhovec (gregorcvrhovec)
Collaborator: Sandra Banfi
Location: Banija 4, Ig
Client: Municipality of Ig
Photo: Miran Kambič, Peter Rauch, Damjan Švarc, archive