Library Grosuplje

With the new library, we want to create the spiritual and intellectual centre of the town. The existing house with a rich country-style interior decoration – now a wedding hall – serves as our starting point. We wish to stay true to the spirit of the proud market town architecture, which is embodied in this interior. This is therefore a symbolic act of culture, a gift built by the municipality for its town and its people.In the urban space of Adamičeva Road, the key role of Koščak House is retained. Its backyard is the intended location of the new addition to the library. We propose that there should be a passageway between the existing library building and the new one, and that the two should be connected by a bridge on the upper floor. The passageway is made into a differentiated public space. One part of it is intended as the entrance into the library and the other as an outdoor cafe with a lowered atrium and the entrance to the basement next to it. The axis determined by the entrance continues through the house and across the passageway, on into the new building, where it’s defined by the gallery staircase and the skylight. The new building repeats the old one’s facade line on the ground floor, while on the on the upper floor, the line is exceeded by the overhangs.

Project team: Rok Bogataj, Miha Dešman, Eva Fišer Berlot, Vlatka Ljubanović, Katarina Pirkmajer Dešman, Vladimir Ristić

Location: Grosuplje

Client: Občina Grosuplje/Municipality of Grosuplje

Competition: 2007

2nd prize