Mentor: izr. prof. mag. Tadej Glažar

Faculty: Faculty of Architecture Ljubljana

Year: 2014

The Recycling factory is located in the Savsko naselje area of Ljubljana. A part of it stands next to a number of compact standard garages, while the other part is located on a children’s playground, easily accessible from all sides.

The look of the recycling factory is inspired by the industrial part of the building, paraphrasing the image of huge chimneys. The building is divided into the heart of the building, the sorting room in the basement and the system of thematic programmes, linked with the service cores on the ground floor.

Joint workshops  and the other programmes taking place on the ground floor and the upper floors enable visitors a chance to recycle paper on their own and reuse it in various ways. Special emphasis is put on the integration of the youth, who builds and promotes the idea of the project in the area, as well as the elderly, who are given the opportunity to work and pass their knowledge on the next generations.

The concept of the recycling factory is searching for innovative solutions to the everyday problems of waste and unemployment. At the same time it also links an industrial programme with the playground, workshops and  facilities for start up companies. The recycling factory is a social enterprise, which employs locals, who produce notebooks for schools and kindergartens in the Savsko naselje area and wider surroundings.

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The complete article is published in Winter issue of Piranesi No. 37, Vol. 23

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