A Sanctuary in the Embrace of Non-Space

The holy space in the urban non-space establishes a number of archetypes, positioned in a sequence throughout the built complex. The decision to use a pantheon ground floor is one of the most visible architectural-spiritual experiences in Slovenia.

Photo: Miran Kambič

Photo: Miran Kambič

The urban structure of the 20th century city is defined in its purpose and time of creation by its arterial roads; new centres – urban poles – are thus created, whether in a planned or unplanned way, on their intersections. New architecture along arterial roads is designed as a free-standing object, a symbol vying for recognisability, with no aspiration to create a continuum of the ground level or to provide space for pedestrians. In order to establish a holy place in the spaces of urban self-organisation and measuring of power – in areas intersected by arterial and ring roads, in urban spaces that have not yet achieved a quality structure, in the embrace of the contemporary urban non-space – is an extremely demanding and delicate task. Sanctuaries have never merely been self-complacent symbolic markers of space, nor have they ever been just functional premises; their architectural quality depends on the connection of the building with the qualities of the given space, even if these qualities are limited or practically non-existent.

architects: dans arhitekti:
Rok Bogataj, Miha Dešman, Eva Fišer Berlot, Vlatka Ljubanović, Katarina Pirkmajer Dešman
coworkers: Katja Gavran, Samo Radinja, Veronika Ule
landscape architecture: Mojca Balant
structural engineering: Franc Žugel
acoustics: Savo Volovšek
cost engineering: Irena Bele
client: Salesian Inspectorate and Parish St. John Bosco.
competition: Invited competition, 1. Prize
completion: 2015

The complete article is published in Summer issue of Piranesi No. 38, Summer 2016, Vol. 24.

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