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Podčetrtek Traffic Circle, Slovenia / by ENOTA

 

Podčetrtek Traffic Circle, Slovenia / by  ENOTA
© Miran Kambič

The Podčetrtek Traffic Circle is built on a regional road located between the municipal sports hall with open-air sports grounds on one side and a spa centre with numerous swimming pools and hotels on the other side. It is primarily intended to slow down the traffic in this consequently very busy area as the main accesses to both complexes also connect to the traffic circle. The design of the roundabout’s central island thus references the appearance of both facilities and marks the entrance points to the destinations of the visitors to either of the programme centers.

Podčetrtek Traffic Circle, Slovenia / by  ENOTA
© Miran Kambič

The large, dark concrete blocks allude to the design the monolithic volume of the sports hall. The play of light on the irregular arrangement of the elements forms a composition of surfaces, which corresponds to the expression of the hall’s folded volume. The layout of the inner part of the roundabout as a whole suggests a tectonic shift somewhere beneath the Earth’s surface having caused the road surface to bloat and belched out the massive blocks. In combination with the water, which sporadically rises to the surface between the clefts, it is somewhat reminiscent of geyser-strewn basalt strata, its appearance thus also evoking the spa complex.

Podčetrtek Traffic Circle, Slovenia / by  ENOTA
© Miran Kambič

project Podčetrtek Traffic Circle
type commission
year 2012
status completed 2012

size 380 m2
budget 33.000 EUR
client Terme Olimia
location Podčetrtek, Slovenia

architecture ENOTA
project team Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Alja Černe, Tjaž Bauer

photo Miran Kambič

Web: www.enota.si

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Podčetrtek Traffic Circle, Slovenia / by ENOTA