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Joze Moskric Printing House

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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The Joze Moskric Printing House was designed so as to merge with the urban environment at the intersection of Zaloska and Kajuhova street. A low building was foreseen for this area, which was not to stand out from other buildings along this main street, while at the same time corresponding to the nearby residential area called Selo. In addition, the technological characteristics of printing processes had to be taken into account.

The whole technological process is organised on the same level. The reinforced concrete structure allows flexibility in arranging individual printing plants, and the architect considered this to be the building`s main quality. The primary supports have a span of 14.4 metres (4 x 3.6 metres). Secondary supports with an axis spanning of 18 metres have the form of concrete supporting blocks. Most of the building has no basement, with the three-level concept (basement, ground floor and first storey) being deployed only on the entrance side facing Kajuhova street. However, the concept foresees the possibility of the subsequent creation of a basement (all main load-bearing supports extend into the basement) and adding of one storey.

The concrete blocks on the roof providing ventilation for the interior rooms are a specific feature of this printing house. In between these blocks there are linear skylights. The facade is divided into planes and is not structured. Overhanging concrete elements on the roof are the most exposed motive. A parapet is formed as a flowerpot and extends into a hedge. The facade overlooking the street is monotonous with transparent window surfaces softening the industrial character of this building in an urban enviroment.

Even thought the building could be used for diverse program they decided to demolish it soon after Savin Sever died in 2003.