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Soca Printing House

Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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This is an example of an industrial building exhibiting a great feeling for correspondence between the interior, workers in the plant, and exterior with the adjacent greenery. The late 1970s were a time of contradicting Modernism, which brought architecture a new ideology, forms and solutions. Sever was familiar with these novelties but remainded faithful to the aesthetics he was developing under the influence of the Ljubljana School of Architecture.

The Printing House is thus a typical example of Sever`s industrial achitecture with a rational plan, emphasised structure and original details - skylights, but introduces the novelty of "non-linear" volumes and a strong correspondence between the interior and the exterior. The Soca Printing House was planned as a single double-height area (a precondition for carrying out printing activities), but gained a special effect by the different lengths of the individual sections. This feature brought special qualities to the building (quality side-illumination, separation of different programmes, functional links, flexibility etc). The structure of the concrete piers with a spacing of 15 x 15 metres creates a vast interior and flexibility. In the first section, the space is divided into two storeys (offices and a dinning hall on the upper storey, a shop and entrance on the ground floor), while two additional storeys could optionally be added to the whole area.

The flat roof is interrupted by massive fittings for air-conditioners and skylights. The rhythmical volume is a specific feature of this industrial building, which also incorporates into the central urban area of Nova Gorica, in particular with the bottom belt being designed as a flowerpot.

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piagroleger, November 8th, 2020
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