Central square
Maribor
Slovenia
2021

 

Status: 
built
Project: 
2018-2019
Realization: 
2020
Maribor, Slovenia
Client: 
Maribor municipality
Sourse: 
competition, 1st prize
Type: 
public
Project team: 
Aleš Žnidaršič
Katja Žlajpah
Damjan Černe
Andreja Černe Zapušek
Vesna Vraničar
Photo
© Miran Kambič
Photo
© Andrej Petelinšek, Večer

The area of the Central square represents an absolute value of wider significance, which is integrated with the peripheral areas of the streets into a closed urban parterre of enviable dimensions. The shape of the square is defined by octagonal moduls and the multiplication of which creates a limited matrix of a larger scale. All the surfaces are unified by the common  use of granite cubes, with an emphasis on reuse of the existing material. The edge of the octagons is highlighted by the white passe-partout all around them. On the edge, there is a centrally positioned water element which represents the focus of the market.The tall candelabra lamps on the southern edge of the square give the space a new, elegant height and act as a counterweight to the majestic palaces on the other side. In doing so, they emphasize the representative role and importance of the square in the urban context.