david TAJCHMAN: Slovenian lacework tradition-The external envelope uses a pattern shown in various treatments. Perforated, it works as a brise-soleil and filters natural light for exhibitions spaces. On grounds the same pattern is used but in relief, making surfaces non-slippery, especially on the walkable roof. The perforated material is also used in ceilings to hide artificial lighting and technical elements like air-conditioning and ventilation systems. The pixelated pattern is also used for signage in the entire museum.
What makes Maribor’s specificity is its roofscape. And because of the hilly character of its surroundings, the roofs participate to the general perception of the city, as well as the buildings vertical walls. The project is directly inspired by this perception, showing a fragmented carapace on roofs, facades and ceilings of external covered spaces. Like a stealth, the project is inserted in the city in direct visual and morphological relation with its context.
The inclined condition of the Museum site has driven the project implementation and organization. Elevating the museum galleries at level one offers a covered public space on ground floor, and allows a ramp connection from the upper side to the roof of the project. The museum is thus accessible from the river and the elevated back side of the site. Learning from Maribor urban organization along the Drava, the project operates by gradually going up or down volumetrically. A staircase crossing and supporting the entire museum complex is the key point of the proposal, working as a daily city room.
A strategic situation for arts
Maribor is well located, at the crosspoint of Alps, Adriatic and Balkans. Venice, Vienna, Graz or Budapest are all at a close distance by car or by train from Maribor, which means that the New Maribor Art Gallery will be part of an Eastern network of Art cities. Being the second largest city of Slovenia, Maribor will be with the new Museum-Gallery institution more attractive. And with the 2012 European Capital label, the short distance from other big museum cities, visitors and tourists will probably stop by Maribor.
Autonomous program elements
The New Museum Gallery gathers various program elements with different scheduled activities and hours of opening. Every elements of program has its own external access. The ground floor and second floor are freely accessible from outside, permitting direct independent access and different scheduled openings.Part of the urban potential exploitation, the ground floor elements contribute to animate this part of the Drava bank, while the second floor located activities contribute to attract people on the roof-belvedere like, offering views on Maribor’s fifth facade.