The Slovenian government has launched a contest to design a landmark €19.7 million Science Centre in Ljubljana
The anonymous single-stage competition will select a team to deliver a state-of-the-art centre on a prominent 19,200m² corner site a short distance from the historic heart of the Slovenian capital.
The project – backed by the country’s Ministry of Education, Science and Sport – aims to create an interactive hub focusing on science, research, creativity and innovation. Proposals should be sustainable, future-looking, and enhance the natural setting of the site.
According to the brief, the Science Centre will be ‘a demonstration building aimed at promoting and popularising science, research, technology, innovation and learning through experiments and demonstrations of the achievements of science, economy and culture.
‘The Science Centre shall represent the interdisciplinary demonstration object and enable testing and presentation of new technological solutions or innovations, it shall be technologically advanced and innovative, a building, which will enable the placement of the latest technology and systems during and after its construction and it shall be designed as an evolving building throughout a longer period of its life cycle.’
Concepts should accommodate up to 86 staff and more than 100,000 annual visitors. An entrance hall, large central space, exhibition galleries, conference rooms, laboratories, planetarium, offices, café and restaurant will all be required.
Submissions will be judged on their architectural quality, urban design, sustainability, use of digital technologies and financial viability. Judges include Fuensanta Nieto of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and the set designer Miran Mohar.
The overall winner, to be announced in February, will receive €36,000 and the design contract. A €23,000 second prize, €14,000 third prize and three further prizes worth €7,000 each will also be awarded.
The competition languages are English and Slovenian. The deadline for submissions is 4pm local time on 20 December and physical models are due by midday local time on 9 January.
How to apply
Chamber of Architecture and the Space of Slovenia
Vegova ulica 8
Tel: +386 12420672
Fax: +386 12420672