Seed of a New Local Centre

Autori: Bevk Perović arhitekti



The Ljubljana Islamic religious and cultural centre is located in the space with no programme structure, spatial character or clear future. The choice of the project location is a result of the compromise that occurred in the moment when it was necessary to find a location for the mosque and other accompanying Islamic community programmes.

The compromise location is a triangular site between a railway, with its accompanying facilities, and spacious surfaces, partially filled with low buildings of unspecified use, which will be occupied by additional construction in the future. Such a situation, combined with a significant variety of programme, can often result in a compromised project. However, the fact that the future Islamic centre will be located in a non-place[1] was a gift to the authors of the winning proposal. The architects used the absence of spatial qualities and urban planning determinants to create a project that functions on its own, like an autonomous loner in an undefined and degraded environment. The project defines its (micro)urban plan, and a clear programme articulation with all the architectural and landscape increments, resulting in a complex world that establishes a system of new public spaces with a strong character. Today, the complex of the Islamic centre seems like an autonomous island in the degraded area, but it also represents the first impulse for the regeneration of the environment that can later serve as a basis for new construction.

The architects divided programme complexes into separated buildings that create tissue in the form of a small-scale urban plan. The subdivision of an unusual form resulted in a morphology that evokes the urban fabric. Along the site edges, three buildings with accompanying programmes have been placed – one with apartments and a kindergarten, one with a religious school, and one containing offices and spaces devoted to cultural activities. The mosque, with its ritual washing space, and the minaret act as independent buildings