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Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The ZRC SAZU building is located on the edge of the hilly landscape, the edge of the settlement, the edge of the marshes, the edge of the fields and the edge of the forest. The architecture design is based on the dynamics of the open and closed surfaces, the vertical and horizontal joints, the translucent and opaque planes that form the building wrap and play with directing views of the landscape. The facades of the building are large, transparent windows, framed in a solid passepartout that frames the building mass. Part of the façade wrap is made of clay. Packed clay construction is presented as a vernacular element. Bird nests in the clay facade walls will allow bird populations to be monitored and their ecology explored.


Project information

Location of the project:
Zagorica 20, Ig
Year of completion:
2100 m2
Znanstveno raziskovalni center - SAZU
Accesible for people with mobility impairments.


Main architect / Office:
Styria arhitektura d.o.o.
David Mišič, Sašo Žolek, Styria arhitektura d.o.o., Metod Prijatelj
Miran Kambič
Main contractor:
VG5 d.o.o.
Other contractors and suppliers:

Alfa Natura d.o.o. (Construction)

Sto Podružnica Ljubljana, FIBRAN d. o. o. (Facades and insulation)

Proko d.o.o. (Mechanical installations)

Grant d.o.o. (Construction engineering)

Maton d.o.o. (Windows, doors)

Eko stil d.o.o. (Flooring)

Zumtobel d.o.o. (Lighting)

Gnezdo d.o.o. (Building materials)

Styria arhitektura d.o.o. – references

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