Cukrarna Contemporary Art Space / Scapelab

Cukrarna Contemporary Art Space / Scapelab

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  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    1870 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2021


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Text description provided by the architects. Cukrarna is a former sugar refinery, built in 1828 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. During its two hundred year history it was a sugar refinery, destroyed in a catastrophic fire, and later a tobacco factory, textile factory, military barracks and homeless shelter. It was also a temporary residence for many poets and writers of Slovenia’s modern period, which was key to establishing Slovenia as an independent nation. Due to its significance as a monument of 19th century industry, it has been listed as a protected building, and due to its rich history, it is firmly embedded in the unconscious of Slovenian nations as a cultural symbol.

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In 2009, the Municipality of the City of Ljubljana organized an international competition to find the best proposal for the renovation of this national monument. Scapelab won the competition with the key idea of ​​cutting out all the internal structures of the building, preserving only the historic envelope and converting the building into a multifunctional space for contemporary art.

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Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan

The ground floor is an extension of the urban public space, accessible to all, free of charge. Upon entering, the visitor becomes aware of the gargantuan dimensions of the former factory. The gallery volumes, designed as “white cube” galleries, levitate above the ground floor, suspended from the metal framework of the roof. They are separated from the historic envelope by a visible space and are wrapped in a perforated and smooth metallic skin, contrasting with the concrete walls of the historic envelope.

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The perforated skin is an aesthetic device, visibly marking the new volumes – but also a functional element. It is an acoustic damper, reducing reverberation, which makes it possible to organize concerts in the main hall; it is also a lighting fixture and HVAC distribution system.

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The building has a newly excavated basement, which houses a space dedicated to performance art, lockers, technical spaces and exhibition preparation workshops. The gallery bar is designed as a soundstage, becoming a jazz club and live music venue in the evenings.

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The gallery spaces are designed as “white cube” galleries of varying proportions. In key positions, the gallery spaces are transparent, showing visitors new perspectives of interior space. Part of the gallery spaces are also dedicated to education, conferences and children’s workshops.

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The New Cukrarna represents a revolutionary new space in the cultural infrastructure of the city of Ljubljana. It is an urban attractor on the outskirts of the city center, regenerating an old urban district that was left fallow. He builds his image and aesthetic on his rich industrial heritage, working with simple materials and using repetition as a metaphor for the industrial revolution. This industrial choice of materials and visual language is carefully reworked as a floating composition of volumes, drawing inspiration from the rich cultural history of the poets who once resided here, to provide a platform for artists of the future.


Christopher S. Washington