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EPK DRAVA 2012

maribor - SI
2010
     
     
   




   
     
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Maribor is characterized by the smoothly flowing Drava river and the red-tiled houses of the old town along the riverbank.

concept:
Floating lines define the new riverside promenades and form spaces between and along them. Spaces and areas of different sizes and levels allow a variety of uses. The constantly felt flow of the river always accompanies activities at the riverbanks.
3 links to the city
The two large open spaces of Market Place and Terrace-Park confine the old town of Maribor on both western and eastern side. Additionally Lent-Square as an important connection to the old city interrupts the line of the river promenade.
action spaces
Motion and rest on the new promenades are controlled by the floating lines. They lead as guiding elements the flows of movement without the necessity of additional barriers or other guiding elements.
   
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Lent-Promenade – space for action
Lent-Promenade on the orographic left side of the river can be considered as the most frequented part of the new promenades. It is enriched by a sequence of areas and spaces at different levels, which are connected by generous seating benches, ramps and steps. In this way the “Lent-raft” between Benetke and the Main Bridge provides accessibility to the pier and the riverbank. Its wooden pavement, the spacious sitting opportunities and its close location near the water makes it an ideal place for concerts in a special atmosphere.
Lent-Square is the connecting element between the old town and the promenade. Its stoney pavement expands over the entire width of the promenade. Functionally the square serves as junction of the surrounding public spaces and streets as well as central meeting point and gathering space in case for events and activities.
The “Tree-raft” defines and closes the space of Lent-Square south- and westwards. As an elevated wooden platform for different purposes it reaches into the square. On its west side a kiosk can be integrated.
The vinelounge next to Lent-Square will get revalued by a spacious sitting lounge.
 
 
 
At its western end Lent-promenade is marked by the tree-covered “Benetke-raft”, which as a green island emphasizes the entrance to the promenade and points to the new Maribor Art Gallery if arriving from Lent-Square. Here, the existing pavement of the Market-Place will get extended until the embankment in order to strengthen its importance as link to the city.
In the West Lent-Promenade ends at the square in front of the new art gallery. The paving from outside is continued inside the gallery. In the north a row of trees delimits the public area, southwards the square extends to the embankment where wide sitting steps lead down to the river.
The new pedestrian/bicycle bridge and the landing stage makes Tabor Square important as the centre of the right riverside. Floating lines structure the place by arranging the tree-covered relaxation space and restaurant garden and defining the area for pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the centre of the square as well.
The pier and the bridgehead form as “Tabor-raft” a large new unit at the embankment. Here, sitting steps underneath trees allow a comfortable waiting and resting.
In Taborska Road a centrically floating line with road drainage function leads up to Ruska Street.
For both Tabor Square and Taborska Road the same paving as for lent-Promenade is planned.
 
03 The eastern entrance to Lent-Promenade is designed as a green park, which offers a tranquil accsess from the city to the river promenade. In the Terrace-Park low seat walls and rows of trees invite the visitors to linger and enjoy the attractive views of Jewish Tower and Drava river with the old Water Tower in front of it.
Here, the formerly existing Watergate will be made conscious again by the design of two large shallow water basins which stage this oldest part of the city wall and simultaneously provide refreshment for visitors and an attractive children’s play element.
     
 
The floating lines as lead element of the project are designed as sitting and lying elements, bike stands, flush floor lines, walls, etc. They are made of high quality concrete elements. Their bright colour plays with the aspect of the old town houses and their soft shape makes them to be user-friendly and conform to the historical ambience.
For the paving of the promenades a cement-bound surface with local gravel is proposed, the concrete additive is reminiscent of the colour of the roofs.
Lent-Square is paved with stone slabs laid in strips, whereas Lent and Tree raft both have wooden inlays.
     
The eastern entrance to Lent-Promenade is designed as a green park, which offers a tranquil accsess from the city to the river promenade. In the Terrace-Park low seat walls and rows of trees invite the visitors to linger and enjoy the attractive views of Jewish Tower and Drava river with the old Water Tower in front of it.
Here, the formerly existing Watergate will be made conscious again by the design of two large shallow water basins which stage this oldest part of the city wall and simultaneously provide refreshment for visitors and an attractive children’s play element.
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