The KBcenter is a new space for cultural and social interaction dedicated to the Slovenian community in Gorizia and planned by Trieste placed architectural office Waltritsch a+u. It is located in the heart of the 19th century development of the city, on the main street of the town. The centre gathers 13 organisations, dedicated to different cultural interest and age groups. Among others, a Library, two educational Institutions, The Slovenian cultural and economical Association and The Music school. The main goal is the promotion of the Slovenian cultural activity in a framework of a respectful multiethnic society.
The project consist of a functional renovation of an existing building, as well as of a new two storey building for the Library, located in the interior courtyard. The form of the new building deals with the issue of the dialogue between a historical presence and the contemporary architectural language, within the physical constriction of the historical city. The choice of the façade materials, natural wood veneered panels by Prodema and large glass surfaces, was made to favour a delicate insertion (the existing buildings are at a distance of only 5 meters). The whole building was thought as ‘a large piece of furniture which slides on the courtyard floor', in order not to break the intimacy of the courtyard self and of the garden.
All photos © Dimitri Waltritsch Architect, KBcenter and Qubik bar, Gorizia, Italy