ALEJA shopping center Slovenia, Ljubljana Retail, Shops, Architecture Photos
ALEJA shopping center Ljubljana
post updated 1 October 2021
Design: ATP architects engineers
ALEJA District and Shopping Center in Ljubljana, integrally designed with BIM by ATP
ALEJA Wins the Global RLI Award
District and shopping center
ALEJA integrates the genius loci of the city into its modern, highly-functional retail architecture. The interior invokes the urban-poetic charm of the historic center of Ljubljana, while the form and the elevations are inspired by the city’s heraldic animal.
With its diamond-shaped shingles of metal and colored glass, the façade recalls the skin of a dragon, as well as meeting ambitious targets in terms of lighting technology and energy efficiency. The 6,200 m2 leisure, sports, and recreation area and the trendy food court offer a spectacular range of experiences and offer public space back to the district of Šiška.
“Retail centers will only have a future if they become part of the city,” says the architect Philipp Pfister, ATP’s Lead Project Manager, explaining the concept. “At ALEJA, we succeeded in combining highly-efficient retail architecture with the beauty of the city and merging this with the notion of the urban district to create a multifunctional meeting place with a high-quality visitor experience.”
About the award
The Global RLI (Retail & Leisure International) Awards have been presented to visionary projects in the retail and leisure fields for 16 years. This year, the international jury is honoring shopping and leisure destinations in 13 categories, all around the world. In awarding the prize, the jurors pay particular attention to a high level of service, a broad range of attractions, excellent design, and the creation of an appropriate shopping experience for all visitors.
The awards were presented on 23rd September during a hybrid event consisting of a live ceremony in London and an online broadcast.
Previously on e-architect
10 September 2021
ICONIC AWARD for ALEJA shopping center
District and shopping center in Ljubljana
This is the fifth year in which the prestigious Prize for Innovative Architectural Achievement has been awarded to a project that was integrally designed by ATP. “We are particularly delighted by this recognition of ALEJA,” says ATP’s Lead Project Manager, the architect Philipp Pfister, “because it shows that experience-oriented retail architecture and a highly-efficient, sustainable approach to building can complement each other perfectly.” ALEJA was completed during lockdown in early 2020 and successfully opened last summer.
The highly- functional architecture with its façade of diamond-shaped shingles made from metal and colored glass – a homage to the heraldic dragon of Ljubljana – meets ambitious aesthetic, lighting, and energy targets.
A spectacular 6,200 m2 world of adventure for leisure, sporting, and recreational activities on the roof of and around the center offer a lot of space to the public realm.
16 Sep 2020
ALEJA shopping center
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
ALEJA, Ljubljana – A World of Experience with the Skin of a Dragon
The powerful and rigorously realized concept of ALEJA shopping center in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, which was integrally designed with BIM by ATP, has created the perfect platform for around 80 shops.
And with its rooftop leisure, sporting, and recreational zone and trendy food court the building, which is innovative in both technical and architectural terms, also gives space back to the city.
A design concept under the sign of the dragon
Slovenia’s most state-of-the-art shopping center can be read as a homage to the city of Ljubljana, because the architectural highpoint of the elongated building is its façade: diamond-shaped stainless steel tiles imitate the scales of the dragon – the heraldic animal of Ljubljana.
These shimmer in a range of tones and finishes and dynamically alter the appearance of the expressive building envelope with each glance, step, and change in the weather.
The use of the latest design technology enables this high-quality retail architecture to continue throughout ALEJA, inside and out. The district center has two basements, a ground floor, and two upper floors.
The mall is finished with high-quality materials such as natural stone and is flooded with daylight. Areas of planting, water games, fountains, and places to sit and rest awhile turn the center into a dynamic urban square for all its visitors.
Energy-efficient and sustainable
The selection of the glazing and other surface materials pays close attention to the twin requirements of minimizing energy loss to the outside and excess heat gain to the inside, which would naturally lead to inflated heating and cooling requirements.
And the rhythm of open, semi-open, and closed elements in the diamond-shaped glazed and tiled structure of the façade is responsible for an additional experiential effect: When the sun shines into the building or clouds pass by, dramatic shadowy patterns appear on the floor.
ALEJA Ljubljana shopping center, Slovenia images / information from ATP Architects Engineers
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia, southeastern Europe
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