This flowing mixed-use building wrapped in an intricate metal mesh was recently approved for construction in Slovenia's Ljubljana City Center. The metal mesh is impregnated with organic material that springs to life in the warm seasons, covering the sides of the building with flowers and greenery. Designed by OFIS Arhitekti for a busy pedestrian street in the center of the city, the Shopping Pillow Terraces also include a pedestrian passage into a public park behind the building.
The seven story mixed-use building includes four levels of boutiques and three terraced levels of residential apartments. On the park side, the building sweeps down to meet the level of other historical buildings, but then rises on one side to meet the height of the Post Office extension on the corner. One whole floor of shopping is located underground, while the entrance from the pedestrian street is on the third level and the park entrance is on the second.
Terraces are created by curving back each level in an organic fashion to create patios and decks for shoppers, a cafe, and residential patios on the top levels. The organic mesh wraps the edges of each level, softening and greening the appearance of the building, which changes with the seasons. A three-story atrium in the top floors pulls natural daylight in from the roof down through the levels of apartments. Construction on the mixed-use development is expected to start in 2011 now that they have approval from the city of Ljubljana.