Currently a large parking area for residents and visitors
of Slovene seaside town Piran, the site is characterized by
its elongated shape and narrow northern and southern mouths.
At its widest, it measures 60 meters. The existing buildings
on its northern edge form a nice arc shape, but have no protection
from the summer sun. To counter that and ensure an optimal
urban effect, the concept introduces two promenades: a shady
and a sunny one. Shady promenade, a double line of plane trees,
also comprises car and bicycle access. It provides a pleasant
urban ambient next to the existing buildings in the summer,
at the same time it diverts all traffic away from the seaside.
In winter, softer sunlight can warm the buildings behind through
leafless trees. Sunny promenade changes its function according
to season: in the summer, its forms the axis of beach activities,
in the winter, most of the pedestrian traffic diverts here.
The area between the promenades is conceived as a dynamic
series of slanted grass-covered triangular fields, connected
by a grid of paths. In the summer, most of them serve as public
beach, in winter as a public park. A large playground is arranged
in the northern part. Along the shore, a series of wooden
piers are connected by a gravel beach for comfortable sea
access, leading to a small local port in the southern part
of the site. The gaps in existing row of buildings are filled
with a small three volume hotel in the north and a mixed use
building in the south. In the middle, a new square serves
as access to the park house in the back. The northern edge
of the site comprises a park, a residents parking area and
a marine research and education centre.