Jesenice Administrative Centre is part of the Ministry of
Public Administration project which aims to combine all state
administrative functions (administrative unit, tax administration,
surveying and mapping authority, inspectors and examination
centre) in a single building. The Centre is situated at a
central location of Jesenice, next to the municipality building,
directly addressing a large roundabout with a steel worker
memorial at its centre. All offices are organized around an
interior atrium with connecting bridges and natural illumination,
the attractive shape and friendly atrium illumination works
to remove a stigma too often associated with state offices.
Atrium connects all the state functions into a single system,
thus the visitor can perceive the state as a single function.
The outer skin of the building establishes a dialogue with
the steel-manufacturing industrial tradition of Jesenice.
Even today, many of the houses in town are red - rusty, and
the facade of the administrative centre is rusty indeed due
to its Corten skin. A pulsing rhythm of facade openings creates
a horizontal dynamics, establishing a dialogue with dynamics
of the traffic. Natural light, natural ventilation, spontaneous
transition of spaces are elements that create optimal working
conditions for employees as well. By using efficient Corten
panel shades, use of quality window systems and good thermal
insulation we created a inert energy system which will ensure
very low running costs. Facade system filters the aggressive
contrast light into a softer diffuse light, thus encouraging
use of natural light throughout the day. Building remains
open into the environment while at the same time unobtrusively
filtering everything that affects the wellbeing of its users.
In its functioning, it puts users first: a satisfied user
will be the best proof that including user comfort and providing
a healthy working environment into a sustainable investment
behaviour is worth it.