Jun '10 - Jul '10
Ljubljana, Slovenia_ Gas Station
Architect: Milan Mihelič
This little intervention was at one point an active gas station, but today just sits, tucked in the corner of a curved section of the street, surrounded by two much larger buildings. The ornate flowering of the column is hardly experienced from the street. You must come to the structure to witness the beautiful underbelly of the roof.
The red and white coats of paint illuminate the ceiling and reveal the subtle slippage of the canopy above the thin bar of functional space. Imagine being welcomed by this when you pulled into a gas station!
Today, in this context, the distressed details and the faded pallet of an aging city absorb the pavilion into a grim alcove of shaded parking. What do the cards have in store for a used petrol station?
View across the street towards the station.
Moving closer to the station from the adjacent building complex.
Underneath the canopy.
Detail of the column.
Detail of the column looking up.
Deatil of ceiling slipping above the small structure.
This research is driven to uncover and examine the idiosyncrasies of the architecture that grew out of social modernism in Yugoslavia in the 60s and 70s. Through my travels to the Ex-Yugoslav republics, I will investigate the ways in which these characteristics are informed, urbanistically and architecturally, by the historical, social and –above all- built domain of the preceding decades in Yugoslavia.