office building petrol

The new petrol office building is a hybrid urban project – combination of square, park, long pavilion and the tower, coexistence of compactness and openness.

office building petrol

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competition entry
client: Petrol d.d.
total floor area: 45000 m2

project: 2019

Bevk Perović project team:
Matija Bevk
Vasa J. Perović
Samo Bojnec
Kaja Stopar
Vid Tancer
Valentin Tribušon
Mitja Usenik

The new Petrol office building is a hybrid urban project of various dimensions, perceptually very noticeable and at the same time in touch with human scale, it is a combination of compactness and openness.

Rather than creating (allowed) two vertical landmarks, it creates only one, and at the same time a lot of open space, paved and green. The new tower is neither in the north nor in the south. It is placed in the key middle, in dialogue with the low entrance pavilion of the Plečnik’s Stadium, in dialogue with the new square and new park, in dialogue with the city.

It leaves an open space in front of it and behind it – the square. Inside it creates a vertically connected atrium – the social space of the building. On its eastern side, however, a defined contrast remains – an urban park – green, full of various programs, connected to the Petrol building along its entire length and at the same time part of the urban area.

The central atrium and the strip of work spaces that spiral around the atrium are the basic spatial principles that organize the entire vertical design of the building.

The central atrium is a vertical connecting element, lit from above and from the side, it is the carrier of social platforms that cascade through the atrium. They enable employees to have a clear spatial orientation and a sense of connection and equality across all floors. The atrium is the heart of social life – it is a place for meetings, breaks, informal work and interaction of employees.

The strip of workspaces wraps around the perimeter of the building around the central atrium so that each floor creates a connection to the next floor once. Three different forms of work spaces (closed offices, open work spaces and a two-story work loft) rotate and connect through all floors of the building. Two-story loft spaces – modern alternative workspaces, rotate around the building like a connected helix and create an informal path – a spiral that connects all the work floors into one non-jumping strip of work spaces from the floor to the top of the building.