metal recycling plant
future: recycling a building on site
project date: 2005 – 2007
completion date: 2008
area: 140 + 140 + 1.440 m2
type: industrial plant
client: Andrej Dolenc, Odpad d.o.o
photos: Matevž Paternoster, Miran Kambič
project team: Aljoša Dekleva, Tina Gregorič,
The Chicago Athenaeum
We clearly divided the generic concrete volume, flexible for multiple-use; and the very specific, non-flexible metal volume, therefore ephemeral and recycle friendly by its activity. In these terms the huge concrete plateau with a definition wall and attached concrete service building define the core of the current production area, however they easily allow for a change of program within the industrial zone. This huge part of the project required careful placing of the plateau in an environment which ensures the least earth works and the lowest concrete wall possible.
On the other hand, the small 100% metal office building works as a very specific control deck, supervising the weighing of incoming waste and out-going metals. Since this specificity means non-adaptability we had to allow for easy and clear on-site recycling when this building is not needed anymore. In contrast to the very rough production that goes on at the site, we have embedded some abstract or we like to think “poetic” content in the project. The two buildings are of the same volume, but materially very different: one is made entirely out of concrete, whereas the other is all steel – from structure to cladding. Thus the two buildings speak about the context of the material separation process at the metal recycle plant.
Odpad, Pivka for “Small and Smart – Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture in Film”
Organization: Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Curator: Jeff Bickert (ARK), Production: Matjaž Ivanišin and Damjan Kozole, Vertigo Emotionfilm