ReLAB – Tobačna factory renewal | Ljubljana, Slovenia, | 2014 | w/ Sabina Marov, Ge Lin, Azra Gradinčić, Alen Čelektić
After numerous capitalistic failures, architects should rethink programmes and processes, not buildings. If it is not used anymore it is not automatically waste!´ – this idea has characterized our project from the beginning on and has become the main concept of the site. Under the public square on Tobačna site a reusing facility called reLAB is established.It will act as an education and prototyping facility for artist, students and the inhabitants of Ljubljana. There they will be able to experiment on how waste can be reused and upcycled. The spacial composition displays the chronology of fabric process. For example: the bottle is brought to storage, tecnically processed in process area and roughly treated in workshop area. It gets its final appearance in the lab area. The output of reLAB, new products made out of these materials, are sold in the on-site shop. In order to support the extention of the city centre, the existing train stop is included into the site as a new regional-train station. According to the long-term plan of the city government, the railway line is put underground and is not disturbing the view to or from Rožna Dolina. ReLab is set below the ground level. However, it is not anonymous object: through the openings in the landscape, pedestrians will be able to observe the work in progress that is going on beneath them.