l o k v e  l a k e  h a n g a r


Lokve Lake was created in the 50s of the last century by a youth work action to meet the need for a new system of hydropower plants. Without this knowledge one could easily be confused as the lake is perfectly blended into the landscape. The natural context in which we reflect is extremely picturesque, authentic and ideal. Typology of the hangar opposites such natural context. The hangar almost always has two solid, parallel walls in between which the corresponding objects are stored. So what if the side walls are duplicated with as little space between as possible, thus creating two different characters of the house – one massive, closed and rough, and the other that is dissolved, airy, changeable?

The entrance of the hangar is located at 777 meters above sea level. The maximum water level is at 772 m above sea level, while the average water level is at 760 m above sea level. On the entrance floor there is a pool hall with all the accompanying areas, a terrace of the bathing bar and a sun deck. A double staircase leads from the entrance hall to the first floor. It is located on the first floor catering space, administration, gallery overlooking the pool, locker rooms, gym and sauna. From the outdoor areas there is a terrace of the catering area and a space for meditation / exercise and a series of atriums that appear inside the sauna, gym and catering space for experiential and functional reasons. From the first floor we climb to the highest floor where the hall is located with its surrounding space intended for storing things or observing the outdoor space. At the level of the main entrance there is a staircase for rowers, a ramp and a staircase for staff that descends to level -3, or 774 m above sea level. In the half-buried basement there is a technical department, locker rooms for rowers and boat storage.

Reinforced concrete walls 20 cm thick are placed at an axial distance of 1.80 meters. That is the optimal distance that can host different content placed between the walls. The walls are cut at a 45-degree angle to maximize the experience inside the building. There are two types of space – the one between the walls, which is transient, dark, mystical, even a bit claustrophobic, and a cut space that is its opposite. In that space we are aware of the walls that surround us and it seems as if we find it in a cut-out time segment that serves only to relax and enjoy. Visual communication, which is created by leveling certain ones, is also very important parts of the hangar and allows the space to be merged. They are strictly cut in the floor plan but dissolved in volume. The highlight of the cutting is the southern façade which opens to the terraces towards the lake. With the help of tectonic elements, an almost stereotomic body is created. The constant change of full and airy shots allows for a variety of experiences with the lake itself.