African Design Magazine November 2015 - Page 49

International project Slovenian Book Center AN BOOK In Trieste, Italy, SoNo Arhitekti’s design won the 1st prize in the invited architectural competition for the Slovenian book center. T he proximity of the Oberdan Piazza and Fabiani’s National Hall encouraged SoNo Arhitekti to look more closely to the symbolic ties that are important for the Slovene minority living in Trieste. A hint that would only symbolically show itself derives from Fabiani’s masterfully designed facade’s decoration. Decorative geometric element has been broken down and transformed into a modern structure, which represents itself in the basic pattern of the bookshelves. The historical building where the new center is located is a palace dating from the first half of the last century. The architectural concept of the