The architectural competition proposal for the new building of the Secondary School in Jesenice responds to the dysfunctional organizational structure of the existing facility and the unarticulated, broader urban framework. Urban planning principles are based on an open square of the school complex with access from all sides of the city, balanced dimensions, and volumetric harmony of the broader built space, environmental qualities of open space, and a green framework. Design criteria aim at enhancing the quality of public space, coexistence, and sustainable use of space.
The space is designed so that buildings articulate it into individual environments, while the previously neglected courtyard is relieved and transformed into an articulated school and public space. A new primary axis – a promenade – is established from south to north, forming the main entrance from the school courtyard with a garden. This defines the entrance to the school complex from the south and north. An east-west axis emphasizes the main school thoroughfare. The intersection of both axes is the central atrium.
The new building leans against the primary axis, aligning with the external arrangement of the school courtyard and promenade. The building of the new workshops is embedded under the existing retaining wall of the parking area on the western edge of the site, aiming to maximize open space.