Revitalization of Francis shaft In Idrija

Master thesis is dealing with the area of Francis shaft, the only still operating shaft for descending into the mine. Connecting the site to the city, creating new public space and establishing a collection of mine’s technical heritage in conjunction with research centre for mercury and study geological collection, are the key project goals. Through the study of the historic area development and evaluation of the current project site, the new project guidelines are established, therefore creating the evolution of the site for the 21st century.

The functional and technical orientation of the existing is exposed and to this, the newly added structures are adjusted.

New programmatic volumes are connected with the attractive museum path, creating a clear separation of old and new. New historic building mass is revived and is exposed as a spatial and meaningful dominant point overlooking the city.

  • Author:Iztok Hvala
  • mentorprof. Miloš Florijančič, u.d.i.a
  • co-mentor:doc. Mitja Zorc, u.d.i.a
    dr. Matej Blenkuš, u.d.i.a.
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