The urban regeneration project linking the Italian city of Gorizia with the Slovenian city, Nova Gorica, and creating a shared central area to be known as Europe Square – Piazzale Della Transalpina and the hub EPICenter, was conducted as part of a campaign for the title of 2025 European Capital of Culture (ECoC).
On 18 December 2020, chairperson of the European Capitals of Culture Expert panel announced that the city of Nova Gorica has been recommended for the European Capital of Culture 2025 title in Slovenia.
The International Union of Architects endorsed an urban regeneration project linking the Slovenian city, Nova Gorica with the Italian city of Gorizia, creating a shared central area to be known as Europe Square – Piazzale Della Transalpina and the hub EPICenter.
As part of a campaign for the title of 2025 European Capital of Culture (ECoC), the Municipalities of Nova Gorica and Gorizia, under the umbrella of the EGTC GO and with the endorsement of the UIA, organised a joint programme to celebrate and develop the economic and cultural infrastructure of this unique area in the centre of Europe, at the crossroads of tradition and modernity.
The principal goal of the project was to unify the historically fragmented district in front of the railway station known as Europe Square / Piazza Transalpina, to improve the quality of life for its inhabitants and to foster economic development, tourism and investment. The estimated cost of the project was 7,500,000.00 Euros.
The competition was thus divided into two parts:
This competition was open to all architects of the world and all legal entities which are entitled to practise in their country of residence.
The official language of the competition was English.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission deadline for the international competition to redevelop a square shared by the Italian city of Gorizia and the Slovenian city of Nova Gorica was extended from 6 April to 1 June 2020. This competition also extended the deadline for submissions to 31 August. The jury meeting took place on 9-12 September and the results announced on 16 September 2020.
The international jury found that the 56 submitted entries showed significant variety in their proposed approaches to the ideas and project aspects of the design for the Europe Square and the Epicentre.
It selected Studio Associato di Architettura Baglivo Negrini (Italy) as the first prize-winner. The jury praised “strong and clear visual impact” of the winning project whose “concave form … evokes a steadying point of equilibrium”. It noted that the “simple but significant gesture lends itself in its form to a naturally converging multifunctional space for social gathering - exalting its symbolic value, interpreting the memories still present and current, with an intervention that is however open to the future”.
EUROPEAN GROUPING of TERRITORIAL COOPERATION
with the collaboration of Municipalities of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Gorizia (Italy)
The jury selected Studio Associato di Architettura Baglivo Negrini (Italy) as the first prize-winner. It praised “strong and clear visual impact” of the winning project whose “concave form … evokes a steadying point of equilibrium”.
The second prize was awarded to Paul Vincent and étude Anthony Benarroche architecte (France) whose design proposal was considered to be “a powerful symbolic evocation of the recent history, which considers a variety of planes and scales as integrated components of the concept”.
The entry submitted by third prize winner SADAR+VUGA d.o.o. (Slovenia) was commended for “the approach to host all the proposed functions within the existing building, thus dictating the specific restoration of the building.”
The jury also awarded honourable mentions to:
Studio Associato di Architettura Baglivo Negrini (Italy) was announced as the winner of the international architectural competition for the urban development of the “Piazza Transalpina / Trg Evrope” Square.
The jury allocated three prizes to receive the following amounts:
It also awarded honorable mentions.