Šumi Project Overview
In 1876, Josipina Schumi set out on a sweet endeavor, crafting artisan confections in a modest workshop. After the ravages of World War I, her legacy was carried on by Mr. Dragutin Hribar, who breathed new life into the factory, earning it a reputation as one of the finest sweet makers in the land.
After the turbulent World War II, a new chapter began for this building. Out of the ruins, the famous Šumi Pub was born. The pub became a haven for free-spirited artists and intellectuals, a place where creative souls could meet, share ideas, and bask in each other’s company. It was frequented by some of the most distinguished musicians, journalists, and theater actors in all of Slovenia.
The Challenges of the Architecture
Today, the Šumi Centre stands as a testament to this rich heritage, an invitation to become a part of its next chapter where the sweet aroma of the past mingles with the creative energy of the present.
The first plans for this new building were drawn up as early as 1996 by the famous architect Boris Podrecca. It features large windows strewn among concrete facade elements. Not to interfere with the overall look of the entire building, very subtle shading for the windows needed to be installed.
The Soltec Solution
To provide thermal and living comfort, we have chosen subtle roller blinds with a minimalist aesthetics. The essential component of the roller blinds is a thermal fiberglass fabric, which provides over 90% protection against overheating while still remaining transparent and not blocking the view of the surroundings.
For this purpose we have developed 2 types of roller blinds:
Roller blinds on the exterior facades are technically demanding because they are integrated between the concrete wall of the building and the prefabricated concrete facade elements. Due to different distances between the walls and the facade panels, we had to custom-make all masks for each window. These roller blinds are made in ZIP technology, which indicates that there is a zipper welded onto the fabric, which slides in a special guide and keeps the fabric taut.
Roller blinds on atrium facades are minimalist and guided by stainless steel braids, attached directly to the aluminum facade and used for vertical balcony shading.