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Author(s): Blaž Vogelnik

Journal: AR : Arhitektura, Raziskave
ISSN 1580-5573

Volume: XIV;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 102;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: residential towers | Roška Street | seismic safety | reconstruction

We have known for years that the residential towers on Roška Street are absolutely the most problematic buildings in Ljubljana in terms of their seismic safety. We decided to propose the rehabilitation of these structures in line with a "new philosophy" according to which the building interiors are left unaffected, and all the necessary reinforcements are implemented externally. During rehabilitation works, the building is not deprived of its habitational function. We developed the "nothing within – all without" philosophy back in 1981 for the rehabilitation of a big hotel near Makarska (we also took out a patent for it then). It is also essential to note that, apart from adequate seismic reinforcement, we gain new residential floor areas which generally cover all rehabilitation costs. In the case of the residential towers on Roška Street, we envisaged additional reinforced concrete walls for the entire perimeter of the towers. These walls are "stabilised" with a 3 m wide console slab running all around each floor, thus adding approximately 65 sqm of additional floor area to every apartment, which amounts to a little more than the net apartment floor area. Before setting up the new additional perimeter walls, we place 15 cm of insulation in between which considerably reduces the use of heating energy and eliminates all "thermal bridges". The old perimeter walls are connected to the new ones by Ø 22 mm inox steel treenails (with weak thermal conductivity). Since the existing structures are no longer settling, all of the new perimeter walls will be founded on Jet-Grouted columns.
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