The UGM Art Gallery designed by Elastik is located in Maribor, Slovenia. The new UGM gallery is located on the border between Maribor’s medieval city centre, characterised by delicate monumental buildings and introverted urban blocks on one side, and the newly developed bulky public and housing buildings, the swimming pool Pristan and the faculties on the other.
An active roof will attempt to make the public building very public indeed. Instead of creating a gallery as an exclusive space only for ‘art lovers’, the roof is shared between all users: inhabitants, visitors, curators and artists. It creates an urban link between the city and the river, the housing and the market. Where the roof meets the banks of Drava River there is an entrance point to all the programs of the new UGM Gallery: the gallery space, the library, the architectural centre, the cafeteria and the restaurant.