- Building Type : Museum
- Construction Year : 2014
- Delivery year : 2017
- Address 1 - street : Arkova ulica 50 5280 IDRIJA, Slovenia
- Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.
- Construction/refurbishment cost : 2 300 000 €
- Cost/m2 : INF €/m2
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The diverse and unique industrial and technical heritage of Idrija’s 500-year-old mining history was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. One of the crucial parts of the mercury mine was the smelting plant, which stopped operating in 1995. Its renovation and renewal was a significant challenge in terms of financing and expertise. The energy renovation of the building was carried out in accordance with the possibilities and specifications of the building, which belongs to the technical cultural heritage. The project comprised the reconstruction and extension of the existing ore separation facility and construction of a new building intended for reception of visitors and hosting a permanent exhibition 'From ore to mercury drops'. Two investment phases were planned - the first one is finished, the second one will focus on the furnace, extraction and packaging of mercury in cylinders. In 2020 the refurbushed Idrija mercury smelting plant won the 2nd prize of the ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism’ award under category of industrial heritage.
Posoški razvojni center
OthersInstitute for the protection of cultural heritage of Slovenia Delpinova 16, 5000 Nova Gorica, tajnistvo.ng[a]zvkds.si
OthersMinistry of Culture Maistrova ulica 10, 1000 Ljubljana
Owner approach of sustainability
The goal of retrofitting was to preserve the endangered cultural monument and enrich it with new content, enhance its modernity and attractiveness, revive its heritage with educational content, raise awareness of the importance of preserving cultural heritage, and enhance tourism opportunities in the area. The project began on 30 December 2014 and was completed on 31 January 2017.
The goals of the 1st phase of the project, which comprises the reconstruction and new construction of the existing ore separation facility, a new reception and exhibition center for visitors, and the exhibition 'From ore to mercury drops', were:
- to preserve and restore the cultural monument of national importance inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List,
- to finally restore and present the machines and devices in the reconstructed ore separation facility with a demonstration of their functioning within the scope of the exhibition 'From Ore to Mercury Drops', etc.
The project comprised the reconstruction and extension of the existing ore separation facility and construction of a new building intended for reception of visitors and hosting a permanent exhibition 'From ore to mercury drops'. In the following, we will focus only on the building that has been the subject of renovation. The building is built and dimensioned accordingly to its industrial purposes. It is built as a massive concrete frame structure filled with bricks and windows. The extension made on the right side of the existing building is also modeled in the same way as existing structure.
There are new connecting stairs between the ground floor, 1st and 2nd floor, which are made of reinforced concrete. There are also external stairs made of the same material, through which evacuation is possible. The stairs connecting the basement and the ground floor are made of steel. The entire building except the basement is additionally thermally insulated on the inside.
The roof is made of reinforced concrete beams, to which a wooden substructure is attached. The asbestos roofing has been replaced with a new suitable corrugated roofing. The roof is thermally insulated. The window openings remained the same, and the windows were replaced with ALU windows with double glazing.
Construction and exploitation costs
- 2 300 000 €
- 2 000 000 €
The goal of retrofitting was to preserve the endangered cultural monument and enrich it with new content, enhance its modernity and attractiveness, revive its heritage with educational content, raise awareness of the importance of preserving cultural heritage, and enhance tourism opportunities in the area.