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Studio Fuksas and Sandi Pirs win competition to design a tall elliptical tower in Slovenia

Studio Fuksas led by founders Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, in collaboration with Slovenian architect Sandi Pirs, has won a competition to design a tower in the coastal city of Koper, Slovenia.

Called Capo Grande Tower, the 111m-high tower will link the Giusterna beach to Monte San Marco. The tower comprises a double ellipse structure, which is slightly inclined towards the sea. Being designed to be the new icon of the city, the structure represents the Italian and Slovenian cultures, that co-exist in the city of Koper, which shares a coastline border with Italy.

“The position, essentially upon the sea, will make the structure not only a practical means for residents to pass from Giusterna to Monte San Marco and vice versa, but also a unique tourist attraction,” Studio Fuksas has said in a press release.

“Next to the tower there is a panoramic area conceived as a large platform called “Capo Grande” and is intended to accommodate bars and restaurants and to be a meeting point for both residents and tourists. Capo Grande can be reached via a 100-meter long covered bridge, clad by glass walls, so as to allow ones view to extend towards the bay and the Slovenian hinterland,” adds the firm.

The Capo Grande Tower will also be used for various recreational activities, as well as assisting residents in overcoming the steep cliff that separates the sea from the hill. For example, the tower will feature slides, climbing walls and bungee-jumping areas. At the base of the tower, a play area will be offered for children.

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