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Tus Shopping Centre
Large shopping malls - to which, following the Euro-American example, various entertainment, sports and business facilities come to be attached - are being built everywhere in Slovenia. Most of these structures could hardly be considered architecture if architecture is understood as something more complex than four walls and a roof, whose sole purpose is to provide an enclosed space. There are, however, exceptions. This building, located on the approach road to Celje, is constructed of prefabricated concrete elements and has a large, metal-clad roof that folds over the enclosed space. The roof appears to hover, an effect that is enhanced by its variable thickness, and gives the building an expressive, sculptural character. And yet the roof's size and shape can be justified in pragmatic terms: on one side it has to cover a parking area, on another side a pedestrian side walk, which requires a shallower overhang, and on yet another side a loading area, requiring deeper shelter again.