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National and University Library / Studio Kalamar

Designed by Studio Kalamar, the proposal for the National and University Library in Ljubljana, Slovenia connects itself to the urban fabric of the square in a clear, but quiet fashion. As the dynamic volume mimics the dynamic surrounding environment, an atrium is created between, thus introverting the urban energies into a peaceful atmosphere appropriate for studying, which is surrounded by a cloister, vertically repeated four times. The program is comprised of four program units: free access library, storage and archive facilities, work units – expert library services, and the archaeological heritage of Roman Emona. Emona lies beneath the surface level, so the three remaining units are used as the base for volume composition. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Stamboldžioski Dental Studio / Enota

  • Architects: Enota
  • Location: Nova Gorica, Slovenia
  • Design Team: Dean Lah, Milan Tomac, Zana Starovič, Nuša Završnik Šilec, Sabina Sakelšek, Anna Kravcova, Nebojša Vertovšek, Marko Volf, Esta Matković
  • Area: 175.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Miran Kambič

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Lolita / Trije Arhitekti + Jagoda Jejcic

  • Architects: Trije Arhitekti + Jagoda Jejcic
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Architects: Trije Arhitekti - Andrej Mercina, Špela Rogel, Goran Raspor, with Jagoda Jejčič
  • Client: Kaval Group, BID do.o.
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011

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Modular Units / Coodo

  • Architects: Coodo
  • Location: Kranj, Slovenia
  • Design Team: Gregor Kosem, Simon Bajt, Katja Senekovic, Urša Kisovec.
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Coodo

© Coodo © Coodo © Coodo © Coodo

Villa T-Extension / OFIS

  • Architects: OFIS
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Architects: OFIS
  • Project Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregorič , Tomaz Gregorič, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Will Gibson, Andrej Kacera, Jan Smejkal
  • Structural Engineering: Projecta d.o.o.
  • Mechanical Engineering: Jelen & Zaveršnik d.n.o.
  • Electrical Engineering: Jelen & Zaveršnik d.n.o.
  • Area: 56.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tomaz Gregorič

© Tomaz Gregorič © Tomaz Gregorič © Tomaz Gregorič © Tomaz Gregorič

National and University Library NUK II Proposal / Kamvari Architects

The design approach for the National and University Library NUK II by Kamvari Architects re-evaluates what a library could be in the 21st century. As a result, their concept allows the building to become an iconic symbol for Ljubljana. The library offers a variety of external and internal public spaces that caters for a range of formal and informal environments for social interaction and cultural exchange. It also becomes an active part of the city scape through its materiality and cultural relationship. More images and architects’ description after the break.

NUK II University Library / SANGRAD Architects, AVP Arhitekti, Biro Arhitekti

Courtesy AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy AVP Arhitekti

The volume composition of the NUK II University Library is formed as a group of three volumes set on top of an elevated plateau hovering above the excavations. Designed by SANGRAD Architects, AVP Arhitekti, and Biro Arhitekti, this unity of forms also means a unity of space, function and organization. Within the existing roman structure (which is understood as geometrical and spatial order, urban definition and direction), the archaeological grid becomes the base of the library functional scheme and the excavations are actively transferred to the future architectural assembly. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mixed Use Building Bizovik / Tria Studio

  • Architects: Tria Studio
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Project Team: Jernej Hočevar u.d.i.a., Matevž Vrhovnik u.d.i.a., Martin Lovrečić u.d.i.a., Blaž Češka u.d.i.a., Anže Kveder g.t.
  • Client: Razum d.o.o.
  • Builder: Panta Rhei d.o.o.
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Črt Slavec & Photo Shark

© Črt Slavec & Photo Shark © Črt Slavec & Photo Shark © Črt Slavec & Photo Shark © Črt Slavec & Photo Shark

Human Fish Pool in the Postojna Cave / Studio Stratum

  • Architects: Studio Stratum
  • Location: Ljubljanska cesta 2, 6232 Postojna, Slovenia
  • Architects: Studio Stratum - Polona Filipič, Peter Šenk
  • Collaborators: Klemen Kušar
  • Client: Turizem Kras, d.d.
  • Area: 20.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Miran Kambič

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Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti

  • Architects: OFIS Arhitekti
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, William Gibson, Estefania Lopez Tornay, Nika Zufic
  • Client: Private
  • Area: 115.0 sqm

Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti Level Apartment / OFIS Arhitekti

23rd Biennial of Design Competition

The Museum of Architecture and Design is proud to announce the international Call for Entries for the 23rd Biennial of Design – the international exhibition and BIO Design Awards competition. Through its selection of well-designed works and emphasis on quality, originality, and innovation, the exhibit presents current trends in contemporary design. The exhibited works are eligible to receive the Biennial’s awards for the best designs of the past two years. The curators of this year’s exciting 23rd edition are Margo Konings and Margriet Vollenberg of Organization in Design. Designers, commissioners, manufacturers, tutors, students, design labels, creative collectives, cultural institutions and others. All are invited to apply for BIO 23 exhibition with the deadline for entries being March 30. For more information, please visit their website here.

'Unfinished Modernisations / Between Utopia and Pragmatism' Exhibition

Cultural Centre Kolasin: Cultural Center by architect: Marko Music (photo by Wolfgang Thaler)
Cultural Centre Kolasin: Cultural Center by architect: Marko Music (photo by Wolfgang Thaler)

As part of the European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012, the architectural exhibition, ‘Unfinished Modernisations / Between Utopia and Pragmatism’ will be taking place at the Maribor Art Gallery from February 10 – April 22. The presentation of architectural projects and large-scale urbanistic plannings which denote the period of (socialist) Yugoslavia is a long-expected project that will focus on the milestones and visions of the (unfinished) modernisation of cities during socialism as well as answer the questions about their role and legacy in the successor countries. More information on the exhibition after the break

National and University Library NUK II Competition

Open to citizens of the Republic of Slovenia or other EU member states and/or competitors who have a place of business in either, the competition of a solution for the National and University Library NUK II must reflect the period of construction and thus express the autonomy of architecture without attempting to exceed the spatial context by design and dimensions. The presentation of archaeological remains of Roman Emona on the location of NUK II will constitute an interesting enrichment of the library program and a special challenge for seeking connections between the construction and literary heritage. The open, external space in front of the new library must be designed as a representative public space intended for resting, waiting and relaxing. The submission deadline is March 23. For more information, please visit here.

Zlatarna Celje Jewelry / OFIS architects

  • Architects: OFIS architects
  • Location: Maribor, Slovenia
  • Architects: OFIS architects
  • Design Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Sergio Silva Santos, Kiki Marien, William Gibson, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Jolien Maes, Anna Timmermans
  • Photographs:  Jan Celeda, Unknown photographer

©  Jan Celeda ©  Jan Celeda ©  Jan Celeda ©  Jan Celeda

Ptuj Archaeological Museum Proposal / Enota

Courtesy of Enota
Courtesy of Enota

The Ptuj Archaeological Museum, design my Enota, fills the gap in the natural edge of the town and recreates the green belt along the entire northern edge of the town. The establishment of the contiguous green belt articulates the transition from the old town core by creating a clear divide between the historical and the later urban structure. The building of the museum of archaeology is placed on the very edge of the former medieval city walls and is dug in as much as the conditions permit it. This way, a view of the renovated complex of the Dominican monastery opens over the new building from the north side, allowing the monastery to re-assume its role as the city’s dominant. The recreation of the monastery’s north courtyard with its original outline further returns the monastery to its former spatial boundaries. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kindergarten Ajda / Arhitektura Jure Kotnik

  • Architects: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
  • Location: Ravne Na Koroškem, Slovenia
  • Architects: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
  • Design Team: Jure Kotnik, Andrej Kotnik, Tjaša Mavrič, Tina Marn
  • Container System: Conhouse
  • Producer: Trimo D. D.
  • Client: Municipality Ravne Na Koroškem
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Miran Kambic

© Miran Kambic © Miran Kambic © Miran Kambic © Miran Kambic