Contemporary Slovene Architecture: Small and Smart Films

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Museum of Architecture and Design has published the first film from the series of six Small and Smart – Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture in Film: Biotechnical Faculty, ARK arhitektura Krušec (Ljubljana, 2009-2010). Small and Smart consists of six short films, one of each of six built architectural projects. Each employs a simple story – a development, an exchange – to move through and relate the experience of the architecture. As the films move through and document the spaces and exchanges, certain key features of the architectures are revealed and emphasized. All architectures here are recent builds (2006 and later) and are of varied types, programs and scales: private house, row house, industrial facility, sacred, educational/institutional, public/sports. Together they reflect representative currents, developments and practices in the best of Slovenian architecture today.

In the next few weeks the following films will be presented online: House D, Bevk Perović arhitekti (Ljubljana 2007/2008); Stadium Stožice, Sadar + Vuga (Ljubljana 2010); Houses on Jurčkova Street, Jože Peterkoč (Ljubljana, 2009); Metal Recycling Plant, Dekleva Gregorič arhitekti (Pivka, 2007); Square and Open-Air Altar, Brezje, Maruša Zorec, Martina Tepina (Brezje, 2008). For more information on the films, please visit here.

Sports Center Stopiče / Jereb in Budja arhitekti

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Architects: Jereb in Budja arhitekti / Rok Jereb, Blaž Budja
Location: Novo Mesto,
Project Team: Rok Jereb, Blaž Budja, Petra Cegnar, Sara Zorzut, Tadeja Božičnik, Nina Majoranc, Ana Križaj
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,350 sqm
Photographs: Blaž Budja

Dunajski Kristall / APlan

© Miran Kambič

Architects: APlan
Location: ,
Client: MABRA engineering
Design Team: Darko Lečnik APLAN team for the business portion and Rafael Draksler with the ARHITEKA team for the residential portion
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 60,000 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Terme Olimia Wellness Spa / Enota

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The project proposal for the new Terme Olimia wellness spa, designed by Enota, is located in the very center of a well-known ski resort, in Slovenia. With rethinking the local building characteristics completely, the new spa building exhibits attractive design and despite its distinctive and extensive program maintains the town’s unified look. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Home for the Elderly / Ravnikar Potokar Arhitekturni

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Architect: Ravnikar Potokar Arhitekturni
Location: ,
Competition Team: Robert Potokar, Sabina Colnar, Ajdin Bajrović, Mateja Šetina, Carlos Graca
Project Team: Robert Potokar, Andrej Strehovec, Marjan Starič
Interior Design Project: Andrej Strehovec, Maja Slapernik, Robert Potokar
Project Area: 7,740 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Andrej Strehovec

The Hodoš Centre for the Elderly / Ravnikar Potokar

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Architect: Ravnikar Potokar
Location: , Slovenia
Project Area: 2473 sqm
Project Year 2010
Photographs: Miran Kambič

Razgledi Perovo Housing / dekleva gregorič arhitekti

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Architects: dekleva gregorič arhitekti
Location: , Slovenia
Project Team: Aljoša Dekleva u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist),Tina Gregorič u.d.i.a., M.Arch. (AA Dist)
Client: SAVA IP d.o.o.,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1760 sqm
Photographs: Miran Kambič

West Gate Office Building / Studio Kalamar

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Located in , on a corner site at the western entrance to the city, the composition of the West Gate office building, designed by Studio Kalamar, is defined by two office towers. The southern tower rises over the intersection, accentuating the direction towards the city with its sharp projecting corner while the lower northern wing serves as a background to the principal motive as its composition approaches the dynamic of railway traffic behind it. More images and architects’ description after the break.

A-partment / Granda Strovs Architects

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Architects: Granda Strovs Architects
Location: , Slovenia
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 90 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Granda Strovs Architects

Mivka Hotel Resort / Enota


Architects at Enota have shared with ArchDaily their recent competition entry, a “natural experience” hotel resort in Bled, , entitled ‘Mivka’. For additional images of their design as well as descriptive text from the architects themselves, please follow after the jump.

Trimo Urban Crash 2011: Opening of the Winning Life Stand

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On June 23, 2001, in the residential neighborhood of Fužine in Slovenia, , Trimo officially handed over a public architectural installation “Life Stand” – the winning project of the Trimo Urban Crash competition for students of architecture and design which was created by Polish students, Wojciech Nowak from an architectural faculty in Gliwice, and Martynika Bielawska, from an art and design academy in Wroclaw.

“Life Stand” is the result of the Trimo Urban Crash competition, which encourages a creative transformation of the urban environment with the help of advanced building materials and technologies.  The creative workshop was held by Professor Cyril Shing from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of Arts, London who also served as the mentor for the finalists. The event was opened by the General Manager of Trimo, Tatjana Fink, and the Deputy Mayor of Ljubljana prof. Janez Koželj.

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Theatre Park / Studio Kalamar

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Architects: Studio Kalamar – Andrej Kalamar
Location: , Slovenia
Project area: 1,460 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Miran Kambič,

Pegan Petkovšek National Gymnastics Centre / Enota

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The National Gymnastics Centre Pegan Petkovšek, designed by Enota, is part of the comprehensive renovation of Svoboda Sports Park in . It is the first of the three sports halls that are to be built on the western edge of a belt between an access street on one side and a large greened park layout with sports grounds on the other. The building of the gymnastics centre is placed on the northernmost part of this belt. The northern and western edge of the building reference the building line regulated by the spatial acts, which also stipulate the greatest built ratio and the height of the building. The strict urban regulations necessitate a very compact design that allows for little deviation.

New Concept Stores for Jeweler Franchise Zlatarne Celje / OFIS arhitekti


Architects: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Design team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Sergio Silva Santos, Kiki Marien, Katja Aljaz, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz
Project year: 2010 – 2011
Photographs: OFIS arhitekti

Urban Sculpture / Rok Grdisa

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Architect: Rok Grdisa
Location: ,
Contractor: Trimo
Project Area: 25 sqm
Photograps: Peter Mihelic

Mavrica Kindergarten / Breda Bizjak, Lidija Dragišić M.A., Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje

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The municipality of Brežice in cooperation with The Chamber of Architecture and The Spatial Planning of Slovenia have invited applications for public project, open and anonymous architectural competition for the kindergarten “Mavrica“ in a small town Brežice, Slovenia. Among 64 submissions, commission assigned the 1st prize to the Ljubljana based group of architects: Breda Bizjak, Lidija Dragišić M.A., Katja Florjanc, Emir Jelkić, Ajda Vogelnik Saje. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Symposium: Ljubljana Days of Oris

Lada Hršak

This year, on Thursday 19 May, becomes the centre of architecture. The international symposium of architects Days of Oris is bringing to Ljubljana, for the fifth time, contact with cities worldwide and the contemporary world architectural scene. The symposium is conceived as a series of lectures by renowned architects. Through lectures and visual presentations they express their visions of architecture, design and culture in order to present their country of origin.

At the same time they present problems faced in the realization of their work, and make a comparison to the current situation in our environment. Because of the audience’s already traditional enthusiasm, this symposium was visited last year by more than 600 people. This year, Ljubljana Days of Oris will present the following globally renowned names from the world of architecture: Miha Kajzelj (Slovenia), Lada Hršak (/Netherlands), Heinz Tesar (Austria) and Mansilla+Tuñón (Spain). The organizers of the event are ORIS House of Architecture and Association Trajekt. For more information click here.

Herman’s Square / Arhimetrics + Enota

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Herman’s Square, the new business residential building by Arhimetrics + Enota, is located at an important location in the old city centre in Celje. The land intended for construction is a part of a larger degraded non-built up area, which was somewhat forgotten for decades and exempt from the development of the city. Through the years a very heterogeneous structure evolved around this “wound” in the urban tissue, which was untouched for a long time.  It is now surrounded by a range of modern construction in an area that has extensive open space intended for a future park along the Savinja River.

More on this project after the break.