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.
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
Architects: OFIS arhitekti
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Project Team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Andrej Gregoric, Janez Martincic, Janja Del Linz, Laura Carroll, Erin Durno, Leonor Coutinho, Maria Trnovska, Jolien Maes, Sergio Silva Santos, Grzegorz Ostrowski, Javier Carrera, Magdalena Lacka, Estefania Lopez Tornay, Nika Zufic
Structural Engineering: Elea IC d.o.o.
Mechanical Engineering: ISP d.o.o.
Electrical Engineering: Eurolux d.o.o.
Client: DZS d.d
Site Area: 692 sqm
Gross Floor Area: 2,420 sqm
Photographs: Tomaz Gregoric, Jan Celeda
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.
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.
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.
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, Kranjska Gora 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.
Architect: Ravnikar Potokar Arhitekturni
Location: Idrija, Slovenia
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
Located in Ljubljana, Slovenia 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.