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Ljubljana, Nebotičnik Skyscraper

Štefanova 1 1000 Ljubljana
Nebotičnik skyscraper was the first high building in Ljubljana which surpassed the Baroque silhouette of the bell towers.  The slender skyscraper was built for the Pension Institute between 1928-1933, according to plans from 1930. The design was a unified mass, which had the cylindrical temple colonnade ending built on top of it later. The façade cloak of the levels, which could be added to, is broken up with evenly distributed rectangular windows with stone frames, an accentuated ground floor and semicircular openings of the café under the top.

The floor plan, with a carefully thought out circular staircase on the yard side, is quite rational. The details are precisely planned: from the doors and latches, to the board frames and the fittings of the cafe. The originator of the whole thing is Vladimir Šubic, along with his assistants Lado Kham, Ivo Medved (pavilion on the terrace), Marjan Mušič (tempietto at the top), Marjan Sever and Bojan Stupica (fittings of the cafe). The construction of the thirteen storey Nebotičnik was a technical achievement that demanded a new foundation method and precision, which was taken care of by the Ljubljana Construction Company, d. d. Next to the Nebotičnik stands an apartment block by the same architect and the orderer, a constitutent part of the residential complex regarding the design and function, the same as the passageway between Štefanova and Cankarjeva Street.

Nebotičnik has long been the highest building in Ljubljana. Its fittings were completed by the sculptor Gorše, with the heads of house gods in the loggia, and Lojze Dolinar, with a symbolic feminine figure on the facade. The café at the top of the building has been renovated several times. Individual apartments on lower floors have been remade into offices and a library.


GPS Northing (N) : 46,0532 
GPS Easting (E) : 14,5036 
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