Slovenia enters a decade dedicated to architectural master Jože Plečnik

Published: 3.1.2017

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Slovenia enters a decade dedicated to architectural master Jože Plečnik

The beginning of 2017 marks the beginning of a decade devoted to the architect Jože Plečnik. The greatest Slovenian architect and his work left their mark in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, the Austrian capital Vienna, and the Czech capital Prague. Plečnik's Ljubljana, as the Slovenian capital is sometimes called, is best explored on foot or by bike.

Slovenia enters a decade dedicated to architectural master Jože Plečnik

On 7th January 2017, sixty years will have passed since the farewell of the greatest Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik. The year 1921 was a milestone for Slovenia and its capital Ljubljana, when Plečnik returned from abroad and began shaping the image of the capital to make a magnificent example of planning a city according to human needs and ideals of antiquity. His holistic urbanistic approach and architectural masterpieces rank among the most important Slovenian artworks of the 20th century.

Plečnik developed the concept of a city tailor-made for humankind - offering citizens everything within walking distance. In Plečnik’s Ljubljana, only short distances connect the library, the marketplace, and an area for recreation, cultural events, and relaxation. The legacy of Jože Plečnik has been nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List and is currently on the Tentative List.

Learn about the life and work of Jože Plečnik at Plečnik’s House, nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2017. Visitors can admire the well-preserved living areas, and an exhibition on Plečnik’s masterpieces, designs, and way of creating all the solutions. Plečnik redesigned the house and the neighbouring villa, and built a tower in the backyard which is still full of objects from his projects and redesigns. A walk through the house is like a walk through the architect’s life, seeing the development of his love for drawing and artistry and his aesthetic sense.

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