Architectural Triangle, SDC Norbertov
28. 6. 2018
The Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872–1957) left a significant mark on three European capital cities: Vienna and Prague, and especially his native city of Ljubljana. He worked there from 1921 until his death and largely realised his vision of a city transformed into the national capital based on Classical models. Thanks to Plečnik’s work, the capital city of Slovenia as a whole is a piece of art in terms of urban planning and architecture. It is one of the few cities that have been so profoundly marked by a single architect. Plečnik’s Ljubljana features a land axis and a water axis. The land axis runs from his own house in Trnovo across Trnovo Bridge, to the Congress Square in the city centre. Plečnik’s plans for the water axis encompassed designs for the Ljubljanica River embankments in the city centre, designs for the bridges and the main market. By re-designing river banks and bridges, and thoughtfully placing plantings intended as important architectural features, Plečnik gave a Mediterranean flavour to the city alongside the Ljubljanica River. While preparing his plans for Ljubljana, he dedicated himself to the study of Classical antiquity. By reworking Classical architectural elements and using them in his projects in the city, he created his own distinctive architectural language.
Lecture by Ana Porok
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