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The villa behind Bežigrad in Ljubljana was commissioned by sculptor Boris Kalin in the 1930s according to plans drawn by architect Vinko Glanz. The house currently hosts two separate apartments, functionally and technologically adjusted to the modern way of living. In addition, it also has an architect’s studio. Photo: OHS/Kaja Lipnik Vehovar

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Open House Slovenia: A focus on buildings, energy and well-being

A chance for the public to experience quality architecture
20. April 2017 ob 12:51
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

Before we purchase a car or a phone, we usually test them beforehand ... But when it comes to real estate - one of the biggest investments in our business or private lives - testing is usually not the case.

This year’s Open House Slovenia festival of quality constructions, real estate and architecture will run between the 21st and 23rd of April. As part of the festival you will be able to visit more than 70 private and public buildings and see spatial design solutions. The theme of this year’s festival is buildings, energy and well-being.

At this year’s festival visitors will have to apply to visit all the buildings. The festival website lists some of the locations on offer for visits. Those include the multipurpose space and staircase of the Jože Plečnik Gymnasium school, buildings in the Škocjanski Zatok nature reserve, the Polhek pediatrician’s office, the renovated lobby of Hotel Slon, and the administration building of the Slovenian Football Association in a protected memorial park which is in close vicinity of the Brdo renaissance castle.

Those that visit the Open House Slovenia festival say it enables them to experience a building, enter it, test it, and make contact with its architects, users, owners, builders and other professionals. The festival’s mission is to show people that quality architecture is not necessarily expensive.

The Open House Slovenia festival is part on the international Open House Worldwide network which is active in more than 30 cities across the world, making it the biggest architecture festival in the world, reaching out to more than a million people. In May, Open House festivals will also take place in Athens, Rome, Prague, Tel Aviv and Helsinki.

The festival has been taking place in Slovenia since 2010. More than 474 buildings have been opened during the festival, which has also had more than 100 other accompanying events visited by almost 17,000 people.

All the buildings included in the festival can also be seen on the Open House Slovenia (OHS) website.

Alenka Klun, MMC; translated by K. J.