Keywords Change this

Modernist, Slovenian Modernism, Prefabricated Building, Functionalism

Birth date / place

April 6th 1912, Maribor, Slovenia

Selected Architecture

Practice / Active in Change this

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Linked to Change this

Jože Plečnik

Awards Change this

  • 1947 - Order of Work
  • 1959 - Association of Yugoslav Architects
  • 1960 - Finnish Honorary Knighthood White Flower
  • 1998 - Plečnik Medal for Lifetime Achievement

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October 28th, 2020

Fürst Danilo Change this

Change thisLjubljana, Slovenia
born 1912, Maribor
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Architect Danilo Fürst, a representative of Jože Plečnik's school, introduced technical innovations in Slovenian architecture, among which stand out plans for standard and prefabricated construction and the use of curved ceilings and roofs made of prestressed concrete. Unlike many architects, Fürst was not so much interested in the exterior of the buildings as in the quality of living that the building provides.

Plečnik's Influence

The first period (1937-1941) covers the period still under the influence of the teacher, who gradually formed his character with the introduction of technical innovations, such as the principle of hot air heating.

Prefabricated Housing

The second period (1945-1960) was marked by the reconstruction of countries that required new architectural principles in housing (rapid construction, prefabricated and terraced houses), construction of schools in industry, in which Fürst became one of the leading architects in the former Yugoslavia. This period is marked by large industrial projects like Kidričevo Alumina and Aluminum Factory, Banja Luka Cellulose Factory and facilities like a primary school in Stražišče, terraced houses on Peričeva ulica in Ljubljana and the Forest management building in Bled.

Light Prefabricate Constructions

In the third phase (1960-1976), the architect managed to place light prefabricated construction in the area of ​​the former Yugoslavia under the designation TAM in Utva. The use of curves, corrugated exterior wall, internal transparent walls in a combination of different materials on the facade represent Fürst's artistic language in both the design of facades and interiors.


Fürst chaired the Society of Architects of Slovenia (1951-51) and the Association of Societies of Architects of Yugoslavia (1957-59) and organized the use of architectural exhibitions at home and abroad.

Solo exhibitions about the architect Cankarjev dom Ljubljana (2000), Bled, Festival Hall (2012). Group exhibition of the architect were Rabat, Morocco, RPF Yugoslavia. International exhibition of the architecture of the international union of architects (1951), Kozolec, Apartment for our situation Ljubljana (1957), Moscow, Construction et reconstruction des villes 1945-1957 Yugoslavia (1958), Ljubljana, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Warsaw, London) A Contemporary Yugoslav Architecture (1959), Moderna galerija Ljubljana, 2nd Biennial of Industrial Design (1966), Modern Gallery Ljubljana, Newer Slovenian Architecture (1968), Zagreb Fair, Newer Slovenian Urbanism within the Urbanex exhibition (1973), Rihard Jakopič Art Exhibition Ljubljana, Slovenian Fine Arts 1945-1978 (1979), Provincial Museum Maribor, New in the Old. Preliminary and executive design of new constructions and partial arrangements in the old one (1980), Plečnik's Ljubljana School, Prague (1996), Ljubljana, Maribor, Rijeka, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade: Slovenian Architecture of the Twentieth Century (2000), Kresija Gallery Ljubljana, Docomomo Slovenia_100 (2011), Museum of Architecture and Design, Open Depots. Presentation of the collections of the Museum of Architecture and Design (2011), Museum of Architecture and Design, Under a Common Roof. Modern public buildings from the MAO collection and other archives (2011).


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