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Facade Skinning

Project timeline

1940 – 1951

Type

Museum

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Tomšičeva 14
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
www.mg-lj.si/

Current state

Renovated

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
July 16th, 2017

Modern Gallery Change this

Ljubljana, Slovenia
by Edvard Ravnikar Change this
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The Modern Gallery was Ravnikar’s first important work in the Ljubljana. It was one of the first modernistic galleries in Slovenia. It is seen the strong influence of Jože Plečnik on architects work as Ravnikar was helping him to draw plans for NUK. Museum shows the respect for tradition, on the other hand starts a modernistic approach towards architecture.

The building has a simple geometric architectural design. Plan t is axially symmetrical with exhibition halls of different sizes. It is divided into three levels: the exhibition hall on the ground floor, depots workshops are in the basement and administration and cabinets with the library on the first floor. The central hall was designed as a central vestibule with the access to smaller exhibition halls on both sides. The compositional axis of the building continues outside the building at the beginning of Plečnik promenade. The entrance is indicated by high colonnade with a canopy. The free and asymmetrical composition of stone facade shows clear signs of the coming of modernism. The transition from rigid traditional rules to the modernist interpretations is evident in the corner of the building, where individual relief panels interfere with the classic order of pilasters and architraves. The facade is a copy of NUK library although made with different materials. The windows are sunk into the facade, which recalls Gottfried Semper's approach to facade surface. The baldaquin above the entrance is a typical Plečnik motif, in this case service as a balcony as well. The building was renovated in 2009 by Bevk Perović.

Sources

  • Andrej Hrausky, Janez Kozelj (2007): Architectural Guide to Ljubljana,

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