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Marko Župančič

Trbovlje, Slovenia
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Marko Župančič was a Slovenian architect, urbanist and photographer. In the autumn of 1933 he enrolled in the Department of Architecture of the Technical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana. He graduated by Jože Plečnik in 1938 with a philharmonic project in Ljubljana.

Le Corbusier Studio

Marko Župančič was at Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret studio from 1. December 1939 to 31. May 1940. During his studies was was a scholarship recipient of the French government. Two months before Župančič arrived in Paris, the Germans attacked Poland, and it is not surprising that Župančič, at Le Corbusier, had drawn up plans for military or military-related facilities. In the black book of the studio, Župančič has been enrolled 22 times, it was first entered on December 6, 1939, and finally on 4 May 1940. Župančič was the one which was the most time mentioned in the Plečnik's black book because collaborating with Le Corbusier.

Architect's Work

His most important work is represented by the Working House in Trbovlje from 1956, which he designed in cooperation with the architect Othon Gasparari and the painter Mario Pregl. The motif of the rolling wall in a rigid framework is repeated in the Trbovlje Workers' Hall in a slightly different content and form than on the design of a vineyard for the poet (Marko Župančič was the son of the poet Oton Župančič), which he established at Plečnik. In 1951, Župančič, together with Nik Bežek, Branko Simčič, planned a regulation plan within the Ljubljana Regulatory Office.

Župančič wrote a review of the book Le Corbusier Le Modulor in the Arhitekt magazine (I, 1951, 56-57), while Le Corbusier died in 1965. Župančič attended numerous competitions, won several awards and rewards. According to his plans, several housing, industrial buildings, schools, monuments, including the monument at Gričko near Črnomelj, were built. According to his plans, facilities for the Ljubljana Zoo and the institute for pathological physiology in Ljubljana were created. The most systematic and comprehensive is its share in the architecture of Trbovlje. A pediatric hospital, a round block, a stadium stadium, blocks of flats and more, besides the aforementioned Workers' Home, were created according to his plans. His modernist opus, which emerged during and after the post-war reconstruction, is full of spatial and symbolically signifying ideas in details and structures.

Trbovlje, Slovenia
Bostjan, October 6th, 2017