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Restaurant Interior Lucija

Portorož, Slovenia
Restaurant Lucija
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Restaurant Lucija
Edo Mihevc - Izbrana dela; Janez Kresal; Ljubljana 2016

Restaurant Lucija was designed by Slovenian architect Edo Mihevc. It was built in 1963 in Lucija, which is a settlement in the Municipality of Piran in the Littoral region of Slovenia. At the time the modern builiding was built, it represented the centre of Tourist Settlement Lucija, for which Mihevc got the The Prešeren Award in 1969. Similar to other modern architecture on the coastline, the ground floor of the building was designated for public services, whereas the first floor was owned by a restaurant.

The two-storey building was divided into three floor plans. On the northern part of the ground floor there used to be a storage room, changing rooms for employees and toilet facilities. The southern part, which was fully glazed and oriented towards the park, served as a reception next to a small pub, an exchange bureau, a small supermarket, a hair(dressing) salon, a barber’s shop and an administrative office. Outdoor stone staircase led to a dance floor with a perform stage for musicians, partly covered with a metal pergola.

The ground floor was divided into two parts. In the northern part there was a kitchen with a small delivery courtyard and auxiliary rooms. The dining room in the south, which ground plan was in the shape of “L”, had a large brick fireplace in the middle. Lamps, which were made of two or three glass spheres, were part of the collection for Trade Union Association. Chairs and all other furniture were architect’s work.

Large glass wall visually connected the dining room with an extensive terrace. Both places were covered with unified roof, supported by typical perforated concrete pylons and stone pillars. Rainwater drains were designed inventively. Unconventional geometry, vastness of the roof and organic elements of interior and exterior created attractive space with its own characteristics. The interior of the restaurant was demolished and today serves as an apartment building. Lost architecture of Edo Mihevc was a great achievement of Slovenian modernism.