The tour will start with the visit of his home & Plečnik museum (see link below). We will than have a walk to the city center across the less known Plečnik’s Trnovo bridge (singular if not unique because of beech trees planted on the bridge itself) and continue towards the Zois pyramid(dedicated to the patron of literature, the noblemen of Italian descent Žiga Zois) and the Faculty of Architecture with a porch designed by our architect.
The readaptation of the near-by monastery of the Teutonic Knights is one of the last Plečnik’s works in Ljubljana after WW. II. (Find out about Plečnik’s disapproving attitude towards the socialist regime expressed in the crippled red star). We will enter the so-called Devil’s courtyard (entrance on appointment) with a myriad of convex lamps, positioned on the walls.
Next we will visit Plečnik’s National Library and have a walk through the staircase in black marble (hear the explanation about the symbolism of light). We will also see Plečnik High School. Have a stop in front of the Slovene parliament (a flat functionalistic building by Vinko Glanz from 1959) and find out about the unrealized daring Plečnik’s designs for this legislative institution.
After visiting the Triple Bridge and the Central Market, both planned by our architect, we can choose to remain in the town center or (as an option) take a van/bus and continue with the visit of Plečnik’s fine architecture in the suburb of the town.
The church of Saint Francis of Assisi in Šiška (a grandious one hall church with inner colonnade and original Plečnik designed furniture and liturgic objects) the monumental cemetery of Žale with an arched entrance (propylaea), an oratory and several chapels, each in a different style. If time will be favorable, the visit of the church of Saint Michael in the outskirts of Ljubljana is recommended.
On the proposed tour we won’t admire (only) his most well-known landmarks. By deciphering the visual and symbolic value of his creations we will try to capture a glimpse of his genius. Our intention will be to smuggle into his thoughts and ambitions to inspire his fellow citizens with the demon of the noble Greeks. Deep motivations were moving him to study ancient civilizations and reinterpret classical architecture, combining the cutting edge of modern technology (reinforced concrete), modernistic bold solutions and expressivity of forms with the most sublime of the classical beauty in what was labeled as a will to achieve the architetcura perennis, an eternal architecture, elevating the human soul.
Jože Plečnik (Ljubljana 1872 – Ljubljana 1957) was the most preeminent 20th century Slovene architect and a universally recognized protagonist on the parquet of Europe modern architects. Plečnik is an original reinterpret of classical architecture in modern times, a noble-minded successor in an unbroken chain of architects with an innovative way of doing classical architecture. With his own “maniera” he followed and studied Michelangelo, Palladio, Borromini, Piranesi and Gottfried Semper. He worked in the studio of the secessionist architect Otto Wagner in Vienna.
His works can be seen in Vienna, Prague, Belgrade and most thoroughly in Ljubljana, where the imprint of his iconic buildings on the urban design and planning is most notable and overwhelming. With his vision he modeled the appearance and the spirit of the Slovene capital into a distinguished and unique urban tissue. He was one of the founding members of the (still operative) Ljubljana School of Architecture.
- Plečnik’s house & Museum
- Zois pyramid
- Courtyard of the Teutonic order (Knights Templars) & Devil’s courtyard
- Plečnik’s National Library
- Slovene Parliament
- Triple bridge & Central Market
- In the outskirts: church of St. Francis of Assisi, cemetery of Žale, church of St. Michael
Architectural Museum – The Plečnik Collection
3D visualization of Plačnik’s architecture