Biennale 2018 – Giardini

The next day was dedicated to the gardens and we started at the small island of San Giorgio Maggiore, where Vatican commissioned some of the famous architectural names to present their vision of a chapel as a space for contemplation. Not being a religious person and –...

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Biennale – Arsenale

Every two years it seems as if a religious event has occurred in Venice. Architects form all over the globe take the pilgrimage route to converge to this sacred place. The occasion, of course, is the famous Architectural Biennale – the showcase of the best & the...

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Decisions, decisions…

Although, building a house is not exactly a rocket science, it is definitely not a walk to the park either. The whole process takes decisions to be made. And there are many. At a time it seems it is just an endless stream of them. And they vary. A lot. A client...

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Playfulness

An email to my clients: Dear … During yesterday’s phone call, you mentioned having second thoughts about the ramp toward the kid’s room. It might have been that it was just a non-important remark from your side. Never the less, I have to admit it touched me. Thinking...

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#architectslife

Passionate about one’s work.What more can one desire.For years now, I shared my day-to-day events from a life of an architect. And I always felt kind of sad, that those memorable moments that define and inspire me, inevitable go into oblivion down the endless Facebook...

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A pullover worth 10.000 Euros

Our homes had become sophisticated machines, designed to protect us from the environment. They are energy efficient, some of them to the point, that they even produce more energy than they consume. They are designed to cover every function and support any activity we...

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Hots and cools

Deerubbin Conference 2016NSW, Australiagood architecture and good people all together 43:07:15 The time it took me from my garage at home in Slovenia to the door of my hotel room in Sydney.   Over 150 participans have been welcomed to Australia by Aboriginal elder –...

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A compromise

Damn! I felt frustrated. It was a beautiful, sunny, late fall weekend. I decided to used it to catch up with the thousand tasks outside the house, that had been pilling up for quite some time now and had to be done before the arrival of the winter. But while I was...

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Florence – Sketchbook Blog

As the kids grow, traveling with them becomes more and more fun.I always find it deeply fulfilling to be able to show them a rich variety of places and cultures. But there is also a big downside to that. Being occupied over hundred percent all the time, one can hardly...

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Last touches photo blog

When a doorbell is mounted, one can be pretty sure that a construction is finally coming to an end.     It is a pure joy every time I visit this building site. Although not finished yet, there are so many beautiful details to be seen. I simply had to gather – at least...

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Payoff ?!

… or why best architects’ work comes for free? I am often amazed how much time some people are prepared to invest into a buying process of a 20.000€ car. A car that, eventually, in 5-10 year time they would replace with a new one. While on the other hand, when it...

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Why?

For quite some time now, I have been struggling to find a simple, articulated answer to the question “Why?”   What is my purpose on the field of architecture?Why I choose to become an architect in the first place?What is the higher purpose of the efforts I put into my...

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Mockups

“In manufacturing and design, a mockup, or mock-up, is a scale or full-size model of a design or device, used for teaching, demonstration, design evaluation, promotion, and other purposes.”Source: Wikipedia Dimensions could be very deceiving. While drawing on the...

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Raw beauty

Oscar Niemeyer loved it.Le Courbusier adored it.Frank Lloyd Wright trusted it with his life. You have probably guessed by now, that I am talking about the CONCRETE.     When discovered, constructions, that were before unimaginable, suddenly become possible....

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Guidelines

There is a story behind every house.An essence.Parti.Something, that is the focal point of the project. Something that gives it its character.A uniques, if you will.In case of House D there are four, equally strong points, that served me as a fundamental guidelines...

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Contractor on a white horse

“Which one would you choose?” I was deep into some small talk, enjoying a relaxed evening with my clients with a glass of delicious red wine in my hand, when the question abruptly brought me back to our initial topic. “Uhm… well…” Fits into a millimeter.  If everybody...

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Slow architecture

Many people, friends, prosperous clients,… are asking me, why I use the term “SLOW ARCHITECTURE”. It is simple. I found out, that for a creative process I need TIME. Plenty of it, in fact. Sometimes, an inspired-by-a-moment sketch on the napkin, is all it is needed....

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Liechtenstein & Vorarlberg

Beautiful architecture, fantastic construction details, pleasant people… Just returned from the study trip to Liechtenstein and Austria’s Vorarlberg and I am still felling overwhelmed by everything we have seen. Trip was organized by CIPRA (International Commission...

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Good enough

“… even when everyone around you tells you that it is fine. You know, deep down inside you, when something is not good enough. And there is only one solution… go back to your drawing board and do it better!”     Sometimes, I have the feeling that Glenn Murcutt cursed...

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You Asked for an Proposal

Dear Mr. / Ms. / Mrs.   I am very glad and would like to thank you for considering me to be your architect of choice. There are many architects around, some of them really fine ones, so even that invitation alone, is a great honor and means a great deal to me.    ...

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H House… Ups & Downs & Joys of the Design Process

‘Oh gosh! No way this is going to work.’ Living room staircase detail on the 1:100 model.   I was staring down at the photos of some quasi-modern-looking-ugly-as-hell houses, that my prospect clients showed me as an example of the type of the house they have had...

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Evolution

Most creative minds agree, that a superb solutions feature an amazing level of simplicity. They appear clear and logical. So logical, one might even wonder why it took it so long to come to that. Since it is so simple and obvious, it is only logical to expect, that...

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Form follows emotion

Thank god for women!   Juicy Salif, citrus-squeezer designed by Philippe Starck, produced by Alessi   I guess, architects would be in big trouble, if there would not be for a feminine part of the usual clients’ duo. Men, for most cases, are rational functionalists....

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Textures

Alenka and me joined a group of fellow architects for a two days trip to Zagreb (capital of Croatia). The aim was, to visit some of the architecture highlights from the area. And here is what we saw… …this photo blog represents just one, of many possible, point of...

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GMMC first hand experience

One of the leading Slovenian online architectural resources – Trajekt  has asked me to write about my experience of GMMC.   Since those two weeks of July, 2011, I have spent down under, proved to be one of the most significant and pleasurable weeks and a pivotal point...

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Design Sale

Are you familiar with Le’ Courbusier LC 4 resting chair, Tizio lamp, Arne’s The Ant Chair or Starck’s Juicy Salif lemon squeezer? Does names such as Moroso, Alessi, Kartell, Vitra, etc. ring any bells?Does your heart beat speed up (not because of a high price tag!)...

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Carst

Carst (Kras in Slovene) is a region that has always fascinated me with its specific nature, diverse climate, stone architecture and – most of all – some special kind of tranquility, hard to describe, but easy to feel.     Therefore, when an opportunity arose to design...

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Paris

I love Paris! From the first moment I have stepped out of the train at Gare du Nord on my first trip to Europe. I have been just a kid back then, a teenager. But I clearly remember the fascination which has overwhelmed me. And it was growing with every step thru the...

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Layers

It was a hot summer evening on a seaside terrace, sun slipping behind the horizon and kids already asleep, when I noticed a beautifully layered scenery across the Piranese bay…Just grabbed my sketchbook and draw a few quick-few-seconds sketches. Nothing fancy, but I...

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Alvar Aalto

It has been, while working at AB (Ljubljana based architectural office) during my architectural study, that I have come across Alvar Aalto’s opus for the first time.     We have been working on some competition project and I have used every minute, I was able to...

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Process

Sometimes – rarely, but sometimes – you draw a first sketch on a napkin and it essentialy does not change during the creative and planning process. It does not mean, that you don’t try other options and variations – just to be sure. But usually you just know, that you...

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Glenn

Last week, an exhibition of an architect Glenn Murcutt opened in MAO (Museum of Architecture and Design) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I am using the occasion to post some of the Glenn Murcutt’s quotes – something, I have been preparing to do for quite some time now.    ...

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Plot of Land

Today, I have been lucky, to be able to visit an amazingly beautiful plot of land somewhere in the hills of western part of Slovenia. It would be a privilege to be trusted to make an architecture for this place. Clients, a couple with two kids – really nice and warm...

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Attitude

One could tell from the very beginning, that our trip to Copenhagen would not be an ordinary one. We have had missed the plane… for 24 hours!!!   Monkey designed by Kay Boyasen   Not that that would stop us. I have been waiting for our Christmas trip to Copenhagen...

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Tower Bridge

    I had visited England for the first time while I was still in secondary school. With two friends, we jumped on opportunity and went to a farm near Cambridge to pick up cucumbers. At the time, beside the fact, thaw we were not only young but very young!, we were...

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