a+u 2009:03 Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia
Cover: Sea Organ by Nikola Bašić. Photo: Damir Fabijanić.
Feature: Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia
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Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia
Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from theSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991. Located on the Balkan Peninsula and surrounded by countries such as Italy, Austria, and Hungary, they have had politically and culturally complex histories. Independence brought both new hope for the young states and painful readjustments amid the transition to new economic and social systems. Against this background, young architects have set out on a journey in which they are coming to terms with new realities as they work to define new core domains for culture and society.This issue introduces the work of nine offices in Croatia andSlovenia. In contrast to regions where the news is dominated by spectacular commissions to international star architects, the architectural scene here is characterized by skillful reinterpretations from architects who are firmly rooted in the climate, landscape, traditions, and lifestyles of their homelands. Important contributions are expected from them toward the development of their countries.Slovenia became a member of the European Union in 2004 and Croatia is a candidate aiming to join in 2010. This will open up a wider stage to these architects and bring a further evolution in their work as they cooperate with architects from other counties. Already featured in numerous journals and exhibitions, the architecture of Croatia and Slovenia is now poised to become a force on the global stage.
Essay: Contemporary Croatian Architecture – Experiment and Pragmatism
Maroje Mrduljaš Randić-Turato Arhitekti Elementary School Fran Krsto Frankopan Pope John Paul II Hall njirić+ arhitekti Medo Brundo Kindergarten 3LHD Sports/City Hall Bale J2 House STUDIO UP GYMNASIUM 46º09’N/16º50’E
Matevž Čelik bevk perović arhitekti House D House SB Ofis Arhitekti Apartments on the Coast Shopping Roof Apartments Tetris Apartments Enota Termalija Hotel Sotelia dekleva gregorič arhitekti XXS House Metal Recycling Plant Sadar Vuga Arhitekti Apartment House Gradaška