Open House Europe

The beginning of March will mark the launch of Open House Europe, a new international collaboration project. The project will embrace a more inclusive debate about architecture and strengthen the role of architecture as a positive change-maker addressing relevant social and environmental challenges. The launch event will be hosted by the project coordinator Architektūros fondas at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 3.

The concept of Open House originated in 1992 in London to promote a better understanding of architecture for the public. At the heart of this idea is accessible learning through direct experience of the buildings themselves and interactions between professionals and citizens. Since 1992, almost 50 cities worldwide have adopted this unique format.

Open House Milano 2018. Photo by Luca Rotondo © Courtesy of Open House Milano

To improve and expand this format, a new collaborative project was initiated by 11 European cultural organisations that annually organise 12 Open House events in Athens, Bilbao, Brno, Dublin, Essen, Lisbon, Milan, multiple cities in Slovenia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Thessaloniki, and Vilnius. The project will seek to include Open House festivals in other European cities and further knowledge exchange by collaborating with the extended Open House Worldwide network.

The three-year project will focus each year on a new direction: sustainability, accessibility and inclusion, and future heritage. These thematic axes will allow Open House Europe to shape the agenda for a debate about contemporary and heritage architecture, its values and quality. The objectives of the project are aimed at introducing collaborative modes of knowledge sharing, strengthening the position of architecture culture organisations in the sector, promoting education about exceptional examples of architecture and urban environments, engaging audiences, and increasing cultural accessibility.

Open House Stockholm 2022. Photo by Ina Andreolli © Courtesy of Open House Stockholm

The programme of Open House Europe will introduce a range of new activities and events that will be organised across the continent. The project will include Annual Summits in different European cities, a Volunteer Exchange Programme, a digital platform, and a range of innovations in the Open House festivals. The visitors will be able to take part in open calls for visual stories that will encourage them to explore and interpret the annual Open House Europe themes through their own experiences and knowledge gained during the Open House weekends.

The launch event of Open House Europe promises to be an informative and inspiring experience for architects, cultural specialists, and the general public. It will provide insights into the aims and objectives of the project and further explain its programme. The launch event will be available online via the Open House Europe Youtube channel on March 3 at 18:00 (GMT +2).

Project partners: Open House Athens, Open House Bilbao, Open House Brno, Open House Dublin, Open House Essen, Open House Lisboa, Open House Milano, Open House Slovenia, Open House Stockholm, Open House Tallinn, Open House Thessaloniki, Open House Vilnius.

Coordinator: Architektūros fondas

The project is co-funded by the European Union.

OHS – Happy 2023!

Dear OHS friends,

happy, open, sustainable, inspiring, green, inclusive forward to 2023!

At the end of the year, we thank you for visiting and supporting our programs in the past year.

Thank you for creating a better place with us.

OHS team


The largest festival of architecture, real estate and quality design, the Open House Slovenia (OHS), took place this year between 27 and 29 May. For the thirteenth time in a row, the festival opened the doors of good architecture and offered a diverse selection of new, renovated and other interesting buildings, which visitors could see for free under the expert guidance of architects, owners and users.

The theme of this year’s event was “ARCHITECTURE IN A NEW REALITY”. We wanted to encourage dialogue on the role and importance of architecture in times of great social and environmental change.

Guided tour of Hotel Maestoso in Lipica, foto: Enota

The times we live in are testing our civilization on very different levels. Our planet, society, economy, environment, culture and values ​​are changing faster than people can get used to and respond to. Architecture has a significant impact on the quality of life of the individual and society as a whole. With the OHS festival, we want to emphasize its important role, which can only be realized in society with a deep understanding of its mission.

Architecture and people are connected in a common, limited space. In the light of our experience of the last few years, when we have felt an even greater lack of connection and cooperation, the idea of ​​returning to the world before the pandemic is also being questioned. It seems that in the future we will have to plan and shape our world in a new, perhaps different way and in a broader context.

Architecture enables the solution of spatial problems and the design of spaces in new contexts. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic a new opportunity has arisen: to create an architectural and social vision of space based on inclusion, quality and sustainability. New ways of living, working and teaching, new infrastructures, new technologies, meeting energy needs, CO2 emissions and sustainability, new partnerships… All this requires reflection and the creation of new responses.

Architectural visit of Partial interior renovation of the administrative building of the Triglav insurance company, foto: Zala Koščak

As we await recovery, it would make sense to consider whether, instead of returning to life before the pandemic, we can discuss new solutions for a better and more sustainable living in the context of the new reality. Architecture and architects can help a lot. This is also pointed out by the European Commission’s “New European Bauhaus” initiative, aimed at accelerating the green transformation, which puts architecture at the forefront of the transition to a more sustainable economy and society.

Visiting offices Modra jagoda, foto: OHS

The programme of the three-day architectural festival this year opened the doors of selected apartments and family houses, educational institutions, kindergartens and schools, business buildings and modern work spaces, cultural institutions, libraries and creative spaces for artists, as well as several tourist facilities and sports buildings.

Architectural tour of Hotel Bohinj, foto: OHS

Guided tours of the buildings offer visitors a personal experience in architecture and reveal the process of planning, constructing and using buildings. They also present possible answers and principles that make buildings more environmentally and user-friendly, reveal the important connection between man and the planet, and highlight the impact of technology and responsibility for the future.

Open House Worldwide festival – HOUSING AND THE PEOPLE

Housing and the People, the second festival by Open House Worldwide, seeks global answers to what makes housing a home.

Open House Worldwide, the network of over fifty Open House organisations from around the world, will present Housing and the People on April 9th, 2022. It will be broadcast from 6am–6pm (UTC) on 9 April 2022 on YouTube. More information about the festival is available at

The virtual festival includes a 12-hour livestream with live tours of pioneering housing models from cities across the Open House Worldwide network, including Dublin, Lagos, London, Melbourne, New York, Oslo, Prague, Taiwan, Valencia, Vienna, and others.

The pandemic has turned the design of housing and neighbourhoods on its head, transforming perspectives and aspirations across the globe. Simultaneously, profound changes in technology, climate and social conventions are rewriting the rulebook of domestic life. As households the world-over shift in size, composition, values and dreams, how should the architecture of our homes and the layouts of our neighbourhoods evolve to match?

Housing and the People will explore these questions and more through real-time tours and conversations in bold and diverse housing projects from cities worldwide.

Highlights include:

  • The Colville Estate, a community-led neighbourhood renewal project in east London by Karakusevic Carson Architects (2011-ongoing)
  • The extraordinary hanging gardens of Espai Verd, a housing cooperative on the edge of Valencia (1992-94)
  • The cross-continental history of Lagos Island’s 19th century, neo-Brazilian inspired Water House(late 1800s)
  • The Senanayake Flatsin Colombo by Minnette de Silva, once the most famous female architect in the world (1957)
  • The public art and amenities of the mid-century Ďáblice Housing Estate, Prague (1962-83)
  • The radical Erlenmatt Ostartists’ cooperative in Basel (2019)
  • The vast idealism of New York’s Co-op City(1966-73)
  • The tranquil landscapes of Women’s Property Initiatives’affordable housing for older single women in Melbourne (2021)

Featured speakers and tour guides include architects Antonio Cortés Ferrando, Johannes Eggen and Farshid Moussavi; Housing Manager for Barcelona City Council, Javier Burón Cuadrado; and director of the National Housing and Urban Regeneration Center in Taiwan, Shih-We Liu.

Festival visitors will also enjoy more than thirty on-demand tours, debates and podcasts from across the Open House Worldwide network. Films from Buenos Aires, Lagos, London, Oslo, Seoul and others will explore historic and contemporary housing schemes and local approaches to housing issues.

The full programme for Housing and the People will be announced at the end of March.

Housing and the People is made possible with research and curatorial support from Karakusevic Carson Architects and an English-language media partnership with Dezeen.


The call for the Piranesi 2021 International Award and for the Piranesi 2021 International Honorary Student Award has been announced.

We kindly invite architects and students to aply their projects for 2021 Piranesi Award selection to their national or student selectors.

Piranesi Award awards best architectural realization and student work from the last two years, built in a Central Europe region. Participating countries are Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia. Participating faculties are Graz, Spittal, Vienna, Banja Luka, Sarajevo, Split, Zagreb, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Pescara, Trieste, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Maribor, Belgrade, Novi Sad and AA London.

Architects from above mentioned countries can apply for Piranesi Award through their national selector. Each national selector will select 5 realized architectural works, built up in last two years. Students from above mentioned Faculties of architecture can apply for the Piranesi student’s Honorable Mention through their faculty selector. Each student selector will select 2 realized or non-realized architectural works or project, designed in last two years.

Selectors have the right to give their own proposals. Selection is made every year at the end of October.

Nominated architects and students will be notified about their nomination through their national/faculty selector in due time. They will have to prepare their exhibition panel and send it via WeTransfer to organizer’s printing office.



A new Science Centre is planned to be built in Ljubljana by 2023 under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. The vision of the demonstration facility of state-of-the-art technological solutions and innovations is to stimulate curiosity, new ideas and innovation. It will be a crossroads of cooperation between science, education, economy and culture. The Science Centre will offer the opportunity to set up do-it-yourself and science promotion programs related to education, culture and the economy, encouraging young people to research, think and find answers, thus popularizing science, research and creativity. At the same time, the new building will enable all top solutions of Slovenian scientists and researchers to be presented in one place.

The Science Centre will help to accelerate the transfer of knowledge, technologies and innovations into practice, create new standards, raise awareness and expand the use of new technologies, as well as to obtain the first market references to the holders of new innovations.

Visualization of the new Science Centre: Dekleva Gregoric Architects

In 2018, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, in cooperation with Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, announced an international architectural competition, which ended in February 2019, with the selected first-prize winning solution by Dekleva Gregorič Architects.

Interior of the new Science Centre: Dekleva gregoric Architects

Involving and informing the public about the values of a quality built space is the basic mission of the aFront institute (organizes the Architectural Festival Open House Slovenia), which is a member of the program group for the construction of the Science Centre. Together with the investor (MIZŠ) and the producer of project documentation (Dekleva Gregorič arhitekti), we (aFront powered by GolemDigital) created a virtual presentation of the architectural design and key spaces of the Science Centre, in order to bring quality architecture to the general public.

The free application “We are building a new Science Centre” is also being prepared. With 360 ° views and an AR function, it will enable you to get to know the key spaces and architectural features of the new building on site. It will encourage the user to actively explore the built space in an interesting and modern way. The application represents one of the most innovative approaches to combining modern technology and presentation for educational purposes in Slovenia.


New Science Centre from the North: Dekleva Gregoric Architects

The following activities are currently underway:

  • preparation of project documentation, where the phases of IZP and IDP are completed, the phase of DGD begins
  • preparation of an amended draft of the municipal detailed spatial plan, which is ready for discussion at the City Council of the City of Ljubljana
  • preparation of investment documentation, where the preparation of the Pre-investment concept is completed.

Vizualization of the new Science Centre: Dekleva Gregoric Architects

Project information:

Investor: Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

Architects: Dekleva Gregorič architects Estimated year of construction: 2023

Size: 14,359 m2

Creative design, production of the application and virtual presentation: a_FRONT powered by Golem Digital

More information:


Dear visitors, explorers and supporters of Slovenian architecture!

As you know, the 11th OHS festival of quality architecture was scheduled to open the doors of outstanding buildings across Slovenia this following weekend. Over 100 exceptional architects sent in their works, over 100 homeowners and building managers were contacted, 200 presentations were written and 50 volunteers were standing by. Our six member jury selected the best quality works to be presented during this year’s festival called »Architecture for future generations«.

We were prepared, but the covid-19 emergency disrupted our plans.

Nevertheless we decided to inaugurate our online festival on April 17, 2020, at 5 pm.


If mass events can safely be held this autumn, the festival will take place from 25th to 27th September, 2020, when you will be invited to vote for your favourite architecture to be awarded the OHS AWARD.

We are looking forward to your online visit of the selected buildings.

Until a treatment or a vaccine against the coronavirus is available, the physical space of architecture and design will remain THE MOST EFFICIENT SOLUTION for a healthy life.


Dear friends and visitors of Open House Slovenia!

Due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus, we decided to postpone the festival. We want the festival to take place in a relaxed and healthy environment. The event is scheduled to take place from May 29 to May 31, 2020. We keep a close eye on the situation, so we will keep you informed about any changes.

Cities are one of the most important shared resources, that enable us to participate socially, meet and spontaneously interact, which is all fundamental to social life. This is not possible in the current situation, but we have no doubt that we will soon be able to meet again as residents, neighbours and researchers of architecture.

In the meantime, we invite you to visit our website and follow us on our social networks, and we will do our best to to bring you as much interesting content as possible.

Stay healthy and support people around you. When cities and buildings reopen, we will be with you again!

OHS team

ISA 2019: Immersive School Of Architecture

6 days, 6 mentors and respectful architecture in the focus

This workshop is a rare opportunity in Europe to be immersed in the field of respectful architectural practice. ISA 2019 will be a week of learning new skills and schools of thought that are essential in creating architecture that is responsive to both its people and its place. All while expanding professional networks and basking in the spectacular Triglav National Park.

Through focussed design projects, participants will be encouraged to consider the increasingly important tools for design, including an ability to ‘read’ the land and its inhabitants, understanding the relevance of composition in the landscape, a confidence in the potential for the use of natural and sustainable materials, and to design with the human scale as a priority. The week-long workshop will be led by tutors Richard Leplastrier, Maruša Zorec and Peter Stutchbury, globally renowned for their responsive, thoughtful and sensitive design, and will be supported by a curated selection of guest critics and professionals from the industry, like Aleš Vodopivec, Aleksander Ostan and Matej Gašperič.

The workshop will take place from 11 to 16 April at Trenta, Triglav National Park.

Admission: 515 € per participant.
Early birds admission: 305 € (valid until 20.1.2019).

The number of participants is limited due to the intimate nature of the workshop and the need to work in small teams.

For application or more information click HERE.

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