Open House Slovenia

13th OHS Festival: ARCHITECTURE IN A NEW REALITY

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.


Exhibition: Experiencing Architecture

As in previous years, we organized a large architectural exhibition called »Experiencing Architecture« in a public park – park Tivoli in Ljubljana. The official opening with a guided tour took place on April 20, 2022.

The experience in space is as inevitable as the words we use to address our neighbours. The easiest way to learn from experience is to understand and extract meaning, form a memory or even create a new idea. Experience means better understanding. Personal experience in architecture can have a significant impact on our future decisions about how we live, what we build or renovate, where and at what cost.

The exhibition opened walls and presented the relationships between houses, residents and architects. 45 architectural projects by more than 65 architects and architectural offices were presented, accompanied by statements from residents, architects and managers, as well as original photographs by renowned photographers.

We designed the exhibition as a conversation between people and architecture. It allowed us to look behind the façades of buildings as critically minded architectural enthusiasts, clients, art researchers, or as curious visitors and decision makers.

The exhibition will be on display again in September 2022 on Gallusovo nabrežje in the centre of Ljubljana.


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 openhouseworldwide.org

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.

WOOD ARCHITECTURE TODAY FOR TOMORROW

Open House Slovenia cordially invites you to the exhibition Wood Architecture Today for Tomorrow at Jakopič Promenade in Tivoli Park in Ljubljana from February 15th to April 30th, 2021.

Outstanding projects by Slovenian architects and construction engineers are put on display on 80 panels, showcasing innovative, sustainable and inspiring use of wood in building construction and interior design. The sponsors of the exhibition are the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology – Wood Industry Directorate and SPIRIT Slovenia, Public Agency, in cooperation with Alfa Natura d. o. o., Bauta d. o. o., CBD d. o. o., Eko koncept d. o. o., Lumar IG d. o. o., Marles d. o. o., M Sora d. d., Riko Hiše d. o. o., Silvaprodukt d. o. o. and Tourism Ljubljana.

Foto: Nebojša Tejić

Also exhibited will be the winning projects of the Top Wood Building Award in 2020, awarded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology – Wood Industry Directorate and SPIRIT Slovenia, public agency. Other projects include the nominees of the Mies van der Rohe 2022 awards and the works by the 2021 Prešeren Fund awards, the architectural bureaus Jereb and Budja arhitekti.

Foto: Nebojša Tejić

The types of buildings on display are extremely varied, ranging from school buildings and sports halls to family homes, apartment blocks and tourist apartments – all featuring wood in a variety of ways.

The increasing use of wood is an indicator of a growing awareness of the importance of sustainable, well designed buildings. With the right choice of wood, construction type and method, wooden constructions can fulfil the standards of modern sustainable buildings, decreasing environmental impact. During its growth and use, wood stores CO2. In addition, wood processing uses less energy than other types of materials. Wood construction is faster, more energy efficient and more user-friendly than traditional building methods.

Wood buildings have a positive influence on our well-being and offer a high degree of living comfort. Education in these buildings fosters creativity and learning motivation.

Foto: Nebojša Tejić

Nowadays it is increasingly important to recognise the value of quality built space which develops aesthetical and functional standards of dwelling culture in harmony with the state-of-the-art technology, environment and climate change. The European Commission initiative “The New European Bauhaus”, which aims to accelerate the green transformation, also sees architects and architecture as the pivotal force of the transition to a more sustainable economy and society.

Foto: Nebojša Tejić

OHS links sustainability to outstanding architecture and offers practical solutions for a life in symbiosis with nature. The use of wood in architecture and interior design is the right answer for a green future, and for a better, greener and more humane 21st century.

Foto: Nebojša Tejić