Plečnik in person

Jože Plečnik, Križanke, Ljubljana.
Plečnik decorated some of his works with inscriptions. One of such works can be found in Križanke.

Anyone living in Ljubljana encounters Plečnik’s work every day. His works are an inextricable part of the city’s soul, radiating elegance and perfection in their surroundings, thus enriching it. This is how I experienced them myself – as bright spots of the urban fabric, as something that is always worth stopping by, as it might reveal something new and beautiful.

It has always seemed to me that Plečnik’s works speak best for themselves. So, considering that Plečnik’s architecture is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Denis and I decided to pay our respects to the master with some photographs. This is probably one of the most beautiful posts you will see on this blog.

Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana, NUK
The NUK (National and University Library) façade is a varied structure built in a colourful contrast between parts made of brick and parts carved out of stone.
Jože Plečnik, National library, Ljubljana
The famous horses on the door handle in NUK.
Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, Jože Plečnik, Slovenija
Plečnik placed spheres on the balustrades of the Triple Bridge, which give the impression to passers-by that they are never alone on the bridge.
Cobbler's Bridge, Ljubljana, Jože Plečnik
One of Plečnik’s favourite architectural elements was the column. He used columns even if they did not support anything, for example on Čevljarski most (Cobbler’s Bridge).
Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana, Slovenija
The motif of columns is often repeated and creates a beautiful rhythm.
Jože Plečnik, Žale, Ljubljana
The beautiful pattern on the façade of the former carpentry workshops in Žale, created from various materials.
 Church of St Michael in the Marsh, Jože Plečnik
The columns in the Church of St Michael in the Marsh are made of sewer pipe and painted with patterns.
 Church of St Michael in the Marsh, Jože Plečnik
The Church of St Michael in Črna vas is made of local, inexpensive materials, and has a very original concept and design.
 carpentry workshops in Žale, Plečnik, Ljubljana
Jože Plečnik is depicted on the fresco of the façade of the former carpentry workshops in Žale.
Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana
Plečnik believed in the Etruscan origin of the Slovenes, so he liked to use Etruscan elements. The photo shows Etruscan vessels with griffins, placed on low Doric columns.
Jože Plečnik, Žale, Slovenija
Plečnik liked to create depth of space with multi-layered architecture.
Jože Plečnik, tombstone, Žale
Plečnik designed him tombstone himself.
Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana
Details of Plečnik’s architecture often surprise us.
Church of St Francis of Assisi, Ljubljana, Slovenija
Plečnik created everything from urban plans to typography. The chandelier in the Church of St Francis of Assisi is one of his masterpieces.
Peglezn, Ljubljana, Jože Plečnik
The mast in front of Peglezen is in the colours of the Slovenian flag.
Jože Plečnik Gymnasium, Slovenija, Ljubljana
The staircase in the Gimnazija Jožeta Plečnika (Jože Plečnik Gymnasium) reflects the fact that Plečnik was a master of stringing details in space.
tobacco shop, Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana
Plečnik designed three newspaper and tobacco shops in Ljubljana. This one is located on Hrvatski trg (Croatian Square).
Vzajemna, Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana
With its exterior, the building on the Vzajemna Insurance Company symbolises what lies within.
Devil's Courtyard, Jože Plečnik, Ljubljana
Plečnik used sewer pipes to create the pavement of Peklensko dvorišče (Devil’s Courtyard), which he cut off and filled with stones.

Photo credit: Denis Simčič

 

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