Communicating Modern Architecture
At the beginning of this year, members of the interdisciplinary group Garnitura began to re-work the material on Jože Plečnik beyond surface-level interpretations. The search for their own reflection on the architect’s work began with his humanistic approach towards architecture and his holistic intervention in the urban fabric of Ljubljana, namely in the so-called water and land axes. Garnitura has recognised vernacular gestures within Plečnik’s work which he used – often subtly and in a user-centred way – to replace existing structures and buildings.
Metal plates with QR codes are marking 20 points of Plečnik’s paths through Ljubljana; May 2022. View on Google Maps ↗
Adam Štěch, an architectural historian and co-founder of the creative group OKOLO, has mentored Garnitura. By drawing on Plečnik’s profoundly human vision for the city of Ljubljana, the team communicates and translates his architectural legacy to contemporary context using several different means.
The team set up markers with a QR code to highlight monuments along the water and land axes. The markers redirect the visitor to Garnitura’s web page with content related to Plečnik’s distinctive approach to design. The team took inspiration from Plečnik’s fundamental interest in shape and form to create ceramics, wooden toys and printed textiles, while their creative photographic documentation explores and exposes today’s interventions in the architect’s monuments. All of the above is brought together in the project webpage and a booklet that presents and connects different products through a multi-layered design.
More of the action also takes place in Plečnik’s renovated kiosk on Tromostovje. During BIO27, they are staging pop-up shops, workshops, and host other production groups from the biennial there. But most importantly the kiosk is a starting point for guided walks along Plečnik’s axes.
Garnitura section of
BIO27 Exhibition at MAO
Photo: Klemen Ilovar / MAO
Renovation of Plečnik’s kiosk at Prešeren Square.
Photo: Lin Gerkman / Garnitura
Ceramic vase design system, inspired by Plečnik’s architectural details
Maruša Mazej, Brina Steblovnik
Locally sourced clay, 2022
Wooden building blocks, inspired by Plečnik’s architectural details
Miha Gašperin, Wood, 2022
Walks, Guided tours along the Plečnik's axis
Photo: Ourania Agoranou / MAO
Pop-Up Exhibitions at Plečnik’s Kiosk
Photo: Lin Gerkman / MAO
Grains for Brains
Delving into the ‘world of grains’, team Robida.plus based in the remote Alpine village Topolò is drawing on Slovenia’s rich cultural, agricultural and culinary heritage to redesign the Slovenian tradition of buckwheat use.
Water – Designing a Biovernacular
Pjorkkala is addressing the problem of pollution in natural water sources in Slovenia by creating prototypes for local, nature-based solutions.
Design collective Krater is developing ongoing research into rammed earth architecture to create a teahouse that is situated on the crater-like construction site in the heart of Ljubljana occupied by Krater.
Regenerative Cultural Production
Futuring utilises the biennial to interrogate its future; to observe, source, and examine the existing sustainable practices in cultural production. The outcome will be an open-source toolkit to enable cultural institutions and designers to reduce their work’s environmental impact.