The design of the house is based on the traditional rules of site-architecture. The shape is adapted to the surroundings, respecting its volumetric parameters.
house and spaces
All uses and spaces are displayed on the ground-floor and in the basement, creating dynamic and continuous movements through them, but respecting the privacy and correct working of each room. The facade is developed not only as a closing wall, but as an interactive object instead. Supporting uses such as storage, illumination or part of the kitchen, it allows all activities to happen in the centre of the space, where the light comes from both the vertical and ceiling windows.
The empty and forgotten semi-basement space in the 19th century Ljubljana corner building, which faces the riverside and a rarely frequented stairs-street, housed diverse ventures in the past, from a local butcher shop to a wholesale wine store.
Instead of a dull list of technical requirements, we received our brief one Saturday morning in the form of a full course brunch, where the chef laid out the whole menu to be served in the future bistro. This delicious introduction helped us understand the identity of the food, the importance of its preparation and the complexity of the brunch ritual.
This video is a 3-day experiment during a workshop at RCR Arquitectes in Olot, Spain. The excuse was to revisit and subvert the use of some of RCR buildings. Visiting some of their futuristic spaces inspired me to film a low-cost science fiction. Lack of time and resources forced me to appear as an “actor” too (a lousy one!) in order to be able to establish a dialogue between two characters.
Video filmed and edited during the 3rd International Audiovisual and Photography Workshop. Hosted by RCR Arquitectes, Espai Barberí, Olot. From 17th to 28th August 2015.
The invitation by Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O. from Rome to design their exhibition display for Design Miami / Basel 2017 was an exceptional challenge for Dekleva Gregorič architects (http://dekleva-gregoric.com) to reconsider the conventional approach of showcasing selected modern and contemporary collector’s design objects. The project pursues the concept of fluid contemporary living through a circular system of space organization in order to highlight the specific context of each unique design piece.
Following the mission and given selection of design pieces of the gallery, the project builds on bringing together the historically-recognized objects and the contemporary production of exclusively commissioned design pieces establishing multiple levels of reading of the juxtaposed set-up.
The two main design assets from two distinctive design periods, Sottsass’ monument-like tower-furniture “La casa con la Bambina Cinese” from 1962 and Grcic’s recently designed concrete table with lamp “Magliana”, are forming the foreground of the presentation, each one exhibited within its own space-defining circle: the black mesh curtain for Grcic and black carpet for Sottsass.
The project responds to ‘Reporting from the Front’ by addressing the topics of home and dwelling as current, critical social and environmental issues. The curators conceived a 1:1 site-specific inhabitable spatial wooden structure, an abstract compact home performing as a curated library that operates as a platform for exploring the concepts of home and dwelling during the exhibition and beyond. Invited architects, artists, critics and curators from various backgrounds are participating with their selection of some 10 books addressing the notions of home and dwelling to share their experience and expertise ‘from their fronts’ in order to build the curated library of collective knowledge. Ultimately, the installation with around 300 books will relocate to the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, to be continually available for public use. The installation [Home at Arsenale] reflects the curators’ approach to thinking and making architecture, underlining its social position, material manifestation and architectural legacy, where the user experience and participation are the central objectives.
commissioner Matevž Čelik, Museum of Architecture and Design
curators Aljoša Dekleva / Tina Gregorič, Dekleva Gregorič architects (http://www.dekleva-gregoric.com)
project Dekleva Gregorič architects
project team Aljoša Dekleva / Tina Gregorič / Silvia Susanna / Lea Kovič / Martina Marčan / Naia Sinde / Vid Zabel
graphic design and visual identity Ajda Schmidt
Codina family has been forging for the last 112 years.
Grandfather Codina started the company in 1903, followed by his son, later his grandson Rafel (the star of this film), and now the great-grandson Pol continues his own path within the craft.
They took me all around the region to show me pieces forged by all 4 generations. I also spent some time with them in their workshop in Mataró, near Barcelona, where I shot a bit of their work and skills.