National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Contact person: Prof. Dr. Irena Ograjenšek, irena.ograjensek@ef.uni-lj.si
  • Year of implementation:
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Slovenia
  • Region: Osrednjeslovenska regija
  • Town: Ljubljana
  • Impact:

    Total costs: EUR

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    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved support for the development of small business operators in the area of blocks of flats.
    2. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. The National Assembly Building of the Republic of Slovenia (in Slovenian: Stavba Državnega zbora Republike Slovenije) is a modernist palace in the capital city of Ljubljana housing the legislature of Slovenia. Built between 1954 and 1959 by the Slovenian architect Vinko Glanz, the National Assembly Building is located in the Square of the Republic in the city centre of Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. Despite its name, the building houses both the National Assembly (lower house) and the National Council (upper house) of the legislature; however, the upper house has a primarily advisory role. Before the constitutional reforms of 1992, the building was known as the “Skupščina”, after the name (Skupščina Socialistične Republike Slovenije) of the tricameral communist-era legislature. It is also colloquially referred to as the “Parlament”. The four-story building is externally relatively austere. The façade is covered in Karst marble, with green granite from Oplotnica below the windows. The only decorative element is the main portal, supported by five pilasters enclosing four double oak doors, which support a mass of intertwined sculptures by Karel Putrih and Zdenko Kalin, depicting scenes from everyday life, focusing both on work activities in the realm of farming, fishing, shipbuilding, industry, etc. as well as family life and children plays. The center of the building is occupied by the 422 m2, 150 seat Great Hall, where the lower house convenes. Formerly rectangular, it was renovated into an amphitheater in 2000. The Small Hall on the ground floor houses the upper house. Renovations und upgrades in the building are ongoing; both of exterior, interior, infrastructure and technical equipment with the goal of supporting the legislative process in the best possible working environment.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. The building has been registered as immobile cultural heritage with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. The building is a prime example of modernist architecture with distinct intertwined sculptures around the main portal.

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
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    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. No attempts to this effect were necessary – territorial cohesion in this part of the city has been achieved a long time ago, with the Square of the Republic’s landmarks (National Assembly, Maximarket, NLB) forming one of the focal points of Ljubljana’s and Slovenia’s political life (Slovenian independence was formally declared and celebrated in the Square of the Republic in June 1991).

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. Yes, but not in the framework of this initiative.

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. The building still serves the purpose for which it was originally designed. However, renovations und upgrades in the building are ongoing; both of exterior, interior, infrastructure and technical equipment with the goal of supporting the legislative process in the best possible working environment while at the same time preserving original architectural elements of a building that has a long time ago became one of the landmarks of Ljubljana and Slovenia.

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.dz-rs.si/wps/portal/Home/ODrzavnemZboru/ObisciteNas/ZgradbaDrzavnegaZbora