Plečnik House


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Plečnikova hiša
Karunova 4 and 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 280 1600
Fax386 (0) 1 280 1605
Managed byMuseum and Galleries of Ljubljana
 Municipality of Ljubljana
Ana Porok, Curator
Phone386 (0) 1 241 2530
Maja Kovač, Public relations
Phone386 (0) 1 241 2538, 386 (0) 70 551 961
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Past Events

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Now a small yet highly intriguing museum, the Plečnik House is the former abode of Jože Plečnik (1872–1957), one of the most important and certainly the most well known Slovene architect. As of 1974 devoted to this European architectural great, the museum houses the collection of Plečnik's personal artefacts as well as (since 2015) a study centre and an exhibition on the architect's life and work. However, the house itself is a testament in its own right, having been used as some sort of a prototype ground by its illustrious owner.

A thoroughly renovated complex of the two houses and an adjacent garden with a lapidarium, together with the entire inventory of furniture and other objects used by Plečnik, is since 2010 managed by the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana. Plečnik House was among the recipients of the European Union's Cultural Heritage Award / Europa Nostra for 2018. It won the award in the category of Education, training and raising awareness.


The collection contains extensive archives of architect's sketches, plans, correspondences, and other documents.

The core of the materials is exhibited in the cylindrical annex which Plečnik added to his brother's old house between 1923 and 1925. A few years later he had an entrance hall added to the northern side of the house and a winter garden to the southern side. The authentic interiors are preserved just as Plečnik created them, with his own original design of furniture and a wealth of small objects. A spacious garden completes the Plečnik property on the western side of the building.

Since the extensive renovation in 2015 a permanent exhibition, focused on architect's life and work, is on display in the adjacent corner building. A study centre is set in the first floor of the house.

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Background and renovation

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Plečnik lived and worked in (and on) this house from 1921 until his death. After Plečnik's death in 1957, the large collection of the architect's plans and correspondence was entirely preserved by his nephew Karel Matković.

In 1970 the house was sold to the City of Ljubljana together with its contents. Two years later the city municipality used it to house the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana. In 1992 most of its departments were moved to the renovated Fužine Castle, where it now runs as the Museum of Architecture and Design. However, the Plečnik Collection remained at the Plečnik House and since 2010 the site is managed by Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML).

In September 2013 MGML started a thorough renovation of the house and its surroundings, with the design and planning taken care of by Arrea Architecture. Their subtle and complex approach earned Arrea Architecture the Plečnik Medal 2016, the Piranesi Award 2016, and the nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.


The newly founded museum itself was also the subject of various awards and prizes – the aforementioned Plečnik and Piranesi awards 2016 for architecture, the Stele Award for conservation and the Valvasor Award 2015 for unique achievements in the field of museology. In 2017 it got nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA). In 2018 it won the Europa Nostra Award, Europe’s top honour in the field of cultural heritage.

UNESCO nomination

The Czech and Slovene Ministries of Culture submitted the Plečnik's urban planning and architectural works in Ljubljana and Prague on the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list in January 2015. In 2018, Slovenia is going to conceive the nomination of Plečnik's heritage anew, as the Czech partner withdrew.

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