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Apače farewell chapel and Museum of ethnology and sacral heritage

The farewell chapel/museum is placed along the ontological axis between the city of living (east/morning) and the city of dead (west/evening). Its horizontality responds to Pannonian plain and reflects its contemplative character, while its trapezoid form plays with the principles of perspective inside and outside the building. A colonnade connects the building (solid) and the square (void) with their complementary geometries. Here, where people face eternal questions of life and death, the authors aimed to create a bright atmosphere of hope.

Project information

Location of the project:
Apače 68, Apače
Year of completion:
230 m2
nominacija za nagrado Piranesi 2018
Municipality Apače
Accesible for people with mobility impairments.


Main architect / Office:
Atelje Ostan Pavlin
Aleksander S. Ostan, Nataša Pavlin, Saša Malenšek, Jerko Gluščević
Aleksander S. Ostan, Nataša Pavlin, Jerko Gluščević, Matej Metlikovič
Landscape architecture:
Jana Kozamernik
Virginia Vrecl
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Main contractor:
GMW d.o.o.
Other contractors and suppliers:

Baumit d.o.o. (Facades and insulation)

Mizarstvo Košak d.o.o. (Windows, doors)

Tišlerija d.o.o. (Furnishings)

Tišlerija d.o.o. (Lighting)

Murexin d.o.o. (Building materials)

Atelje Ostan Pavlin – references

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