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Brezje Open Altar

The square with the open altar follows the concept by Jože Plečnik from the late 1930s, but the orientation of the square has been shifted. The main feature – the altar itself – is placed on the long side of the square in order to maximize the communication between the priest and the congregation. New elements touch the perimeter wall of the square, while the service spaces are located behind it, to keep them away from the view. When the altar is closed, the square is dominated by the church; however, by opening the large dark altar door, the altar comes to the fore and emits a warm glow.

Project information

Year of completion:
408 m2
Plečnik's award 2009, Award Piranesi 2008
Frančiškanski samostan Brezje
Accesible for people with mobility impairments.


Main architect / Office:
Arrea arhitektura
Arrea arhitektura, Maruša Zorec, Martina Tepina
Landscape architecture:
dr. Aleš Mlakar, Nika Cigoj
Miran Kambič
Other contractors and suppliers:

Celarc d.o.o. (mechanical installations)

Eldata d.o.o. (electrical installations)

Arrea arhitektura – references

Cultural projects