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Cankarjev dom

With an area of 36,000 square meters, Cankarjev dom is the largest cultural and congress center here and in the wider region. The building was planned by prof. Edvard Ravnikar, and it was built between 1972 and 1982. It is the last building erected as part of Republic Square; the greater part is underground, and the façade envelope made of single slabs of Carrara marble separates it from the surroundings. The beginning of lively events dates back to 1980, when the first events were held in the first completed Linhart Hall. Cankarjev dom was planned from the very beginning as a cultural and congress center in which all kinds of artistic and other events can be staged. This lively activity is already reflected on the outside: the silhouette of the building changes depending on the observer’s point of view. According to the architect Ravnikar, the architecture of Cankar’s home “destroys the traditional space and replaces it with a space without beginning and end, without back and front, without top and bottom…”.

In honor of Ravnikar’s year we will take a guided tour led by dr. Martina Malešič visited the halls and stages, walked through the connecting corridors and learned about the technical innovations and solutions that still enable the operation of the largest cultural and congress center in the country. We will finish the tour in the new Alma Karlin hall.

Project information

Location of the project:
Prešernova cesta 10, Ljubljana
Year of completion:
36.000 m2
Accesible for people with mobility impairments.


Main architect / Office:
Edvard Ravnikar
Edvard Ravnikar
Dragan Arrigler, Miran Kambič, Darja Štraus Tisu, Branko Cvetkovič

Edvard Ravnikar – references

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