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Celica Youth Hostel ŠOU

The Celica hostel is a colourful, airy place for young travellers to stay the night(s), as well as an open museum and a cultural centre featuring over 100 events annually. The process, not only renovation, but architectural and artistic transformation of the old Austro-Hungarian military prison, took 10 years to complete. The main challenge was how to transform the once closed prison into a space of freedom. Every room/cell now conveys no more than a reminiscence of the former prison.

AWARDS / Plaketa mesta Ljubljana, 2004, MOL Zlati sejalec, 2005, STO Zlati svinčnik, 2005, ZAPS Najbolj izviren hostel na svetu, »The hippest hostel in the world«, 2006, Lonely Planet

Project information

Year of completion:
Golden pencil 2005
Accesible for people with mobility impairments.


Main architect / Office:
Odprti krog, Jiri Kočica
Janko Rožič, Žiga Okorn, Jiri Kočica, Vesna Krmelj, Ira Zorko, Aleksander S. Ostan, Gašper Drašler
Other participants:

Nataša Pavlin

Matej Bizovičar

Roman Makše

Boštjan Novak

Dragica Čadež

Irena Brunec

Franc Purg

Jirij Bezlaj

Odprti krog – references



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