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Feature:
Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia
 
Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991. Located on theBalkan Peninsula and surrounded by countries such as Italy,Austria, and Hungary, they have had politically and culturallycomplex histories. Independence brought both new hope forthe young states and painful readjustments amid the transitionto new economic and social systems. Against this background,young architects have set out on a journey in which they arecoming to terms with new realities as they work to define newcore domains for culture and society.
 
This issue introduces the work of nine offices in Croatia and Slovenia. In contrast to regions where the news is dominatedby spectacular commissions to international star architects,the architectural scene here is characterized by skillfulreinterpretations from architects who are firmly rooted in theclimate, landscape, traditions, and lifestyles of their homelands.Important contributions are expected from them toward thedevelopment of their countries.
 
Slovenia became a member of the European Union in 2004 andCroatia is a candidate aiming to join in 2010. This will open upa wider stage to these architects and bring a further evolution intheir work as they cooperate with architects from other counties.Already featured in numerous journals and exhibitions, thearchitecture of Croatia and Slovenia is now poised to become aforce on the global stage.
 
Essay: Contemporary Croatian Architecture Experiment and Pragmatism
Maroje Mrdulja
 
Randi-Turato Arhitekti
Elementary School Fran Krsto Frankopan
Pope John Paul II Hall
 
njiri+ arhitekti
Medo Brundo Kindergarten
 
3LHD
Sports/City Hall Bale
J2 House
 
STUDIO UP
GYMNASIUM 4609'N/1650'E
 
Essay: Crossbreeding
Matev elik
 
bevk perovi arhitekti
House D
House SB
 
Ofis Arhitekti
Apartments on the Coast
Shopping Roof Apartments
Tetris Apartments
 
Enota
Termalija
Hotel Sotelia
 
dekleva gregori arhitekti
XXS House
Metal Recycling Plant
 
Sadar Vuga Arhitekti
Apartment House Gradaka