1st Central-European Architectural Magazine for the Culture of the Environment

The Rog Centre, Ljubljana

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New Architecture / Piranesi 48/49

The Rog Centre, Ljubljana

BAX studio, Mendoza Partida studio

ROG - Ljubljana's creative epicentre

by Uroš Lobnik

The renovation of the former factory restores the building’s lost spatial qualities and exploits the potential of its exceptional urban location.

Photo: Ana Skobe

A bold concept for the redevelopment of the former tannery on the Ljubljanica riverbank, which after World War II housed the production facilities of the legendary Rog bicycle factory. After the company went out of business, the building remained vacant for several years, until its premises were squatted by various cultural creators. In 2015 the concept of the renovation was then selected as a competition project, for which the expert jury wrote that the planned interventions respect the qualities of the historic industrial complex as much as possible and transform it non-invasively into a creative centre of the city.

Photo: Ana Skobe

After abandoning the planned new buildings on the northern and eastern sides of the former industrial area, the implementation of the competition project focused on the renovation of a four-storey volume of a 120-meter abandoned factory. Nearly 9,000 square metres of the historic industrial icon were redeveloped by the city and dedicated to users active in design, architectural planning, engineering, urban crafts, applied arts, and visitors. The institutionalized Rog Creative Centre is important both for the city (in terms of cultural tourism) and for the development of the university, which has agreed to share the space and to work constructively with the Centre (it is probably not a coincidence that it announced the launch of a third cycle study programme in arts at the opening of the building in October this year). There are several successful examples in Europe of the conversion of former industrial buildings into applied arts or multi-generational spaces that enable and promote the integration of arts and science.

Photo: Ana Skobe

An architectural solution that makes exceptionally good use of the former factory’s spatial potential

The renovation of this prominent industrial building along the Ljubljanica River has restored the building’s lost spatial qualities and enhanced the potential of its exceptional urban location.

Photo: Ana Skobe

Project Data

The Rog Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Boris Bežan, Mara Partida, Héctor Mendoza, Jaka Bežan

Architectural office
BAX studio and Mendoza Partida studio

Sašo Badovinac, Olga Bombač, German Bosch, Grega Cerar, Oscar Espinosa, Jure Kolenc, Carlos Parra, Damian Plouganou, Bor Purgečič

Conservation supervision
Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia

Landscape architecture
Bruto: Matej Kučina, Nika Čufer

Construction engineering
Elea IC: Andrej Pogačnik, Uroš Grobelšek

Electrical engineering
Nombiro (PZI): Tomaž Dobrila, Elin (PGD): Štajdohar Dobrila

HVAC engineering
Nombiro: Peter Blažek, Blaž Vrčon

Urban Municipality of Ljubljana, mayor Zoran Janković, responsible for the project: Jerneja Batič and Meta Gabron

Year of realization

Floor area (gross)
13.000 m²