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The Dream House of Ljubljana’s Most Influential Architect

Jože Plečnik was a man constantly at work on something. When he wasn’t designing much of his native city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, he was devising gadgets for the house in which lived, in the suburb of Trvono. He usually designed for convenience or economy, with barely a hint of extravagance—he smoked the cheapest cigarettes, used pencils till they were little more than stubs, and slept in a narrow single bed.

After having worked in the studio of Viennese secessionist Otto Wagner and designed a flat in Prague Castle for Thomas Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, in 1921 the architect moved into his brother’s house in Ljubljana and soon set about redesigning it to create his dream home. He envisioned “a tower, a mule, me and the garden.” 


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