Between the Everyday and Extraordinary

architects Vanja Gregorc, Aleš Vrhovec, Miha Dešman, Katarina Pirkmajer Dešman
project New Ig Centre, Ig, Slovenia
written by Maja Vardjan


The village of Ig, which is ten minutes’ drive from Ljubljana over the green plain of Ljubljana’s Barje, represents a typical Slovene rural environment. In the past a romantic village with church in the centre and characteristic houses perpendicular to the village road, it has become a conglomerate of various buildings and additional constructions with no clearly expressed centre and public space as a result of development in the second half of the twentieth century. The unregulated settlement showed little signs of contemporariness, and only one decisive move was needed to initiate revitalization.