Cooperative Bank Building, Ljubljana
This street, starting in Preseren, is a large collection of very interesting buildings, where the top star is Cooperative bank.
Built in 1922 by Ivan Vurnik, inspired in the Art Nouveau movement but including national elements in the decoration, the building cannot pass unnoticed - its colourful whole, based in a vivid red make it impossible. The geometric decorations were conceived and painted by the architect's wife, Helena, inspired in the three Slovenian colours, agricultural landscapes and national costumes.
The former Cooperative Bank was designed by Ivan Vurnik and the walls were painted by Helena, his wife, in 1922.
This colorful building caught my eyes as we were walking around. We stopped to make some pictures. It realy is very unusual in its pink colour with blue, white and brown ornaments around the windows. At the time I had no information about it, it was here on VT that I found out the details.
This building was very close to our 1st hotel, the Grand Union, the folk art designed building is a real eye catcher. It was designed in 1922 by Ivan Vurnik, his wife Helena painted it. You can poke your head inside to see the interior, painted in the same style with a display of national motifs, should it be during opening hours. I didn't take any pictures of the interior since it appeared to still be operating as a bank so you'll just have to go see it for yourself.
Yup, the wildly crazy coloured Cooperative Bank (Zadruzna Gospodarska Banka) north of Presernov Trg along Miklosiceva cesta. For once, a bank that doesn't look like a huge X-ray room. The entire thing with its geometrical patterns of intense red, gaudy blue and vibrant yellow simply hurts the retina after a while though you'll probably find your mouth opened in wonder as well.
The building was designed in 1922 by Slovene Ivan Vurnik, painted by his wife Helena and a great example of Secessionist architecture.
Ljubljana is home to plenty of great Secessionist architecture. (Secessionism is now covered by the general term "Art Nouveau" and is about exploring the possibilities of art outside the confines of academic tradition and seeking out new styles that owed nothing to historical influence. Secessionist architects thus often decorate the surface of their buildings with linear ornamentation in a form commonly called whiplash or eel style) The great earthquake of 1895, which almost destroyed the entire city, actually opened the door for the great Secessionist architects of the day to re-invent the city. They left behind a great legacy and arguably, the most outstanding pieces are concentrated along Miklosiceva ulica.
The Grand Union Hotel, just a few blocks down is also a fine display on such archtectural style, despite not having the vivid colours of its neighbour.
I personally took a fondness to another building opposite Presernov Trg. I am unable to identify the name but the green geometrical patterns are just as exquisute and exciting. It looked like someone had transplanted a Mongolian house in Ljubljana!
The Cooperative Bank building is located across the road from the Grand Hotel Union. It was built in 1921 by architect Ivan Vurnik, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Slovenian national style of architecture. The frescoes on the façade and the interior wall paintings are the work of the architect's Viennese-born wife Helena Vurnik, who had taken part in her husband's research and design of typical Slovenian architecture. Her geometric ornaments in red, white and blue are the colour combination of the Slovenian tricolour flag.
After the earthquake of 1895, parts of the city were reconstructed. One of the youngest buildings to be constructed in relationship with that earthquake was the Cooperative Bank. It was built between 1921 and 1922 by Ivan and Helena Vurnik. The building is mostly pink, but its colourful ornaments made it famous far beyond the slovenian borders. Indeed, it is seen in many brochures and books. The colours of the ornaments are the national colours (red, blue and white) while the golden colour symbolizes wealth.
The Cooperative Bank Building from 1922 is probably Ljubljana's most colourful house. I saw its picture on the brochure I picked up from the tourist information at the station and was impressed by the colour straight away.
Along the same street you will find some more nice buildings as the art nouveau Union Hotel.
You must search, find, admire and take a photo of the pink house in Ljubljana..I didn't know about it, but I had to take in on camera, so after I came home, I saw this house on every brochure about Ljubljana :)
It was painted in 1922. This brightly painted building really stands out. I'm not sure if the inside is as unique.