Architectural Gallery DESSA
|Židovska steza 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 251 6010|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 251 4074|
|Managed by||DESSA Architecture Centre|
|Maja Ivanič, Director|
- 28 November to 6 December 2014
Architecture = 5 Years of Slovene Architecture, a round table discussion and exhibition opening, organised in cooperation with the Architects' Society of Ljubljana (DAL), Architects' Bulletin (ab), Architectural Gallery DESSA, and Hiša arhitekture Maribor and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Rome, at in ,
- 13 June to 11 July 2013
Five Years of Slovene Architecture - ARCHITECTURE= exhibition and screenings of Small and Smart: Expressions of Contemporary Slovenian Architecture in Films by the Museum of Architecture and Design, organised in cooperation with Architects' Bulletin (ab) (Architects' Society of Ljubljana (DAL)), Architectural Gallery DESSA, RAZ:UM and House of Architecture Maribor and with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tel Aviv, at in ,
Besides yearly presentations of Plečnik Award winners, the gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions and lectures aimed at heightening awareness of the untold richness of Slovenian architecture: an exhibition celebrating 100 years of residential apartment design was held in 2016, and a similar project highlighting the architecture of preschools and elementary schools in Ljubljana followed in 2020.
Conversely, the gallery has provided a window into the work of internationally renowned architects: Juhani Pallasmaa, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Wiel Arets, David Chipperfield, Luis Carillho da Graça Joao are just a sample of the architects who have presented at DESSA over the years.
The gallery is also active in presenting Slovenian architecture abroad: in 2010 it organised the Contemporary Architecture in Slovenia 1999–2010 exhibition. Curated byand , the exhibition was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje (Northern Macedonia) in the framework of the 15th Architectural Biennial of Macedonia – BIMAS 2010.
The location of the DESSA gallery and office complex today was once the site of a synagogue. After a fire destroyed it in 1213, it was rebuilt on a larger scale. In the 16th century, the synagogue was converted to a Catholic chapel, which was demolished in the 19th century.
The current building at Židovska steza 4 in Ljubljana's city centre was built before the Ljubljana earthquake in 1895 and served several functions. In the 1930s, it housed a restaurant, after World War II it became a music school and later a craftsmen's workshop.
DESSA Architecture Centre was founded in 1982. Its members quickly identified a need for their own exhibition space. They enlisted internationally renowned architect to draw up the first plans for the gallery space in 1987. The space follows the principles of Gottfried Semper, and is composed of four rooms, each devoted to a different building material – stone for the gallery, wood for the library, plastic for the office, and textile for the meeting room. All items except the chairs were made especially for DESSA; the chairs, designed by in the 1950s, were donated by the manufacturer, Stol Kamnik. The corporate identity of the gallery was designed by .
- Dimensions: 34m² (7.5m x 4.5m x 3.3m H) incorporating 13 linear metres of wall space
- Installation system: glass panels (11 glass panels 1m x 1.8m and 6 glass panels 0.33m x 1.8m)
- Lighting: halogen lighting system