Architects Aleš Vodopivec and Marko Smrekar set up STVAR architects in Ljubljana in 2005 following their successful submission at the open competition for the design of the Central Library Celje building. The studio comprises a team of architects, engineers and flexible external specialists. The team is active across the full spectrum of building engineering, from demanding public projects to detail-rich interior designs for private clients.
Noteworthy recent projects include the reconstruction of a swimming resort in the Municipality of Radovljica (a work-in-progress) and collaboration on the construction of the new Planica Nordic Centre in the Tamar Valley in northwest Slovenia. STVAR architects conceived the service and performance buildings and pavilion, while A.biro designed the ski jumps and bridges and Studio AKKA handled the landscape architecture, including the layout of the infrastructure and cross-country trails. For their work, the studios received the 2015 TREND Award for outstanding achievements in visual creativity.
The Nordic Centre Planica with the Čaplja service building designed by the STVAR architects, 2016 The pavilion and the ski fly hills at the Nordic Centre Planica. The pavilion was conceived by STVAR architects, 2016. The Nordic Centre Planica complex opened in 2015, the service and performance buildings designed by the STVAR architects, 2016 The building of the new Celje Central Library seen from the banks of the Savinja River in Celje. STVAR architects, 2011 A render of the underground hall (summertime) in the Nordic Centre Planica complex. STVAR architects, 2015. A render of the underground hall (winter time) in the Nordic Centre Planica complex. STVAR architects, 2015. The underground hall in the central building of the Nordic Centre Planica, 2015 The Čaplja service building at the Nordic Centre Planica designed by the STVAR architects, 2016 The central building of the Nordic Centre Planica with the flying hills in the background, 2016 Nordic Centre Planica pavilion interior, 2016 Nordic Centre Planica pavilion interior that houses Planica Museum designed by the STVAR architects, 2016 Nordic Centre Planica central building, the pavilion by the STVAR architects that houses also the Planica Museum collection, 2016 The service building Čaplja interior at the Nordic Centre Planica, designed by STVAR architects, 2016 Nordic Centre Planica warm-up building, 2016 Nordic Centre Planica warm-up building, 2016