NEW: Alma Karlin hall inside the famous Ljubljana Cankarjev Dom (with panoramic views)
A new venue inside Slovenia’s largest arts and cultural centre will be intended for art events, small theatre events, concerts and literary evenings.
The new 400-square-metre hall was named after writer and globetrotter Alma Karlin (1889-1950) was inaugurated at the Cankarjev Dom arts and congress centre. The new addition increases the number of stages in the 36,000-square-metre Cankarjev Dom to seven, and it is the first hall in the centre to have been built in an environmentally friendly way.
An admirer of different cultures and opponent of totalitarian ideologies, author and researcher Alma Karlin was the first woman to travel alone and see a great deal of the world at the beginning of the 20th century. She had penned more than 20 books depicting her travels.
The ancient agora shape
Architecturally it was inspired by the original ideas of Edvard Ravnikar, who designed Cankarjev Dom, which was finished in 1982. Architect Petar Vidanoski picked only sustainable and environmentally friendly materials and elements for the new hall. The chairs are, for example, made out of recycled plastic bottles.
The hall opens up into a modern interpretation of the agora, which together with the round stage pays tribute to antiquity and theatre of ancient Greece.