Old Ljubljana Bicycle Factory turns Urban Creative Centre

Old Ljubljana Bicycle Factory turns Urban Creative Centre

At the old Ljubljana Rog factory once bicycles were made, among them the legendary and very popular ‘Pony’ which can still be seen on the bicycle trails of Ljubljana.

But like many other renowned plants in the Slovenian capital, once a prominent factory suffered a sad fate. The great Rog factory era was sealed for good.

A nostalgic old photo from Rog factory (Photo: Delo Archive)

Rog’s afterlife

After the factory shut in the noise of machines went silent, the empty factory halls were turned into the social cultural centre by local activists. The buildings came to life with workshops and shows by many local and international artists, as well as with evening concerts.

Pony at Lake Bled.
(From the photo album of the Rog Ljubljana bicycle factory on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, 31 October 1959. Preserved by Joลพe Strniลกa.)

The new Rog Centre

In the recent years, the city of Ljubljana, who owns the property, announced its plans for an urban renewal of Rog.

Across four floors covering more than 8000 square meters, a space for designers, architects, artists, engineers, students, scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers, children and the rest of the general public of all ages will stand.

According to the Initiator and Head of RogLab, Meta ล tular: โ€œ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘…๐‘œ๐‘” ๐ถ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ , ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘ , ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘๐‘™๐‘–๐‘, ๐‘Ž ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’, ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘’๐‘“๐‘–๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘—๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘’๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ 21๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ.โ€

See the new Rog Centre presentational video: https://www.facebook.com/Ljubljana2025/videos/792924877969155

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