Location Kranj, Slovenia

Status On site


Squire and Partners won a competition to design a new urban area for the historic Slovenian city of Kranj. The brief was for 400 apartments, as well as retail units and offices, over eleven separate buildings. The aim was to provide young professionals working in Ljubljana with the amenities of central Kranj and the attractions of living in the country.


The architectural language was developed by experimenting with the form of the ‘kozolec’, a traditional alpine haystack. By offsetting the plans of two kozolec’s, a technique was developed to place long, linear buildings on this historic and irregular site. Because each pair of buildings responds to the unique shape of each plot, the entire profile of every building is unique.


Analysis of the medieval old town informed the streetscape design, with paved paths and sitting areas with stone benches. A public square surrounded by trees gives a central-focus, created by faceted surfaces sloping inward.


Client Poteza Real Estate Advisory Ltd

Local Architect Projekta/GAO

Project Manager Poteza - Abcfin

Quantity Surveyor Protim