Open call

Design challenge 1498/2022

Application deadline: 22 Aug 2022

Domačija Pr' Lenart

Halfway between urban and rural. A 16th-century farmhouse near Ljubljana, located in the village of Belo, which was first mentioned in archival sources in 1498. The double hayrack, with its changed use, thus becomes a venue for socializing, networking, workshops and cultural events or occasional emergency accommodation. What does double hayrack need? How can we upgrade an empty space layered with history into a flexible environment that will not only be suitable for today but also for the future? What are the needs of cultural heritage structures today?


The theme of the challenge is the conceptual design of a multifunctional piece of furniture made of natural materials that will be based on the traditional and vernacular design principles of the Polhograj hills. The piece of furniture will become part of the ambiance of the renovated and heated hayloft that serves as a place for socializing and creativity. At the same time, the workshop will consider revitalizing the space and other potential cultural heritage buildings for today.


Anyone can participate, and we particularly welcome students of design and architecture, young architects, designers and anyone interested in connecting heritage with the present day to apply. We will accept up to 20 participants.


Application form: name and surname, short CV


Application deadline: 22 August 2022


The design challenge is part of the BIO27 satellite program: Supervernacular!


Mentors: Nina Koželj and Manca Kemperl (Vulgaris)


  • Intensive workshops: 10-11 September 2022
  • Deadline for submission of finished products: 22 September 2022
  • Declaration of Results: 24 September 2022

Saturday, 10 Sep 2022


greeting, coffee and briefing


Manca Kemperl and Nina Koželj (Vulgaris): Unique design in wood


Mojca Sfiligoj (Pr’ Lenart homestead): The story of the Pr’ Lenart homestead and the renovation of the heating plant


Aleksander Ostan (Atelje Ostan Pavlin): Genius Loci and traditional principles in contemporary interior design


lunch break


mapping of design details, approaches and materials at the homestead


workshop and group discussion: problem identification and concept


end of the first day: cooking dinner, stories by the fire

Sunday, 11 Sep 2022


greetings and coffee


guided walk around the homestead and to St. Catherine


lunch break


Bogdan Gale (Voga): Serial production of the product and preparation for production


Ajda Bračič (Kajža): Supervernacular and heritage today


workshop and group discussion: material selection and design concept


end of the second day

Monday, 12 Sep 2022


visit to the Vulgaris workshop in Kamnik

12 - 22 Sep 2022

independent development of the idea

Thursday, 22 Sep 2022

until 00:00

submission of completed projects

Saturday, 24 Sep 2022


presentation of projects in short statements


announcement of results and awarding of prizes