OFIS Architects

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OFIS Architects is a firm of architects established in 1996 by Rok Oman and Špela Videčnik, both graduates of the Ljubljana School of Architecture and the London Architectural Association. Upon graduation they had already won several prominent competitions, such as Football Stadium Maribor and the Ljubljana City Museum extension and renovation. Many of their projects have been nominated for awards including the Mies van der Rohe award.[1][2][3][4] In 2013 they received the Plecnik medal for the Habitable Space Habitable Wheel,[5] in 2012 they received the Platinum Pen award for their international achievements,[6] in 2009 they received a silver IOC/IAKS medal for their football stadium,[7] in 2006 they received the European Grand Prix for Innovation Award,[8] in 2005 their Villa Bled received an honourable mention at the Miami Biennial and in 2004 they were highly commended for their City Museum renovation and extension by the UK Architectural Review’s annual AR+D awards.[9] In 2000, they won the “Young architect of the year” award in London.

The company is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but works internationally. They won a large business complex in Venice Marghera,[10] Italy and a residential complex in Graz, Austria.[11] However, it was by winning 180 apartments in Paris, France[12] their first large scale development abroad, which led them to open a branch office in France, 2007. This has been followed by a second large scale development with the construction of a football stadium for FC BATE in Borisov, Belarus,[13] due for completion in 2013. They also have partner firm agreements in London, Paris and Moscow. Their academic career involves teaching at Harvard University in USA.[14]


The beginnings of OFIS' activities date back to the nineties, which was as an exciting yet difficult period for the former Yugoslavian republics that were undergoing intense self-re-evaluation and reinvention from scratch, economically and culturally. In terms of architecture this meant that most of the larger architectural offices had to be scaled down or went bankrupt and so creating an empty space for younger groups or individuals to participate in architectural competitions.[15]


The firm's work encompasses architecture, urbanism, art and stage design. It ranges from new buildings to interventions within old structures; scales from stadiums down to a small farewell chapel; programs from social housing, luxurious villas and residences, sport facilities, cultural and office programs. Over the past ten years they have been dealing with various national and international clients from the private sector to the commercial sector and also state institutions.[16]


The firm has won several national and international competitions. Many projects have been nominated for a Mies van der Rohe award, in 2009 they received a Silver IOC/IAKS[17] medal for football stadium, in 2006 they received the European Grand Prix for Innovation Award,[18] in 2005 their Villa under-extension received an honorable mention at the Miami Bienal, in 2004 they were awarded high commendation for their City Museum renovation and extension by the UK Architectural Review's annual AR+D awards,[9] and in 2000 they won the 'Young architect of the year'award in London, UK.

Their work has been shown on various TV channels including Discovery[19] and RTL. They have exhibited worldwide including the Venice Biennale of Architecture,[20] the Architectural Biennale in Beijing, and the Biennale in Moscow.[21] Additionally OFIS Architects has been presented on the Deutsche Welle TV series [22] and CCTV from China.[23]

Selected awards[edit]

  • April 13, Plecnik award, Space Habitable Wheel, Ljubljana, SLO[5]
  • Dec 12, Trend Awards, Space Habitable Wheel, Ljubljana, SLO [24]
  • Oct 12. Platinum Pencil 2012, award for extensive architectural achievements, Ljubljana, SLO[6]
  • Jan 11 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '10 Nomination for Farewell Chapel
  • Nov 10 - Chernikhov prize 2010, selected nominee, ICIF, Moscow, RU[25]
  • Mar 10 - ArchDaily Building of the year 2009, Religious, Farewell Chapel[26]
  • Sep 09 - IOC/IAKS award, silver medal for Football Stadium Maribor[17]
  • May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08, Nomination for Football Stadium Maribor, selection[27]
  • May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08, Nomination for Shopping roof apartments[28]
  • May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08, Nomination for Hayrack Apartments[29]
  • Jan 07 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '06, Nomination for Housing on the Coast[30]
  • Dec 06 - European Grand Prix for innovation awards, Monaco[18]
  • Jan 06 - Bienal Miami 2005, honors for villa under-extension, Miami, USA
  • Dec 04 - AR+D awards, High commendation for the city museum Ljubljana[9]
  • Dec 01 - Design Vanguard 2001, architectural record, New York, USA[31]
  • Jan 01 - Young Architect of the Year Award, winner, YAYA, London, UK
  • Nov 00 - Piranesi award, honors for housing block 16x68, Piran, SLO[32]


Their work is published around the globe with more than 200 international publications a year including the New York Times,[33] The Guardian, The Independent, El País, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Bild, most architectural magazines and various books. In 2000 Zaha Hadid selected them as one of her top 10 exceptional emerging architects for Phaidon 10x10.[34] In 2006 Gustavo Gili published monograph issue 2G on OFIS.[35] The Hinge magazine chose their Farewell chapel as a Stand up building in 2009, Lace and Tetris apartments were announced as two of the Worlds 10 most creative apartment buildings by Oddee and Guardian Arts Critics chose them as an Architectural Office to ˝Look out for˝.[36] In 2011 DAMDI published OFIS_open archive files 98-11, their second monograph issue DD series.

Picture gallery[edit]


  • Tetris Apartments[37]
  • Shopping Roof Apartments[38]
  • Basket Apartments[39]
  • Alpine Hut[40]
  • Hayrack Apartments[41]
  • Honeycomb Apartments[42]
  • City Museum Ljubljana [43]
  • Lace Apartments[44]
  • 650 Apartments[45]
  • Baroque Court Apartments[46]
  • Shopping Roof Apartments[47]
  • Farewell Chapel[48]
  • Football Stadium MB[49]
  • Dot Envelope[50]
  • Villa Under-extension[51]


  1. ^ http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=45
  2. ^ http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=192
  3. ^ http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=195
  4. ^ http://www.miesarch.com/index2.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=16&obraid=905
  5. ^ a b Plečnikova odličja 2013 « Trajekt
  6. ^ a b Z A P S
  7. ^ International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)
  8. ^ OFIS_news
  9. ^ a b c Architectural Review (2004). "AR+D awards website". 
  10. ^ Europaconcorsi. "first prize". 
  11. ^ "Europan Winner". 
  12. ^ Student apartment studios in Paris / OFIS | ArchDaily
  13. ^ Archdaily. "Ofis Football Stadium Borisov". 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/people/spela-videcnik.html Archived June 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "trajekt". 
  16. ^ "Ofis website". 
  17. ^ a b "The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities Awards". Football Stadium Maribor. 2009. 
  18. ^ a b Ofis News Archive http://www.ofis-a.si/str_14%20-%20NEWS/97%20GRAND%20PRIX%20MONACO/GRAND%20PRIX%20MONACO.html
  19. ^ Discovery Channel. "Ultimate House - Villa 'under' extension". 
  20. ^ Venice Biennale (2004). "Metamorph". 
  21. ^ "The Moscow Biennale". 2010. 
  22. ^ Building the Future (4) OFIS, Slovenia | euromaxx - YouTube
  23. ^ 魅力斯洛文尼亚 第三集 一个被爱的地方 [人文地理]_纪实台_中国网络电视台
  24. ^ Nagrade trend slavijo drzne ideje in častijo življenjski opus - Planet Siol.net
  25. ^ "Chernikhov prize 2010 nominations list". 2010. 
  26. ^ ICIF (2009). "Archdaily Building of the Year Awards 2009". Farewell Chapel. 
  27. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Football Stadium Maribor. 2008. 
  28. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Shopping Roof Apartments. 2008. 
  29. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Hayrack Apartments. 2008. 
  30. ^ "Mies van der Rohe Awards Nominee Archive". Housing on the Coast. 2006. 
  31. ^ Architectural Record (2001). "Design Vanguard 2001". 
  32. ^ "Piranesi award". housing block 16x68. 2000. 
  33. ^ Stephen Treffinger (March 31, 2005). "What the New Kids On the Block Are Up To". New York Times. 
  34. ^ Editors of Phaidon Press; selector Zaha Hadid (2000). 10x10_2. Phaidon. ISBN 978-0-7148-4441-1. 
  35. ^ Roemer van Toorn; Shumon Basar (2006). IDPUBLICACION=993_EN Ofis arhitekti Check |url= value (help). 2G Design and Architecture Publishing. ISBN 978-84-252-2042-5. 
  36. ^ Oddee. "10 most creative apartments in the world". Lace and Tetris Apartments. 
  37. ^ Tetris Apartments by OFIS Arhitekti on Vimeo
  38. ^ Shopping Roof Apartments by OFIS Arhitekti on Vimeo
  39. ^ Basket Apartments by OFIS Arhitekti on Vimeo
  40. ^ 6×11 Alpine Hut by OFIS Arhitekti on Vimeo
  41. ^ Hayrack Apartments by OFIS Arhitekti on Vimeo
  42. ^ Honeycomb Apartments On Vimeo
  43. ^ The City Museum Extension On Vimeo
  44. ^ LACE APARTMENTS on Vimeo
  45. ^ 650 APARTMENTS on Vimeo
  46. ^ Baroque Court Apartments by OFIS Arhitekti on Vimeo
  47. ^ Shopping Roof Apartments On Vimeo
  48. ^ farewell chapel
  49. ^ OFIS_footbal stadium mb
  50. ^ OFIS_dot envelope
  51. ^ OFIS_villa under extension

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