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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-19
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/8.5, 1/240 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-08 1:30
Viewed: 2620
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The National and University Library, Ljubljana, is one of the most important national educational and cultural institutions of Slovenia. It was established in 1774 by a decree released by the Empress Maria Theresa. It is located in the centre of Ljubljana, in a building designed by the architect Jože Plečnik in the years 1930–31 and constructed between 1936-41. The building is considered one of the greatest achievements by Plečnik.

Plans for a new building were created between 1930-31 by Jože Plečnik. Initially the project encountered resistance by the Yugoslavian authorities based in Belgrade. However, persistent student protests and demonstrations have been effective, and the new building was erected between 1936-41.

The library building is the most monumental of Plečnik's works. The central staircase which leads to a reading room, set between colonnades of dark stone, is characteristic to his design style. Contrasted with this is the powerful, expressive street façade, which is representative of Plecnik's most "eccentric mannerist style".


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Bonjour Francis Xavier
Not sure I like this kind of architecture but I like the manner you presented it with perfect geometric sense , thoughtful composition and frame and great sharpness and details
My best regards

i like the patterns and repetitions. a very graphic take on a building. brave swatch of colours.nice presentation

very artistic image Francis nice details thourghout and very well presented
tfs regards bryan

Ciao Francis

Interesting architecture of this University,
beautiful with a beautiful symmetry in the repetition
windows, the colors have nice addition to the
blue light from the windows.
Lovely picture with a wonderful subject.
Sharpness and clarity give a nice image.
Nice contrasted colors.


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-01-08 7:09]


Fantastique couleur et image, quel graphisme, ce gris dans cet ocre, quel rendu sur la facade, ce pierres qui ressortent, ce vitre avec des reflet la forme pointues de vitres, fantasique détail et cpatage.

Bravo et amitié


Very nice composition of symmterical lines and figures. I like the way the lighting is hitting from the side to give the picture more textures. Good colors. Well done, tfs.

Hello Francis, a well spotted piece of architecture to create a beautifully symmetrical shot.
The contrasting red and blue catch the eye.
The shapes and textures are very pleasing.
Tfs, regards Jean.

You possess a wonderful vision for such sites, and this shot of yours even proves it nicely, Francis!

The intense colors of tiles of these buildings and the glass windows make a great combination in terms of well contrast. The sharpness and POV are excellent.

A nice geometrical shot!


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2011-01-08 14:03]

Hi dear Francis,
outstanding architecture and work.Well composed,well taken.Perfect light and sharpness.Beautiful colors.TFS.Necla.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-01-08 18:00]

dear Francis Xavier,
a beautiful shot of the wonderful architecture,
windows and stone decorations on the wall are well designed,
those look like square islands on orange sea, surely artistic,
your cropping and side-light are nice to make this scene very 3D and attractive,
thank you for your excellent shot,

Interesting composition and contrast between the top two rows of windows and the bottom layer. They say the eyes are the window to the soul but these windows do not indicate a very friendly soul ! Nicely seen and portrayed

Hi Francis.
Wonderful shot of the windows captured with balanced framing and good lighting condition.
Best Wishes

Hello Francis-Xavier,
The style of the 30th years is highlighted by a perfect framing and a nice light on the facade, playing with light and shadows. The particularities of this local style (an arrangement between the blocks of stone and red bricks) are very original and worth to be shown ! Thanks for sharing !
Kind regards

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