architect Mima Suhadolc
client Tolminski muzej project 2006 built 2007 site Vrsno pri Kobaridu
photo Miran Kambič
Birth house of the Slovenian poet Simon Gregorčič is a typical representative of rural architecture that can be found in Kobarid and nearby Slovenian villages. Since 1955, the house hosted a memorial room with important objects from poet’s heritage. In 1966, the first more intensive renovation took place under Janez Suhadolc. During the following four decades, multiple questionable interior-related interventions took place.
The most important issue became the newly built floor plate above the ground floor. The floor plate was removed with the last renovation – the enlarged interior with small windows now again gives the visitors the feeling of a sacred place, intimately connected with Gregorčič’s life and work.
Ground floor is dedicated to the existential theme – ethnographical collection from the era of poet’s life is displayed there. The life of poet is represented as a timeline with all relevant events that were happening simultaneously in the life of Simon Gregorčič and in world history. Dull and non-involving descriptions were replaced with facts that trigger visitors’ imagination and encourage them to construct their own unique stories about the great Slovenian poet.