SADAR+VUGA was founded by Jurij Sadar and Boštjan Vuga in Ljubljana in 1996. Over the past decade and a half it has focused on open, innovative and integral architectural design and urban planning.
The office has been driven by a quest for quality, with a strong belief that forward-leaping architectural production contributes to our well-being, and generates a sensitive and responsive development of the physical context we live in, broadening our imagination and stimulating our senses.
The portfolio of built work ranges from innovative town planning to public space sculpture, from interactive new public buildings to interventions within older existing structures.
The client base reflects the diversity of built and project experience. Ranging from municipal councils and Central Government, encompassing national and private arts bodies and multinationals to the best developers in Slovenia and abroad.
SADAR+VUGA designs extended living areas in residential buildings, guided by the culture and climate of place. SADAR+VUGA shapes interior environments that respond to very personal tastes and desires. Instead of simply creating objects and spaces for pre-formulated life-styles, SADAR+VUGA’s projects challenge our perception and trigger our new spatial experience.
SADAR+VUGA’s projects forego adhering to a homogeneus visual and formal language and style. Each of them is developed from precise interpretation of client’s contextual, programmatic and pragmatic constraints.
With the Formula New Ljubljana – a collection of their own projects and urban studies- the architects at SADAR+VUGA intervene in the political and decision-making process. They believe that architecture should not merely function as a design object, but also be a means to shape and change social space: they want to make a look at the world in a different way, so that we can also act differently in it.
“Our architectural production can be defined as: intentionally imperfect and awkward, robust, and ambiguous, intentionally incoherent and contradictory, where a single architectural project can be described as both monumental and informal at the same time.”
“We are especially interested in great modern socialist architecture from the 1960ies and 70ies form ex-Yugoslavia and other east European countries. We like a bold use of materials and colours , an expressive heaviness and robustness of its appearance. We like its ‘unfeasible’ formal play that reflects creativity of an architect and provide a strong point of identification and social reference at the same time.”
“Architect has a manifold role in the contemporary society. He is a conductor in an integral design process, he has to be a great communicator, he is still injecting new impulses to the society, with its activity, he is contributing to the future development of the physical environment. And digital application on smart phones as well.”