Finding Inspiration in the Primordial

It seems that Dolinar is drawing his inspiration from the primordial architectural language, but when it comes to the implementation of the key spatial elements or symbols he creates them by himself, in direct contact with the materials.

Chapel in Alojzij Šuštar Elementary School, St. Stanislav Institute, Ljubljana. Photo: Luka Markež

Chapel in Alojzij Šuštar Elementary School, St. Stanislav Institute, Ljubljana.
Photo: Luka Markež

Chapel in Alojzij Šuštar Elementary School, St. Stanislav Institute, Ljubljana. Photo: Luka Markež

Chapel in Alojzij Šuštar Elementary School, St. Stanislav Institute, Ljubljana.
Photo: Luka Markež

When I first came to see Robert’s chapel in Plečnik’s Ignatian Retreat House a few years ago, I found him in his ground-floor office. The small space in which he was designing his creations was full of traces of this process: pieces of wood, processed or in their natural state, on the floor and on the shelves, in a similar way as the stones and sculptures, his quiet drawings, many books and other objects… This room did not look like an ordinary architectural office, but rather a room for stimulating creation, it radiated the strong presence of a creative spirit, one that easily transits between inspirations and their material implementations, between the mind and the hand, between architecture and art.

The complete article is published in Autumn 2018 issue of Piranesi No. 40/Vol. 26.

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