Hotel Bohinj


Hotel Bohinj, the former Hotel Kompas was built spontaneously over the last three decades, without thinking about its final appearance. The new owners of the hotel decided for radical overhaul including structural reinforcement, interior refurbishment and sustainable renovation.

The basic volume was preserved with a new structure envelope of wooden framework. As well as creating new balconies and changing the overall massing, the frames are providing structural protection against the region’s frequent earthquakes as well as incorporating gutters, wires, lightning rods and recuperation outcomes. Larch wood cladding covers other new exterior elements, giving the hotel a natural appearance.

The entrance façade is complemented by an extension with a new, larger double-height lobby, an entrance canopy and restaurant. The triangular gabled roofs of old building already had recognizable elements on the entrance façade the inspired the new composition of triangulated elements that create dialogue with the mountain tops in the background. The façade and new architectural elements are inspired from local vernacular architecture details and crafts. The interior consists of 69 rooms. The rooms have a modest local inspiration with patterns, textures and furniture details. They are of different sizes, from double, triple to family rooms with panoramic windows and balcony. Long common corridors represent a walk through the construction of the Bohinj hayrack “toplar”.

The walk to the room offers guests unique experience of walking through these unique vernacular structures – buildings that are present only in Slovenia. This geometry, recreated on the carpet floor and on the ceiling and wall coverings is not only a design reference, but also a warning. Both foreigners to Slovenian unique specialty as well as locals to protect cultural heritage. Every year, a few examples of this traditional architecture disappear, often collapsing on its own.

FOTO: Žiga Intihar




Bohinj, Slovenia


OFIS architects