History of Rog Factory

Poslal-a pirman, Pet, 14/04/2006 - 00:03

The history of the premises of Rog factory on Trubarjeva Street up until the beginning of the temporary use of space:

  • 1871
    The land is bought by Ivan Janesh, who builds a small ground-floor building to use for tanning hides.
  • 1879
    Janesh builds a one-storey tanning workshop on the location of the previous building.
  • 1884
    His sons add a second storey.
  • 1900
    The tannery is bought by Karel Pollak, who renovates and modernises the workshop.
  • 1904
    Pollak encloses the area with a wall and builds a residential villa.
  • 1918-19
    Pollak builds an expansion to the manufacturing premises.
  • 1922
    Two storeys are added by Pollak onto the manufacturing building, with the skeletal construction using the Hennebique system, which is rare in building construction previous to World War I. First such building in Ljubljana. The Czech architect Alois Kral also consults with Plečnik. The factory carries out business successfully.
  • 1937
    Pollak goes bankrupt.
  • 1938
    The factory is bought by Mergenthaller, the owner of a tannery in Vrhnika.
  • 1945
    The expropriation and nationalisation of the leather factory »Indus«.
  • 1951-53
    Re-modelling of the factory and the start of the production of »Rog« bicycles.

  • 1991
    Due to large logistic expenses the management of Rog factory decides to abandon production on Trubarjeva and combine all manufacturing activities in the industrial zone on Letališka Road.
  • 1992
    The process of re-zoning of the space is triggered, anticipating industrial production. It has a sound professional basis and includes a proposal aimed at protecting the manufacturing building by Ljubljanica river.
  • 1994
    City of Ljubljana (Department of Urbanism) carries out a construction test by tender. The process of denationalisation begins. The production of bicycles at this location is abandoned.
  • 1995
    The international Euroculture conference – Rehabilitation of Urban Areas – the evaluation of architectural heritage is organised by the City of Ljubljana. The Rog factory is dealt with as a sample model. The participants of the workshop suggest that the old factory should be protected and put in use for public programmes (studios, ballet school, craft workshops, library…).
  • 1997
    Presentation of Rog factory at the international meeting “Water and the Industrial Heritage” in Venice.
  • 1998
    The city council approves the site terms »PUP CI 5/6 Rog«, under which the old Rog factory is protected. The area is also intended for public programmes.
  • 2000
    The research project regarding cultural sites within the city (by Peace Institute for the City of Ljubljana): Rog factory is proposed for visual arts, dance, music, theatre.
    Break 21, 4th International Festival of Young Artists (May) and 17th Biennial of Industrial Design (October) are held in the premises of the factory.
  • 2001
    Rog factory on Trubarjeva is bought by the LB-Hypo bank. The denationalising process is over. Within the framework of the urban survey for the preparation of a new spatial plan for the City of Ljubljana, Borut Burger uses Rog factory as an example of a decrepit part of the city centre, and proposes that MOL spearhead an initiative for revitalising this area.
  • 2002
    The City of Ljubljana purchases Rog factory on Trubarjeva (a leasing contract with LB Hypo). Any rumination on renovation dies down in 2003.

Breda Mihelič (contributions in the 1995 and 1997 Euroculture workshops, research task “Industrial Architecture in Ljubljana up to World War I”)
Borut Burger (contributions in the 1995 and 1997 Euroculture workshops, urban survey “The Inclusions of the City in Rehabilitation of Decrepit Areas and New Uses for Existing Buildings”, 2001)

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