Plečnik House wins Europa Nostra Award
Brussels, 15 May - Plečnik House, the Ljubljana home of acclaimed 20th-century Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, is one of this year's 29 winners from 17 countries of Europa Nostra Award, the EU's prize for cultural heritage, declared in Brussels on Tuesday.
Plečnik House, a museum showcasing the architect's work and personal life, won the award for a comprehensive refurbishment which was completed in 2015.
The jury said the renovation made it possible to involve various social groups in Plečnik House's many activities and raise the awareness about cultural and architectural heritage.
Europe Nostra Awards were introduced by the European Commission in 2002 to recognise outstanding achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service as well as education, training and awareness-raising.
This year, they focussed on promoting the key goals of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Special attention was given to the European dimension of the projects, according to a press release from Europa Nostra, the organisation which is in charge of the prize.
Cultural heritage in all of its diversity is Europe's most precious asset, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics was quoted as saying.
It builds bridges between people and communities, and between the past and future, and is the central part of our European identity, the commissioner added.
The awards were selected by juries from 160 entries submitted by organisations or individuals from 31 European countries.
They will be conferred on 22 June in Berlin as part of the first European cultural heritage summit, which will take place from 18 to 24 June.
At the awards ceremony, seven of the 29 Europe Nostra winners will receive a Grand Prix and 10,000 euro each.
One of the winners will moreover win the Public Choice Award, which will be chosen through an online poll.