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Designers & Creators Directory

Boris Kobe

(BOR-is KOH-bee)

Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Heritage: Slovene

Date born: October 9th, 1905

Date deceased: May 3rd, 1981

Education: Univ. of Ljubljana (grad. 1929)


Born in Ljubljana in 1905, Kobe is considered one of the most significant Slovenian architects and designers. He was schooled at the University of Ljubljana where he trained under famous Ljubljana architect Jože Plečnik. He graduated from university in 1929. For the next ten years, he apprenticed at architectural firms around Ljubljana developing his skills as a designer. However, at the onset of World War II, he was imprisoned at the German Allach concentration camp, the largest sub-camp of Dachau, 16km northwest of Munich. While imprisoned at the camp, Kobe notably created a set of hand-drawn tarot cards, which depict the macabre daily life experienced at the death camp. After surviving the camps at the end of the war, he continued on with his architectural career and created no other artistic works known related to his time in the camps. In 1946, he collaborated with his old professor Plečnik to renovate a 15th century tower of Ljubljana Castle. For the next several decades he worked on designing and renovating public monuments and parks across Slovenia, from Ulrich, to Tivoli Pond, to Ljubelj, to Graz. In addition to his architecture, he also was a renowned painter and illustrator, for which he won a Levstik Award in 1952 when he illustrated a new edition of Tavčar's "The Visoko Chronicles". However, one work that he might be most known for is his part in creating the 'Monument to the Battle of Dražgoše' in the hills of the Julian Alps in 1970. In 1977, he was granted the Grand Prešeren Award, Slovenia's highest honor for those who have dedicated a lifetime of work in the fields of arts and culture. In 1981, Kobe passed away in Ljubljana at the age of 75.

Works by this Designer:

This is a listing of a number of memorials, monuments, cultural centers and other notable Yugoslav-era civic works by Boris Kobe. Those sites listed in the upper part of this section have profile pages, while those listed in the lower part do not yet have completed profile pages. A listing of international memorial works done by Kobe is also included here. This list is not exhaustive and will be added to over time.

Yugoslav Works with profile pages:

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Dražgoše, SLO

Name: Monument to the Cankar Battalion

Year: 1976, with Stojan Batič & Ive Šubic


Podljubelj, SLO

Name: Mon. to Ljubelj Concentration Camp

Year: completed in 1950, Jože Bertoncelj

Yugoslav Works without profile pages:


Ljubljana, SLO

Name: Monument to the Youth Pioneers

Year: completed 1962, with Zdenko Kalin

Location: N46°03'31.7", E14°29'45.0"


Ljubljana, SLO


Ljubljana, SLO

Name: Monument to Boris Kidrič

Year: completed 1959, with Zdenko Kalin

Location: N46°03'00.1", E14°29'53.3"


Vrhnika, SLO

Name: Mon. to Fallen Fighters on Drča Hill

Year: completed 1950, with Boris Kalin

Location: N45°57'23.1", E14°17'28.4"

Name: NOB Monument on St. Ulrich's Hill

Year: 1955, w/ Zdenko Kalin & Karl Putrih

Location: N46°02'04.4", E14°34'59.1"

International Works without profile pages:


Graz, Austria

Name: Monument to the Victims of Fascism

Year: completed 1961

Location: N43°34'28.8", E12°07'56.9"

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