Located at Trubarjeva ulica 26 in the center of Ljubljana, the Bookstore Modrijan is situated in an old building that dates back to 1938. The building originally served as a sewing place and textile store until it started being used as a national magazine, a state publishing house, a toy store, a cloths store and finally it was turned into a bookstore. Hopefully this will be the final makeover.
The bookstore opened its doors in September 2009 and was designed by AKSL arhitekti d.o.o.. It’s not a typical crowded bookstore. As you enter, there’s five meter high entrance hall surrounded by a gallery on three sides. The bookstore measures a total of more than 300 sq meters and the space is filled with wall cabinets and islands.
The books are stacked on shelves and arranged by content. There’s a central area that includes the gallery and another space for the children’s books. This area is actually multi-functional and it can be used for book presentations, cultural events, press conferences and it also serves as a play area.
That is a bookstore that doesn’t desire just to sell as many books as possible. It’s an inviting place where people enter with pleasure and they feel welcomed. This is the kind of atmosphere that would rather encourage people to buy books, rather than just box them up in a crowded space where they can’t even find a place to rest.