The GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre was built in the 1950s and is protected as a cultural monument for its modern functionalist architecture. Through the decades it underwent several overhauls with the most extensive taking place from 2005 to 2007, which refreshed and extended the multipurpose nature of the halls to host diverse types of events. In the past few years GR established itself as a modern and flexible exhibition and convention centre that features 24 multipurpose halls, which are complemented by 10,194 sqm of outdoor space.
In 2010, when the GR was celebrating its 55th anniversary, it expanded its capacities onto the premises of an adjacent business building dating from 1979, which has been designed by Milan Mihelič – the same architect who authored the plans of the GR. The new premises are directly connected to the GR and have been named, like the other halls, after the poems of the greatest Slovenian poet, Dr. France Prešeren. The Apel complex, spreading across four levels and a total of 12,892 square metres, is divided into four sections:
- Sonet Hall, ground floor (1,636 sqm)
- Gazela Hall, 1st floor (2,211 sqm)
- Oda Hall, 1st basement (3,692 sqm)
- Meduza Hall, 2nd basement (5,353 sqm)
This almost doubles GR's previous indoor capacities, which now comprise over 26,000 square metres of net space. The enhanced functionality of the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre has allowed upgrading its portfolio as to welcome even more demanding and larger projects, encompassing exhibitions, congresses and diverse business meetings, which all continue GR’s tradition and commitment to providing the highest level of service for all types of events.
More information is available on the official website.