The Great Hall in which the National Assembly sits was renovated in 2000 (from August to December). The renovation was designed by architects Sonja Miculinić, Albina Kindlhofer and Darja Valič.
The colour combinations and choice of materials (grey flooring and grey granite from Pohorje on the floor, white walls and ceiling, cherry veneer on the walls and deputies’ desks, and grey leather deputy chairs and balcony chairs) give the space elegance, lightness, and harmony. The wall behind the seats of the National Assembly's presidency is marble from Hotavlje.
The Great Hall is circular and measures 422 m² in area. The circle, featuring granite flooring in the centre, characterises the centre of legislative power, the seat of the highest democratic institution. The circular design corresponds to the Slovenian archetype of elders gathered in a circle at a stone table under the village linden tree. The stone central circle is associated with the symbolism of the Prince's Stone and follows Jože Plečnik's idea who in 1947 drew up a design of the Slovenian parliament in the form of a cone with a circular base (the unrealised project of the Cathedral of Freedom).
The circular design of the area is based on an idea by architect Jože Plečnik. The democratic circle of community emphasises the area where discussions, arrangements and decisions take place.
The Great Hall has seating for 150 people. It is circular and in the form of an amphitheatre sloping down to the semi-rotating podium. Each deputy seat is equipped with a microphone, a voting system with identification card, an interpreting system, power plug and access to the National Assembly's computer network. Chairs are rotatable, moveable and can be adjusted for height.
The chairs overlooking the main entrance to the hall are the seats of the President of the National Assembly and the Government. The position of the President of the National Assembly is equipped with central voting equipment and a screen. On the marble wall behind the President is a bronze relief of the Slovene state coat-of-arms, a work by sculptor Marko Pogačnik. It was made to celebrate Slovenia's independence in 1991.
The walls of the Great Hall feature three plasma displays. During sessions, they indicate the time allotted for discussion to deputies, deputy groups and the Government, the deputies present at voting and the voting results, as well as other information as needed.
The balcony or the gallery overlooking the Great Hall is primarily intended for the public, but also for the diplomatic corps and invited guests. The gallery has 106 seats covered in dark grey leather and arranged in four rows. There are four interpreter booths in the gallery which are also available to radio and TV reporters during live broadcasts of National Assembly sessions.
The central area in the lobby of the gallery serves as an exhibition space where protocol gifts are on display.
Since 23 December 2000, the National Assembly has been holding its session in the renovated Great Hall.
More in (only in Slovene):
Grabar, N. (2012): The Architecture of Parliament from the Plans of Vinko Glanz. (PDF 10 MB)
Take a virtual tour of the National Assembly's building before the visit.