Ivan Filipivoc has shared with us this preliminary project for a crafts center in Zagreb, Croatia. Deriving its inspiration from one of the oldest crafts – blacksmithing, the architecture bears a strong symbolism to this act of making. More on the project after the break.
The formal connection of the architecture is developed by the tool of the blacksmith: the anvil. The base of the building is this symbol and is also a programmatic support for the products of the work. The skyscraper, the hall, the hotel and the Academy School for Craft are all located within the building.
A material distinction runs through the architecture dividing the base from the objects built upon it. The base-anvil has a metal texture, while the objects above are polished metal and glass.