Croatian Bishop Conference Building / Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb

  • 01:00 - 8 November, 2011
© Miro Martinić
© Miro Martinić
  • Architects

    Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb
  • Location

    Zagreb, Croatia
  • Project Team

    Sonja Tadej, Marija Grković, Zvonimir Pavković, Željko Pavlović, Davor Pavlović
  • Client

    Croatian Bishop's Conference
  • Area

    11900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Miro Martinić

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From the architect. The Croatian Bishops' Conference building is an administrative and cultural center and a residence of the top hierarchical structure of Catholic church in Croatia. The building is located in an attractive northern area of the city with gardens and green public areas. It is positioned on a gentle slope with a park and two individual buildings: the Bishop's Ordinariate building and the Papal Nuncio's residence.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The front of the building faces the main road which provides access to the building. It also functions as the external side of the atrium covering the internal courtyard and the ground floor. Its white onyx slats cladding acts at the same time as an effective shading device. However, its special effect is created by night due to its light absorption and emission properties. The decision to use this material was inspired both by its aesthetic properties and the symbolism of the building referring to light and purity.

© Miro Martinić
© Miro Martinić

The atrium around the internal courtyard accommodates the offices. The central area contains a chapel and a conference room whereas the east-facing residential area with a view of the park is located in the rear. These two areas are distinguished by the use of different materials such as concrete or plastic cladding acting in harmony with the onyx cladding. The building dominates the gentle slope with its position, undisturbed horizontals and a shimmering facade screening off complex and dynamic activities going on in its interior.

Courtesy of Nenad Fabijanić

© Miro Martinić
© Miro Martinić
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