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Gymnasium 46º09'N-16º50E / STUDIO UP

  • 01:00 - 28 May, 2009
Gymnasium 46º09'N-16º50E / STUDIO UP
Gymnasium 46º09'N-16º50E / STUDIO UP

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  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architects

    Lea Pelivan + Toma Plejic / STUDIO UP
  • Project Team

    Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic, Sasa Relic, Marina Zajec, Katarina Luketina, Danka Tisljar, Ana Dana Beros, Mojca Smode, Marina Smokvina, Ana Boljar, Masa Mujakic, Antun Sevsek (models 1:50, 1:100 Zeljko Golubic, Jerolim Mladinov, Dujam Ivanisevic, Silvija Lakovic), Mateo Bilus, Teodor Cvitanovic, UPI-2M: Berislav Medic, Goran Janjus, Andrej Markovic, ENG-90: Milan Bjedov, Ernest Kevo, Sinisa Radic, INSPEKTING: Milan Carevic
  • Client

    Koprivnica Municipal Authority, Koprivnica-Krizevci County, Tehnika SPV (private partner)
  • Cost

    10,958,904.00 €
  • Program

    High school (900 students) and Sports hall (2000 visitors)
  • Investment

    Public-private partnership
  • Site Area

    2,4 ha
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. This morning, at the Granting ceremony of the Mies van der Rohe Awards for European Architecture in Barcelona at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, we met Lea and Toma, founders of Studio Up, winners of the Emerging Architect Special Mention for Gymnasium 46° 09' N / 16° 50' E in Koprivnica, Croatia -and they shared with us this interesting project.

Lea Pelivan (Born in Split, Croatia in 1976) and Toma Plejić (Born in Riijeka, Croatia in 1977) both received their architecture diplomas in 2001 from the University of Zagreb where they established their professional practice in 2003. Their most important projects include: Frameworks (Site-specific project for the 2004 Biennale di Venezia), the P10 Mixed-Use Building, Split and the Spectator Business Building, Zagreb.

‘Koprivnica - Spirit of Mega'; a town with the lowest number of college graduates in Croatia announced the rebellious competition program for 900 scholars and 2000 spectators in 2003.

The site of the high school building and a sports hall, in front of the American-like housing suburb periphery, is located at the end of a series of ambitious town interventions - mega elements. ‘Tabula rasa'; The contact site of these ‘two worlds' is radically divided into two parts, black and green, full and empty, spiritual and physical, one facing the city and the other facing the residential suburbia.

The new building complex arises between these two extremes. An enigmatic compressed mono-volume of the gymnasium and sports hall complex with intricate spatial relations in contrast to a vast plain landscape, placed centrally on the plot, forms a gymnasium - a common place - a contrasting provocative whole lacking a foreground or background, without hierarchy or authority.

The "common place" concept examines the stability of the hybrid, and enables the most diverse interpretations both in terms of use and interpretation of significance of the building. The selection of an abstract mono-volume, with a transparent membrane is a radical break with the modernist tradition of building schools and sports facilities as three-dimensional interpretations of bureaucratic disposition schemes. In addition to the public-private partnership in construction of the gymnasium and sports hall in Koprivnica, the idea of building two complementary urban facilities in a single building also arose. Hybrid facilities overlap with the public-private partnership concept, where the hybrid complex is leased and managed independently of the newly formed institution. The spatial and visual overlapping of the facilities and the synergy of use constitute the basic operative logic underlying the building.

The structure of the building is reinforced concrete on the ground floor, while the upper floors are realized with dry assembled ‘H' shaped steel elements. The classrooms floors have thin Slim-deck flooring, made up of trapezoid section lightweight galvanized sheet steel and cast concrete. The roof of the sports hall is made using a specially designed grid work of right-angled elements and joints in steel. Generally, all the materials are available on the standard building market (lightning, anodised aluminium window frames, metal parapet grilles, Profilit industrial opal glass) and there is no finishing when unnecessary, as in case of the floor soffits which are left unfinished. Because of its high cost there is no air conditioning in the gym, so system of shutters above the sports hall and the ducts through the cantilevered classrooms of the top floor ensure a constant flow of cool air during the summer months, while the double polycarbonate skin creates a ‘green house effect' in winter. The translucent skin, illuminated at night, radiates the even and turns the building into public condenser, an iconic and symbolic place for the youngsters of Koprivnica.

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up_today_arch · October 09, 2010

Real success for architects...

ja · March 06, 2010

pozivam vas sve da do?ete u taj jad i bijedu. posebno bi mi bilo drago vidjeti pelivanku i pleji?a jedan radni dan u toj školi pa da osjete svojih ruku djelo: zagušljivost, znoj, smrad, vakuum ...u kojem bi djeca trebala stjecati znanje. KRIMINAL za koji se danas može dobiti još i nagrada! STRAŠNO!

Louisa · February 14, 2010

Great design, great use of synergy with the structure. Nice to see more green friendly designs. No a/c in the gym, very impressive.

Balkan · July 28, 2009

Bravo komsije:)

three zed · July 28, 2009

studio UP will be giving a lecture during "days of oris" in zagreb, croatia this fall, and i can't wait.....
thumbs up from your neighbors!

marko · May 30, 2009

cestitke toma & lea

NM · May 30, 2009

Fabulous work. I'm so proud of these girls.

a · May 30, 2009

their site is

weil · May 29, 2009

very good work...kapo dol...

francis · May 29, 2009

There's no quibbling over the achievement of the architects, the diligence/pragmatism/sustainability/elegance of their architecture ... and the deserving award .... but if my sums serves me correctly, this building works out at 945euro per sq.m to realise?

Lucas Gray · May 29, 2009

great use of translucency to utilize natural lighting.

Tobias Hönig · May 29, 2009

Just been in croatia and haven`t had the time to see it which makes me sad...

banana · May 29, 2009

love it!

Nikola · May 29, 2009

I almost can not believe. Such a simple and pragmatic solution for a school (the program and spatial organization, the materials, colors...) can produce GREAT WORK. An icon of simplicity.
And this is not poisoned from the boring mainstreams: De- constructivism, Zahaism, OMA-ism, SANAA-ism...

Croatians create their own Croatian style which will influence in the (emptied of ideas) EU architecture.
Bravo Croatians!!!

Mookie Wilson · May 29, 2009

Wow. Really great work. The central hall is space fantastic.


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