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Zamet Centre / 3LHD

  • 01:00 - 21 October, 2009
Zamet Centre / 3LHD
Zamet Centre / 3LHD, © Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD
© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD

© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD © Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD © Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD © Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rijeka, Croatia
  • Architect

    3LHD - Sasa Begovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zvonimir Marcic, Leon Lazaneo, Eugen Popovic, Nives Krsnik Rister, Andrea Vukojic
  • Collaborators

    Mateo Bilus, Building Physics / Details; Berislav Medic, UPI-2M, Structural Engineering; Branko Čorko, IPZ-elektroinzenjering 22, Electrical Engineering; Mario Lukenda, Termoinzenjering-projektiranje d.o.o., HVAC; Slavko Simunović, HIT PROJEKT, MEP Engineering - Plumbing; Nenad Semenov, PASTOR, sprinkler installation; Rok Pietri, LIFT MODUS, elevators; Zeljko Arbanas, IGH PC Rijeka, diaphragm wall; Zeljko Stipković, Fire Protection; Ivica Babic, Zavod za zastitu na radu Rijeka, Safety at Work; Marija Babojelic, Special Consultant - Cost Consultant; Ines Hrdalo, Landscape Architect; Damir Bralić, Lana Cavar i Narcisa Vukojevic, signage and environmental graphics design; Nikola Durek, "Typonine Zamet" typeface design
  • Program

    Public, cultural, business, sport
  • Construction

     Dec 2007,  October 2009
  • Size

    16.830 m2
  • Volume

    88.075 m2
  • Budget

    20 mil €
  • Client

    Grad Rijeka / Rijeka Sport d.o.o.
  • Main Contractor

    GP Krk
  • Footprint:

    4.724 m2
  • Area

    12.289 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Situated in Rijeka’s quarter Zamet, the new Zamet Centre in complete size of 16830 m2 hosts various facilities: sports hall with max 2380 seats, local community offices, library, 13 retail and service spaces and a garage with 250 parking spaces.

© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD
© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD

One third of the sports hall’s volume is cut in the ground, and the rest of the Centre is fully fitted into the surrounding landscape. The building’s main architectural element are ribbon-like linear stripes stretching over the site in a north-south direction, functioning at the same time as an architectural design element of the object and as a zoning element which forms a public square and a link between the park on the north and school and B. Vidas street on the south.

© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD
© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD

The stripes were inspired by “gromača”, a type of rocks specific to Rijeka, which the centre artificially reinterprets by colour and shape. They are paved with 51.000 ceramic tiles designed by 3LHD and manufactured specially for the centre. The steel construction, girder span of 55 meters and their varying height allow the natural light illumination of the sports hall.

© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD
© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD

The hall has been designed in accordance with the latest world sports standards for major international sports competitions. The concept is based on flexibility of space. Playground size is 46 x 44 meters, for two handball courts. The hall contains all the supporting facilities for professional training and competition, and the auditorium designed as a system of telescopic stands enables the transformation for everyday use as well as for other activities such as concerts, conferences and congresses. Selected interior materials - wood and acoustic panels, suggests that the hall is a large living room for athletes. The main access to the hall and other facilities is located west of the hall from the public square and from the underground garage.

© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD
© Domagoj Blazevic + 3LHD
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crab · December 05, 2011

Hello !
i am an architecture student in the 4th year and am studing zamet center so i need the project drawings please! thanks.

Italien Reiseführer · October 06, 2011

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Sizilien · October 04, 2011

Another great design and realisation from 3LHD. I am impresed again.

Nicolò Ondelli · September 13, 2011

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Thomas · August 26, 2011

Seems to be a very cool place on earth!

Olivenöl · July 27, 2011

Love the formal concept.
But, the interior seems to come from another building.

Fotogravur · June 22, 2011

liked the concept and the form! Nice

Reiseführer · June 09, 2011

Great idea, very interesting building!

Martin Wolf · May 29, 2011

very fantastic is it an nice plaza!!!

Bio Olivenöl · May 29, 2011

fantastic !!
great form and ideas.. i liked the roof strips turning into the plaza surface. amazing modern architecture

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Nico · March 19, 2011

It looks like the perfect skateboard area;-)!

Jovan Adamov · February 16, 2011

nice plaza

sam · February 01, 2011

really beautiful!! I found this project on and I think that it's very interesting how they evaluated urban conditions

Eventmodule · January 28, 2011

This looks so great! Are there some more information about the building?

mehrnoush · January 24, 2011

I want to know about detail of materials specially glasses in Zamet Centre...

HyunJin,KIM · January 12, 2011

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f · January 07, 2011

I don't think that beautiful Architecture can feel the lack of Landscape design on that project...

REEZE · December 17, 2010

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farhad · November 16, 2010

it's realy great...

Hüpfburg Frankfurt · October 24, 2010

That looks verry nice, but a bit more "green" would be great!

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mar · March 23, 2010

I think that is a very good project, the form is interesting, but... where are the trees???

justdonewithschool · March 04, 2010

weird, I thought I designed this project 3 years ago in school!! Almost exactly except for the plaza area and the program. hmmmmm

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adhyaksa mardjuni · February 10, 2010
schneeballgriller · December 24, 2009

fantastic !!!

gayssa · December 11, 2009


Alia · November 29, 2009

fantastic !!
great form and ideas.. i liked the roof strips turning into the plaza surface. amazing modern architecture

Hayat Jamal · November 28, 2009

Firstly, I'm happy to find a real project that look like one of my former project as an architectureal student!!

the linear stripes stretching over the site in a north-south direction look like slabs I used to design a cultural center! interesting! =)

Secondly, I could feel the relation between the different programmes : Public, cultural, business, sport and the weaving slabs .The play of inclinations enhance the dymaic enviroment which represent a public space.
The orientation of the openings are good blocking the south daylight and allow the smooth east- west penetration of daylight through the translucent walls .
Finally, the distribution of staircases ease the circulation and introduce an interesting experience for the visitors.

Liking this project =)

Aya · November 23, 2009

Great design! love how the roofs tops are slowly flattening to form plazas.. very interesting compositions! good job!

Halima Rashid · November 22, 2009

The project is really amazing. I liked the concept and the form!

salvadore · November 17, 2009

this is so peter eisenman!!!

KHUSHAL · May 06, 2010 09:18 AM

@salvadore-is der only eisenmen left on dis planet who can design like dis.
hw simply and beautifully they hv taken natural light into the building.

Marco · November 14, 2009

It's nice to see new interesting projects coming from Croatia; however, is someone still playing with folding architecture?! for me is a bit too Cliché. Too basic way of using the method of folding. After 15 years or more that folding architecture does exist, I would expect something more by someone challenging this method.

Denis · November 12, 2009

Great project, i love Rijeka...

proty · November 04, 2009

I like this design?
Good ideas?

guido · October 26, 2009


Rajic Predrag · October 23, 2009

Another great design and realisation from 3LHD.
I am impresed again.

frank Wilson · October 23, 2009

really like the continuity between the plaza exterior finish throughout the walls. I am very impressed. GREAT USE OF TEXTURE> However, the final products lacks of sequence and softness. I would love a litlle more of study and development between transition planes.

Great use of concepts, sense of comunity, social responsibility, etc. It needs add more space sensitivity.

Interior lack of sequence and transitional spaces...It is rigid a some perspectives...

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toast · October 22, 2009

great design concept and execution.
I like a lot

Ultr@levure · October 22, 2009

Really nice.
Love the formal concept.
But, the interior seems to come from another building.

Fewo W. · October 22, 2009

I really like this amazing and modern architectute - especially the plaza place.

Nathan · October 22, 2009

Conceptual rigor is fantastic. I agree with the above comments re: the expansiveness of the plaza; something should definitely be on the edge of the stairs to soften the space.

I'm sorry that the landscape was not installed - I think it would have really helped the pics.

Richie · October 22, 2009

I realy like the rigour of the concept (with the roof strips turning into the plaza surface) but it doesn't seem like much was done to make the plaza habitable, it's just this big expanse of stone. The sport hall looks impressive inside.

christopher · October 21, 2009

its sort of a scale-less jumble. the plaza area is nice for comunity activities, but there is very little definition of the volume versus the plaza seems to slam into it more than rise out of it. not to mention channel glass ad nauseum. the interior areas are beautiful...a very nice arena to watch sports. i wish that was translated to the exterior a bit more.

christopher · October 21, 2009 11:54 PM


eron · October 21, 2009

great!!amazing design, and people using it prooves the urban/architectonic quality

max · December 01, 2011 08:54 PM

I agree this is such an amazing project!
Here is an interview with 3LHD about Zamet center:


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