Location: Hvar, Croatia
Architects: Benjamin Scharf, Gonzalo Elizarraras
Collaborator: E. Mussche
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of fabrik·b
From the architect. The project is located on the island Hvar, Croatia in the Adriatic Sea. The concept was born to create a Multi Activity Centre inside the ruins of an old chapel and castle.
The aim was to unified pragmatically different types of activities like: Theatre, Concerts, Yoga, Capoeria and at least a new way of sound healing in the old chapel.
The client’s concept stands for the frequency of Love – 528 Hertz – and there for the planet Venus, that use to represent the goodness of love.
The basic idea was to implement new roof structure that organises the program and also connects the open space in a new way and in the other hand brings independence also to the different platforms without losing the visual link.
The Domes came naturally as an answer with it forms, collect the energy and trough the opening in the roof it connects this with the sky. (Venus)
The forms are also created out of the different needs of the concept, like the Theatre Dome that is shaped by visual and functional patterns.
The construction was calculated by engineers in Croatia and the structure is made out of two layers of steel-tubes that are connected with each other as a spider web does.
A perforated metallic plate is attached over the steel-tube construction and is covered with Epoxy layer that are coloured in a similar kind of red as the old surrounding houses.
The Old walls have to remain untouched so to try not to compete with the existing heavy stone walls we restore some new walls and proposed walls with gabions using the same stone just in a contemporary reinterpretation on the same material.
The NEW is respecting the OLD and makes the old buildings stand out and creating a harmony of old and new in one. Creating a very special place to flow the energy of love....