Think Space Programme: First International Concept Degree Architectural Competition

Zagreb Society of Architects organizes an international series of concept based architectural competitions entitled Think Space starting on 14 December 2010

serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and exchange of conceptual ideas. Each cycle lasts a calendar year and is constituted by four competitions under the annual theme determined by a guest curator. Each competition brief is formulated by a juror who is proposed by the guest curator and the organizing committee. At the end of the cycle a conference will be held in Zagreb under the annual theme along with the Award ceremony.

The Think Space program aims to bring together world renown and established figures with emerging voices (students and professionals) within the fields of architecture, landscape, design, the arts and the humanities.

The first competition brief developed by juror Mr Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, within the Think Space: Borders program challenges architects, designers and other participants to rethink Urban Borders.

Details of this first competition and complete information on the programme can be found on the official website.

Inside Outside / Ivanisin & Kabashi Arhitekti

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Architects: Ivanisin & Kabashi Arhitekti
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Project Architects: Krunoslav Ivanisin, Lulzim Kabashi
Collaborators: Iva Ivas, Mario Matic, Maja Milat
Structure: SMAGRA, Miljenko Srkoc
Construction Pit Protection: Ibrahim Jasarevic
Project Area: 23,922 sqm (Car Park) & 1,997 sqm (Sports Hall)
Project Year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Danko Vucinovic, Roel Backaert

Family House Pojatno / Centura

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The desire of a young married couple with two children was to have a house of modern expression that takes elements of local architecture. The architects were able to accomplish this by material selection of natural concrete, rough stone, aluminum, pine wood, glass, and through form and local spatial solutions, large porch and central fireplace.  This design creates space that provides privacy while emphasizing the best view to the landscape.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of this project.

Architects: Centura d.o.o.
Location: , Croatia
Project Area: 235 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Centura

Paromlin Baths / NFO

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Croatian architects NFO shared with us their first prize project for the international competition in the location of an old steam mill in Zagreb, . More images and architect’s description after the break.

City Soccer Stadium Lapad / NFO

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Croatian architects NFO shared with us their 3rd prize proposal for the competition to design a new soccer stadium in the city of , . See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Museum of Contemporary Art / Studio za arhitekturu d.o.o.

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Architects: Studio za arhitekturu d.o.o.
Location: Zagreb,
Collaborators: Bernarda Silov, Morana Vlahović, Tajana Derenčinović Jelčić, Andreja Dodig, Petar Reić, Simona Sović Štos, Zorana Zdjelar
Contractor: Tehnika d.d.
Structure: Studio K d.o.o.
Mechanical Installations: Arhingtrade d.o.o.
Electrical Installations: Arhingtrade d.o.o.
Sewage and Water Supply: Arhingtrade d.o.o.
Fire protection: IB-inženjering Belobrajić d.o.o.
Acoustics: AVC d.o.o.
Project area: 18,000 sqm
Project year: 1999 – 2009
Photographs: Sandro Lendler, Filip Beusan, Jasenko Rasol, Studio HRG, Damir Fabijanic

Two Houses / Arhitektri

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Architects: Arhitektri
Location: Bratovici, ,
Project Team: Rujana Bergam Markovic, Boska Bahtijarevic, Aleksandar Markovic
Contractor: SAB d.o.o.
Project Area: 2,179 sqm
Design Year: 2007-2008
Construction Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Miljenko Bernfest & Aleksandar Markovic

NOVIstipic / UPI-2M

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Architects: UPI-2M
Location: Lucko, Hrvatska,
Investor: Stipić Grupa
Author: UPI-2M – Vedran Jukic, Berislav Medic, Alan Leo Plestina
Architectural Design: UPI-2M – Vedran Jukic, Alan Leo Plestina, Ivan Cikes
Structural Design: UPI-2M – Hrvoje Mihal, Marko Đuran, Tomislav Iličkovic, Goran Janjuš, Darko Makar, Ivan Peso, Ivan Habuš
Project area: 2,500 sqm
Photographs: Davor Konjikusic, Petar Petrovski, Vanja Solin, Zvonimir Katancic

Zadar Library / SANGRAD architects and AVP_arhitekti

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Vedran Pedišić, (SANGRAD architects), Emil Špirić, Erick Velasco Farrera and Juan Jose Nunez Andrade (AVP_arhitekti) have submitted their competition proposal for the Library in , Croatia. The project received was awarded with an honorable mention. Images of the proposal and the architect’s description after the break.

Arena Zagreb / UPI-2M

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Architects: UPI-2M / Nenad Borgudan, Tamara Stantic Brcic, Berislav Medic, Alan Leo Plestina
Location: Zagreb,
Project Area: 90,340 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Davor Konjikusic, Robert Les, Vanja Solin, Tomislav Ilickovic, , Miljenko Hegedic

V-528 Multifunctional Activity Center / fabriK·B


Architects: fabriK·B / Benjamin Scharf, Gonzalo Elizarraras
Location: Hvar,
Collaborator: E. Mussche
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of fabriK·B

Cascade Commercial Center / Radionica Arhitekture

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Architects: Radionica Arhitekture
Location: Zagreb,
Project Team: Blanka Gutschy, Vedrana Ivanda, Kristina Jeren, Goran Rako, Nenad Ravnić, Josip Sabolić, Marusja Tus
Structural Engineering: Branko Galic
Project Area: 18,000 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2008
Construction Year: 2009
Photographs: Boris Cvjetanovic

House of Tolerance, international workshop

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A few days ago the Croatian architecture scene amazed us with their pavilion for the Venice Biennale. And there’s more coming from this country: House of Tolerance, a 4 week international workshop at the School of Architecture in , Croatia, has been announced. The workshop is open to students and young professionals (up to 35 years old), and will result in the new House of Tolerance for the city. The winning proposal from the workshop will be proposed to the city mayor, to build the first stage of the project.

The workshop directed and taught by Hvroje Njiric (watch his interview with ArchDaily) and Emil Sverko.

More info after the break:

Segrt Hlapic Kindergarten / Radionica Arhitekture

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Architects: Radionica Arhitekture / Goran Rako, Nenad Ravnic, Josip Sabolic
Location: Sesvete, ,
Project Team: Vedrana Ivanda, Kristina Jeren, Goran Rako, Nenad Ravnic, Josip Sabolic
Collaborator: Mateo Bilus
Structural Engineering: Branko Galic
Site Area: 6,720 sqm
Project Area: 2,700 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Construction Year: 2008
Photographs: Boris Cvjetanovic

Narona Archaeological Museum / Radionica Arhitekture

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Architects: Radionica Arhitekture / Goran Rako
Location: Vid, Metković,
Project Team: Mario Beusan, Blanka Gutschy, Goran Rako, Nenad Ravnic
Structural Engineering: Branko Galic
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2001-2004
Construction Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Boris Cvjetanovic

Croatian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

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Based on the idea of Mirage, described at the wikipedia as a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky, the team that designed the Croatian for the Biennale decided to create a floating pavilion to present arts and architecture of Croatia at the Biennale.

Following the same principles of a Fata Morgana, which is an unusual and very complex form of Mirage that can be seen in a narrow band right above the horizon, the Floating Pavilion is constructed on an existing barge with dimensions of 10m x 20m x 3m. It is designed by a group of 14 leading Croatian architects, who have made the recent Croatian architecture visible on the global scene. Instead of working in the usual formats of their practices and presenting speculative projects, they decided to work together on a single proposal and to have it constructed and towed toward its final destination in Venice right away. The pavilion structure is the barge’ cargo, welded from 30 tons of Q385 wire mesh in more than 40 layers of varying contours. The cargo presented here maps the process of intense interaction between architects working on the common project, their collaboration with the Croatian maritime industry, and the extraordinary act of architecture it produced. Please follow the pavilion’s maiden voyage across the Adriatic over here

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Zagreb Crafts Centre / SANGRAD architects and AVP_arhitekti

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Vedran Pedišić, Mladen Hofmann (SANGRAD architects), and Emil Špirić and Erick Velasco Farrera (AVP_arhitekti) shared with us their winning proposal for the New Zagreb Crafts Centre Competition in . The architects presented an introverted island organized around the central public communications and spaces.

See more images and architect’s description after the break.

Split Talks 2010

SPLIT Talks, a three day curated discussion focusing on architecture, tourism, and sustainability, will be held June 16-18 in Diocletian’s Palace in . The event is a coproduction of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Split and the architecture blog,

The theme of this year’s Split Talks is the relationship of Tourism, Croatia’s primary economic driver, and its relation to local planning legislation as well as notions of sustainability internationally. The current slow-down in development caused by the world economic crisis as well as the impending entry of Croatia to the European Union raise important new questions, problems, and opportunities for design professionals. These issues will be explored through a series of case studies provided by guest lecturers and university faculty and through a series of round tables.

Speakers at SPLIT Talks include international lecturers from the field of architecture, Kees Kaan (Claus en Kaan Architecten), Ralf Lõoke (Salto), Nanne de Ru (Powerhouose Company), David Zahle (BIG), Ricardo Camacho (Casa Granturismo), Croatian architects such as Hrvoje Njirić (njiric+ arhitekti), Silvije Novak (3LHD) and Nikola Bašić as well policy makers and representatives of the tourist indusrty. For the detailed list of lecturers and other information about SPLIT Talks 2010 visit their official website.