Cascade Commercial Center / Radionica Arhitekture

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Architects: Radionica Arhitekture
Location: ,
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 Split, , 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, , Croatia
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

© Boris Cvjetanovic

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 Venice Biennale decided to create a floating to present arts and architecture of at the Venice 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 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 Split. 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, ’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 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.

Parish Church of St Luke the Evangelist / Roman Vukoja & Robert Kriznjak

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Architects: Roman Vukoja & Robert Križnjak
Location: ,
Collaborators: Martina Križnjak, Ana Iskra (Ured ovlaštenog arhitekta Robert Križnjak, Croatia)
Structural engineer: Pero Šarušic ( Pprojekt d.o.o., Croatia)
Contractor: Josip Švenda (Team d.d., Croatia)
Client: Mr Josip Horvat (Zagreb Archdiocese, St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Travno quarter, Zagreb)
Project area: 2,100 sqm
Project Year: 2002
Construction Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Ivica Bralic

AD Interviews: 3LHD

My first encounter with the new breed of Croatian architects was with 3LHD, a young firm ran by Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tanja Grozdanic and Silvije Novak. The partners got together while still students at the Zagreb Architecture School in 1994, and thanks to the croatian competition system they were able to do their first public works, starting with the Memorial Bridge in Rijeka (1997). After that, the firm has been involved in several public works such as a stone Sports Hall in Bale, the Spaladium Center in Lora, and their latest realizations: Zamet Center in Rijeka and the Dance Center in Zagreb. In these projects, has been able to develop new shapes that relate to a young nation.

But thanks to their awarded public buildings, the firm has also received commissions for office developments, hotels, and private houses: House K, House N and House V.

I really enjoyed my visit to this practice, and was very glad to see how a young practice (partners born between 1969-1971) can establish a collaborative working environment with a clear organization, that allows them to effectively manage a large team to work in different scales.

University Library / njiric+ arhitekti

For njiric + arhitekti‘s library in , , the team worked with interpreting the local context as a “conflict of two matrices – the urban and suburban in the east to the west.”   The new library emerges at the crossroads of these two different zones.   With emphasis on the erosion of public space and an explosion of new technologies, the library becomes a series of environments with access to different activities.   In this way, the library becomes a host for different purposes, for instance, “the library = market = hotel = shopping. ”  The Mediterranean variant for the library is based on the density and the interdependencies between the university building, student hostels, major public buildings, and the diverse landscape structure.

More images after the break.

Za(breg) 2012 / njiric+ arhitekti

njiric+ arhitekti‘s design for a large stadium has been nicknamed as the “Blue Volcano” by the public and the press, an overwhelming built form that creates a presence in the city, a new landmark for the area.  The stadium was conceived not as a building typology but rather as a topography. Using the natural undulation of the landscape, the new civic arena is housed within an artificial hill made of recycled rubber and blue pigment sprayed onto corrugated sheets.

More about the stadium after the break.

Zagrad Center / Randić & Turato

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Architects: Randić & Turato / Saša Randić and Idis Turato
Location: Rijeka,
Collaborators: Leora Drazul, Ana Stanicic, Sinisa Glusica, Iva Cuzela (Technical Architects)
Contractor: Dragan Ribaric
Client: Austrograd d.o.o. Rijeka
Project Area: 18,000 sqm
Construction date: 2007
Photographs: Robert Leš

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Agaticeva St. / Randić & Turato


Architects: Randić & Turato / Saša Randić and Idis Turato
Location: Rijeka,
Collaborator: Gordan Resan
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Robert Leš

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Zagreb Pavilion by njiric + arhitekti for sale on eBay

1258991683-151009070379a-528x385Designed for the “44th Salon”, an architecture show in , the pavilion designed by njiric + arhitekti (featured on ArchDaily) is currently on sale on eBay.

The Pavilion is approximately 24ft across and 38ft high, and is built using steel framing, with acrylic sidings and interior and aluminum siding. Inside is the dome is placeholder for video projection equipment so this can be used for multimedia exhibitions. The starting bid is US$ 100.000 and there’s a little less than a month to bid.

To bid or find more information, click here.

Rural Mat / njiric+ arhitekti

© Domagoj Blazevic
© Domagoj Blazevic

Architects: njiric+ arhitekti doo
Location: , Croatia
Architects in Charge: Hrvoje Njirić, Helena Sterpin
Project Team: David Kabalin, Vedran Skopac, Davor Busnja, Igor Ekstajn, Ljiljana Gasi, Tena Zic, Diego Pereira, Diego Labbé
Structure: G&F d.o.o., Eugen Gajsak
Site Supervisor: Gark d.o.o. – Kruno Komesar, Zoran Skrepnik
Client: Titan d.o.o.
Contractor: Ravago d.o.o.
Project Area: 3,500 sqm
Budget: 3,000,000 €
Project Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Domagoj Blazevic

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Residental Building 7-4 / Arhipolis


Architects: Arhipolis
Location: , Croatia
Architects in Charge: Neno Kezić, Nora Roje
Project Team: Neno Kezić, Nora Roje, Josip Katalinić, Matea Marinović
Structure: Grading-Projekt
Electrical: Elektro-klima projekt
Client: Elanija
Project Area: 9,000 sqm
Budget: 7,000,000 Euro
Project Year: 2006
Construction Year: 2007-2008

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Zagreb Dance Center / 3LHD

© Sandro Lendler
© Sandro Lendler

Architects: 3LHD
Location: ,
Project team: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Jasminka Jug, Zorislav Petric, Zeljko Mohorovic, Dijana Vandekar, Marin Mikelic
Client: City of Zagreb
Site Area: 1,360 sqm
Project Area: 1,438 sqm
Project year: 2003-2008
Construction year: 2005-2009
Photographs: Sandro Lendler

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Adris Group Building / Randić & Turato


Randić & Turato shared their competition entry for the new Adris Group headquarters in .   The architects investigated corporate office typology and its ability to generate public space when designing the proposal.  ”Instead of building a structure on the perimeter of the block, that creates a characteristic configuration with public street on the outside and enclosed private court on the inside,  the concept raises the program in a structure that hovers over the existing block,” explained the architects.  In this way, the ground floor is completely accessible to the public creating a covered square below the new office building.   The structure is supported by our sets of large columns that hold the building’s independent geometries. Each of these “legs” are programmed with ground level activities while the offices are organized within a horizontal framing structure.

More about the design after the break.