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Open Call: THINK public SPACE

The Think Space program serves as a platform for spatial experimentation and conceptual thinking. In 2015, THINK SPACE is conducting an international, public, anonymous, single stage, conceptual architectural – urbanistic idea design Competition under the topic THINK public SPACE. The focus of this Special Edition of Think Space will be directed on urban public space. Within the project Zagreb for Me, the Think Space Competition will strive to seek out solutions for present-day public spaces on conceptual and theoretical levels with the potential of realization of the selected competition projects in the public spaces of Zagreb, Croatia. Read on to learn more. 

Multiplan Arhitekti Wins Competition for New Gallery in Zagreb

Multiplan Arhitekti have shared with us their competition-winning design for an art gallery on one of Zagreb's most prominent streets. The ALUARTFORUM gallery, designed for the University of Zagreb and located next to the existing Academy of Fine Arts, will fill one of the last remaining open spaces on Ilica Street.

More on the design of the gallery after the break

© Jan Jazbec © Jan Jazbec © Jan Jazbec © Jan Jazbec

3rd Think Space Unconference / Money

The annual theme Money and its questions posed by the Think Space 2013 | 2014 guest curators Ethel Baraona Pohl & Cesar Reyes Najera will undoubtedly trigger conversations at the upcoming Unconference event. Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for a hundred participants, Money Unconference will enable thinkers, architects, participants, authors, winners, jurors and guest curators from the MONEY cycle to meet in person at Lauba, People and Art House in Zagreb, 11-13 June 2014.

House In Serdarova Street / Dva Arhitekta

  • Architects: Dva Arhitekta
  • Location: Ulica Ive Serdara, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Architect In Charge: Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
  • Collaborators: Tomislav Burgund, Cvjetka Peronja
  • Area: 399.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Robert Les

© Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les © Robert Les

Savica business & residential building / Studio Za Arhitekturu

  • Architects: Studio Za Arhitekturu
  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Architect In Charge: Igor Franić
  • Collaborators: Tajana Derenčinović Jelčić, Andreja Dodig, Petar Reić, Simona Sović Štos, Zorana Debeljuh
  • Gross Surface Area: 25806 sqm
  • Site Area: 6857 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Sandro Lendler, Filip Beusan

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House 2P / AVP Arhitekti

Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
  • Architects: AVP Arhitekti
  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Authors: TANJA GOLEŠ, VEDRAN PEDIŠIĆ
  • Team: HRVOJE DAVIDOVSKI, MLADEN HOFMANN, GORDANA GREGURIĆ MIOČIĆ, ERICK VELASCO FARRERA
  • Structure: ALEN BATISTA
  • Mechanical Installation: GORAN TOMEK
  • Electrical Installation: MARIJAN MARCIJUŠ
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti

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A+A House / DVA Arhitekta

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Badel Block Complex Proposal / Popular Architecture

The design proposal of the Badel Block Complex by Popular Architecture is a combination of polyvalent and stable, both a massing inviting interpretation and detailed development by others, and an anchor seeking to re-channel the site’s positive qualities. Conceptually, the project begins with making a direct link between the former distillery building and the preserved façade of the Gorica Factory — two features required to be kept. Treating the factory façade as a gateway, the plan pulls in the existing context of an active street market — into the heart of a site cut-off from the city for decades — while also avoiding direct replication of the area’s pervasive perimeter block typology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Badel Block Complex Proposal / Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, Srdan Gajic

Presenting an opportunity, remaining largely unbuilt and mostly unburdened by heritage, the proposal for the Badel Block Complex by Luka Anic, Danko Balog, Tamara Baresic, and Srdan Gajic introduces new spatial configurations to the city center, opening the block area to public access and use. The large demanded gross built area quoted in the competition brief (65 000 m2) instils initial reproach. However, its justification can be found, apart from the apparent economical argument, in the term of density. A dense city is a live, vibrant city. Multiplicity of people, events, and spaces makes a city. And high quality density is what Zagreb lacks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Badel Block Complex Proposal / WAU Design

In the proposal for the Badel Block competition, WAU Design considered the site and its position as an opportunity to create a new center for the locals as well as a new entrance for the city through the ‘Communities of a Single Roof’ design. Considering the relative lack of public space and facilities in the neighborhood, they propose to extend the square and the market inside the Badel block and enlarge the space devoted to culture and leisure in order to strengthen the sense of community and centrality. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'CoExistence' Badel Block Proposal / PlaC

The proposal by PlaC (Plateaux Collaborative) for the Badel Block complex implements an alternative model of urban regeneration. In being sensible to local conditions and open to extra-territorial economic dynamics, equality and the balancing effect become the key-qualities of what they call the ‘CoExistence’ strategy. They measure the plot’s capacity not in terms of maximum square meters for consumers (as in the traditional sense of urban regeneration), but as optimization of the existing capacity. This is then obtained through careful renovation of the Badel assets and a coordinated volumetric upgrade. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Badel Block Winning Proposal / Pablo Pita Architects

With a key concept for the Badel Block proposal of creating the core as a living icon, the existence of such a rich structure as the old distillery building defines this approach. As an opportunity to develop a new structure that enhances new urban routines, this project becomes a strong new urban value. Designed by Pablo Pita Architects, the mixed-use proposal defines the morphology of the construction ring, breaking it down in several pieces. This enables the intervention to be phased and sets the right urban scale. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Badel Block Complex Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti

The design proposal by SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti for the Badel Block Complex, a mixed-use project within the city center of Zagreb, Croatia, consists of enclosing the continuity of the existing block and positioning the vertical into its center. Following the instinct of creating a free, public space as large as possible, and yet also in keeping with the proposed program, with uniform treatment of the existing urban archaeology, represents the main guidelines of this concept. More images and architects’ description after the break.

"Step Inside a Creative Mind" Installation / Prodigium

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Courtesy of Prodigium

Held during the Zagreb Fashion Industry Days, the “Step Inside a Creative Mind” installation by Prodigium allowed young designers to showcase their most intimate thoughts (their collections) and bring them to life for the public. It was up to the architect to design a highly flexible open space, where young designers would set up shop and random people could wander around and shop. A space that was inexpensive yet “hip” enough to attract passers-by that might be interested in fashion. The dome as a starting point reminded the architect of a giant head emerged in the vast plateau on the main square, and he felt that the dome should sub-serve as a beacon instead of merely a confinement of the exhibition space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tuskanac Residence / DVA Arhitekta

  • Architects: DVA Arhitekta
  • Location: Zagreb, Croatia
  • Architects:  DVA Arhitekta  - Tomislav Curkovic / Zoran Zidaric
  • Collaborator: Barbara Vukovic, m.arch
  • Client: Private
  • Area: 1300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Robert Les

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Vrbani Business Center / NFO

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Courtesy of NFO

The proposal for the Vrbani Business Center by NFO in Zagreb, Croatia aims to solve its inner urbanism within itself and set the guidelines for the development of the surrounding area. They do so through a cube form set on the site while passages carve within the closed volume to emphasize directions from the environment and, at the same time, pull users closer to the internal context of the new structure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

“Janko Gredelj” Area Mixed Use Design / Hrvoje Sedlić

Courtesy of Hrvoje Sedlić
Courtesy of Hrvoje Sedlić

Hrvoje Sedlić shared with us a proposal for a mixed use design in an industrial area in Croatia.The project site is on the east part of Zagreb`s horizontal axis. It`s located next to an industrial area of “Janko Gredelj”, but due to a ghetto type organization of that still active industry (a big wall surrounding it), these two spaces were never perceived as one. But like any other industry infrastructure being so close to the city center, it will be dislocated . At that moment, a huge amount of space (20 ha) is opened to be integrated to the city, with a size potential to house any activity and content. More images and project description after the break.