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Zadar

Hear This Croatian Seawall Sing as the Wind and Waves Lap the Shore

04:30 - 20 November, 2015
Hear This Croatian Seawall Sing as the Wind and Waves Lap the Shore, The 'Sea Organ' / Nikola Bašić . Image © Tim Ertl
The 'Sea Organ' / Nikola Bašić . Image © Tim Ertl

Following the Second World War, the Croatian city of Zadar underwent a large, rapid reconstructive transformation. The city's seafront became nothing more than a concrete wall until 2005, when architect Nikola Bašić proposed to redesign parts of the seawall to interact with the ocean waves. Concealed beneath marble blocks, the 'Sea Organ' (morske orgulje in Croatian) is comprised of a network of polyethylene tubes and resonating cavities which sing as the waves and wind lap the shore. With thirty five individual pipes spanning a total length of seventy metres, it is the largest aerophone in the world. According to reports, the sound is specifically directed out to sea and is impossible to hear from within the city of Zadar itself. In 2006, the intervention was jointly awarded the European Prize for Urban Space.

Petar Zoranić Square and Šime Budinić Plaza / Kostrenčić-Krebel

08:00 - 21 February, 2014
Petar Zoranić Square and Šime Budinić Plaza / Kostrenčić-Krebel, © Damir Fabijanić
© Damir Fabijanić

© Damir Fabijanić After. Image Courtesy of Kostrenčić-Krebel © Damir Fabijanić © Damir Fabijanić + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Trg Petra Zoranića, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
  • Architect in Charge

    Aleksandra Krebel, Alan Kostrenčić
  • Design Team

    Zoran Šušulić, Jelenko Hercog, Hrvoje Giaconi, Hrvoje Turkulin, Ivan Vadanjel, Darovan Tušek, Bruno Lovrenčić, Slavica Polić
  • Area

    2900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
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