BADEL BLOCK
Competition, 2012
with Ivona Jerkovic, Hrvoje Vidovic, Damir Petric, Marta Lozo

Main objective of proposal is establishing a successful new part of the Zagreb city centre. Dense with activity, attractive to new residents and users; it is an attempt of creating a lively and vibrant city quarter with European scale and ambience, recognising and evaluating the urban potential of the site.
A strong emphasis is put on public space of highest quality. Old distillery with adjoining square is recognized as a focus of such fine-grained pedestrian network, which radiates towards the perimeter of the site, bringing inflows of people from neighbouring streets and nearby public transport routes.

Three perimeter blocks are introduced, containing mix of living, working, leisure, shopping and culture. This typology is chosen as adequate to the context, although upgraded for the upcoming demand.
Distillery itself is proposed to be renovated and converted into a venue for performing arts and concerts, as well as a gallery and event space, as was already recognized by proponents of Zagreb independent culture.
Neighbouring city is drawn to the site to mix with the new streetscape of varied urban experiences, to both, intimate and grand spaces, always with human scale within reach.
Outdoor space consists of terraces and porticoes, which are planned along streets and squares. The central block has a glazed atrium where outdoors and indoors blend. This allows street life to be extended through parts of the year with less favourable weather conditions. Moreover, blocks are perforated at the ground level, connecting their interior with the external pedestrian network along the routes between main site attractors. Block interiors are thus activated but maintain intimate scale and ambience.
All blocks consist of podium and a couple of small towers, echoing ones already existing on Vlaška, Marti?eva and other neighbouring streets, where modernist paradigm negotates with the late 19th, early 20th century urban grid to bring out some of the best examples of Zagreb’s architecture.
Height of the podiums varies according to the neighbouring structures and perimeter conditions and diminishes towards the centre of the site. Their scale and height as well as facade treatment is built upon the retained historical structures on site. Top towers function on the city scale, both providing the new complex – Badel City with active roofscape as well as anchoring the new site within a wider area.
Cohesive whole is established, with a prominent presence in its urban context, not as an architectural icon with short-term attractiveness and limited lifetime, but as a strong urban figure with a recognisable and layered timeless identity.

 
 
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