2nd prize, DAZ competition 2011.
with Ivona Jerkovic, Josip Jerkovic, Hrvoje Vidovic, Damir Petric, Marta Lozo, Iva Perucic & Andrej Vuk
The challenge for the Rujevica housing was to integrate an ambitious housing program within Rijeka’s urban tissue. The imperative was to provide a desirable residential, business, public, recreational, educational area for a city scaled gravitational area. The design approach can be subdivided into 7 strategies which work together to achieve a long term social, spatial and ecological neighbourhood identity.
SEGMENTING the housing capacity into 6 URBAN TERRACES, each having its own identity created separate neighbourhoods. They are ordered within robust grids within themselves but are angled to each other to provide the maximum in orientation and park area.
GREEN strategy relies on the middle park to connect all parts of the site as well as linking itself with Minakovo park in the south with the Rujevica woods in the north.
TRAFFIC priority is pedestrian. The non hierarchical principle of paths and streets link the public areas. The design suggests additions to the existing traffic system based on the 5 min principle - maximal distance of 400 m from home to public transportation.
ZONING exists primarily in terms of percentage of public, which rises southwards together with density and height of the housing typology.
The housing grid forms smaller building sites of about 3500m² that provide the frame for a more flexible density distribution. One underground garage services multiple CLUSTERS providing heterogeneity without the loss in urban consistancy.
Each urban cluster is highly independent in terms of building CHRONOLOGY, however, the existing infrastructure suggest south as the starting point.
PEPPER POTTING strategy insists on a strong social interaction of all residents (the existing substandard north with the higher standard south) as one of the arguments against the ghettoisation.