A well designed block is defined by it`s capacity to integrate itself into the city’s urban structure, absorb the historical and cultural features of the town and result into an improved urban model.
In this case the site is characterized by multiple layers of urban and historical conditions, presenting tremendous potential for development. Situated at the corner of an important intersection, it has the opportunity to not only reactivate itself but also serve to and take from its surroundings.
The vision for the Badel Site is to create an active and activating area, closely interacting with its surrounding urban spaces. We see the site as a communal hub, located at the intersection of busy streets and public spaces. That’s said the role these buildings have to play is more public than private. Architecture becomes here important in introducing particular programs which will define different behaviors. We wanted to establish a cultural stretch and extend the urban activities of the area within the block as well as introduce new program features and activities. By doing this the new development will project back to the city and establish a clear dialogue with its host.
Our goal is to produce a new model, which takes the elements of the traditional architecture of the city of Zagreb like : the scale, sense of communal space, volumetric composition, defined sloped roofs, open courtyards and public piazzas, and create an improved model by combining them with new technologies, green features, diverse program and collective spaces.