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.
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
The existing, centrally located factory building is retained in its outside outlines, while the interior is reconstructed and turned into a cultural center. The remaining urban, industrial archaeology is retained in the frontal, historical façade, which is given a new purpose. The façade of the spirits refinery and distillery, later part of Gorica Factory (the corner of Martićeva and Šubićeva streets) is turned into a shopping mall volume, and with details of a stylized portico (retained façade of the process building on the northern part of the block) becomes a representative front of a hotel extruding from the horizontal into the vertical. The tower of the hotel creates a linear continuity of verticals in the city matrix (towers of the architects Vitić and Ibler), as well as a dialogue in the immediate proximity (the existing residential high-rise). Valorisation of the existing buildings and protected façades is the common denominator, while the façade that extrudes into the vertical is at the same time a reminder of a chimney of the former liquor factory.
Except for a few normative instructions, the tender did not specify the project details. One of the possibilities was to design a multifunctional structure of buildings that could serve several purposes. The proposed types and layouts of the schemes of buildings are capable of alternatively, functionally, technologically, and normatively correctly housing the following programs and functions: office spaces, hotel, residential units, culture and education spaces, etc.
The block square is the basic space around which all buildings within the urban unit of Badel block are arranged. The multifunctional area of the square is used for various events (relaxation, free time, cultural events, and children playgrounds, etc.). Gravitating towards the plane of the square are different commercial, service, hospitality spaces. Some of the functions belong to the hotel. Commercial and service spaces are situated around the square and create a common context of space, events and form with its plane. Underneath the plane of the square there are parking levels for the use of residents, citizens, users and employees of the office spaces, i.e. employees and guests of the hotel within the complex.
Architects: SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Team: Vedran Pedišić, Mladen Hofmann, Iva Marjančević, Gordana Gregurić Miočić (SANGRAD architects), Erick Velasco Farrera (AVP_arhitekti)
Owner/Client: City of Zagreb
Images: AVP Arhitekti
Program: Business congress hotel, Cultural center, Shopping mall, Commercial, service and business spaces with residential units on higher floors, Multifunctional plane of the square, Parking area for customers, employees, guests, citizens
Status: Competition entry
Building Area: 57,540.00 m2