Location: Zagreb, Croatia

Client: City of Zagreb, Croatia

Area: 20,000 m²

Date: 2012 |  EUROPAN X International Competition Submission

The diagnostic reading of Badel Block’s potential as a regenerated part of the urban whole considers modes of analysis inspired by the UNU/IAS report “Urban Ecosystems Analysis”. Considered in the context of Zagreb (in both its micro and macro spheres of influence), these modes of analysis offer a layered and multi-dimensional means of taking the physical, social, and economic pulse of the city. Systems Analysis: In this methodology, the relationship of Badel Block to Zagreb is clarified as that of a part to the whole. Connecting it to the city are complex and layered networks of public transit, pedestrian and park systems, and regional transit. Through these both local and far-reaching systems, the positioning of Badel Block can be considered at multiple scales, invigorated by the flows of people, materials, communication and energy, that permeate the urban collective.

The Dwelling Ecosystem is that of human inhabitation and settlement. Above all, it concerns the provision of dignified housing and the fostering of strong communities. For a synergy between demographics, a housing system was sought that would offer flexibility and diversity, a settlement that is as lively on its rooftops as it is when it connects to the street. As a morphological reference point, the apartment blocks echo the massing of Zagreb’s continuous fabric of multi dwelling housing. Though a distinctive rooftop landscape has been envisioned, this totality reflects the layered complexity of its surroundings.