Location: Zagreb, Croatia

Area: 20,000 m²

Client: City of Zagreb, Croatia

Date: 2012 | International Competition Submission



This master plan recognizes Badel Block’s potential to engage with and nourish its social, physical, and economic context. The story of Badel has evolved from that of a highly active yet self-serving piece of Zagreb’s whole, to an inclusive and largely detached fragment of the urban mosaic. The site now finds itself largely in a state of suspended being, undefined and inaccessible to the body of the city, yet rich with potential as a meaningful and reinvigorated part of the whole. On the speculative side of this proposal, and with an understanding of Zagreb’s city fabric, a set of individually defined urban ecosystems has emerged to address the void left in the wake of large industry. These ecosystems form the basis of our urban and architectural ambitions, and emerge from the site-specificity which characterizes our approach. As a response to its context, building mass is influenced by adjacent heights, while means of cutting through this mass have been guided by existing points of pedestrian interaction. Connectivity into and throughout the site works at both micro and macro scales.

On the speculative side of the design equation, and with a relative understanding of Zagreb’s layered totality, a set of individually defined urban ecosystems has emerged from analysis and observation. In addressing the current void of Badel Block, three ecosystems form the basis of our urbanistic and architectural ambitions. Collectively, they address Badel Block’s potential to contribute to the city on multiple levels. Autonomously, these ecosystems address the complexities of economy and demographics as well as the vital, yet less quantifiable, need for meaningful social space. They are market, [re]creative, and dwelling ecosystems