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Banjavčeva Heinzelova Competition


By breaking one volume into several smaller ones and forming a smaller square within the interspace of the newly created buildings, a new dynamic center of life is created which opens the possibility of different use of space for the residents of the buildings and for “neighbors” from the surrounding area. By creating a square, residents of that part of the city finally get a place where they can drink coffee or take a child without fear of cars as opposed to the current state without any public space other than narrow sidewalks along noisy streets. By pulling the square inland, in addition to avoiding noise, the user feels comfortable and protected, but not claustrophobic since the newly formed public space is open through the spaces between buildings on all sides and is thus maximally integrated into the existing urban fabric.


The vision of further development of the surrounding urban structure is conceptually presented. The assumption is that the production facilities will gradually move to the periphery, and thus will leave space for housing and service activities which will then be housed in these spaces. It is certainly to be expected further construction in the immediate vicinity and with facilities that correspond to this location, and in the context of the wider city center. Therefore, it is necessary to leave the possibility to connect the interior of the block with the boundary spaces by setting up alternative routes within the scope, raising the quality of neighboring plots, but also significantly increasing the value of their own. With such an intervention, a new sub-center of that part of the city could be formed.


The residential buildings are located along the western and southern edges of the plot, and their facades are oriented to the south, east, and north. The placement of the residential facilities along the western edge of the plot stemmed from the need to move away from the noise and unrest of Heinzelova Street to the east. Analogously, the business facilities are located along the eastern edge of the plot, and form the business facade of Heinzelova Street, while providing noise protection to residential buildings within the central public space. The facades of residential and commercial buildings have been removed; both for the purpose of preventing direct visual contact and for the purpose of adequate sun exposure and framing of the sights. The passages between the buildings are oriented to the main directions of movement from Banjavčićeva and Heinzelova streets, but also to the newly planned streets, emphasizing the public use of the ground floors of the constructed buildings. The ground floors of all buildings are for public use, intended for commercial activities. The versatile orientation of the facade allows the placement of various catering and commercial facilities on the ground floor of buildings. The shelter of the central plateau allows the accommodation of cafes or restaurants in a pleasant environment of green squares between buildings, while the business facade along Heinzelova and Banjavčićeva streets offer the possibility of receiving various shopping facilities. Thus, the need to use the extension of pedestrian communication along Heinzlova Street is lost, since the formation of a square in that position is questionable due to excessive exposure to a noisy and very busy street. Pedestrian entrances to both residential and commercial buildings are provided from the inner courtyard.


The phase of construction, prescribed by the tender, raises the problem of the dependence of the first phase of construction on the second and covers the issue of the functioning of each part separately. The clear division of business and residential construction and their decomposition into separate volumes that create public space among themselves has removed the problem of the vagueness of the first phase in relation to the second. The mentioned principle enables the functioning of each phase separately, further raising the quality of urbanity by performing both units, but also by setting guidelines for further development of the wider area, becoming its activator.

Project team:
Kata Marunica, Dijana Pavić, Jelena Hajdinjak, Filip Vidović, Nikica Pavlović, Nenad Ravnić
ASTORIA d.o.o., Zagreb i Marija Krolo, Zagreb
Building area
11 400 m2