Block Badel competition
Respecting the existing city block structure, the design proposal suggests that the area of the Badel block should be broken into a cluster of smaller blocks that surround a square creating a new urban sub-center. Smaller-scale blocks create different scales of streets and squares generating almost medieval urban qualities more suitable for pedestrians.
The new urban situation links the surrounding areas on the most logical points of access boosting the pulse and creating activity as a key factor of improving any public space. The focal point of the new structure is the old Yeast factory which is given a new religious function. Slightly asymmetrical placement of the Yeast factory on the new square divides the central space in the manner of gothic cathedrals. Suggested function, the synagogue, is recognized as very much needed as Zagreb has no synagogue after the demolition of one in Praška Street in 1942.
Badel block is broken into six blocks. New buildings on the northern part of the competition area are attached to the existing building fabric of the Badel block creating two separate smaller blocks. The other four blocks surrounding the former factory reinterpret the traditional Zagreb city block. Blocks incline toward the new square offering a perspective on the new urban situation and blocking the noise from the surrounding streets, providing a comfortable zone for residents and visitors.
Residential use is placed on the inclined roof that opens towards the best views and inner courtyards. Street sides are filled with commercial use while inner courtyards offer mixed use. Ground levels are occupied with retail shopping that activates the public space throughout the day. The design proposal wants to emphasize the existing historical urban accents rather than create new ones.