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Elementary School Dunav


The phased construction of the school makes it, viewed over time, a polymorph – which at different stages of its existence communicates differently with the environment. Since the area of ​​the school, and its volume, has almost doubled due to the extension of the hall, it is necessary that the attitude towards the surrounding landscape be different. Phase 2 / Continuous greenery penetrates through the receding rows of houses, leaving space between public ones. The reinterpretation of the quality of the settlement is based on the adoption of the basic values ​​of the garden city, which are quality southern orientations of houses and the formation of infrastructural green, social and recreational zones. Phase 3 / By applying the volume of the hall, the building enters into a dialogue with the southeastern recreational zone, which consists of sports fields and halls scattered with greenery.


The unique position of the school is a possible tool for intercultural connection of the majority and minority population through the affirmation of knowledge as a universal goal. The school and its environment are interpreted as an architectural promenade. The composition of this promenade provokes the realization of different scenarios, which could encourage the affirmation of the coexistence of children of different national, social, and cultural backgrounds. The tendency is that with a mutual acquaintance and unexpected encounters, diversity becomes ephemeral.


Emphasis is placed on the visual integration of the school’s public spaces that are permeated throughout its volume. The access square gently sinks around the island of greenery and flows into the PVN which then rises in vertical communication through all floors, thus forming a swirling, at the same time centrifugal and centripetal space exposed on the north front of the house. In this way, the visual unity of the public spaces of the school was achieved, which intensively evokes a sense of community. By upgrading the hall along the north façade in the third phase of the performance, this experience is further encouraged, and the school becomes a place where all students are equal participants in their upcoming race for knowledge.

The facade cladding is provided by EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer); rubber waterproofing tapes. This material is part of the range of the Borovo factory, a recognized local brand. The use of locally readily available and inexpensive material makes performance, but also maintenance, much easier. The soft, dematerializing effect of the envelope is achieved by the folds of the membrane at the points of attachment with metal “plugs” in a grid of 60 x 60 cm. EPDM is resistant to a wide range of temperature conditions and UV radiation, low carbon footprint, and is fully recyclable and ultimately locally produced in Borovo plants, potentially as a recycled product of waste rubber goods.

Project team:
Kata Marunica, Andrija Matotan, Nikica Pavlović, Dijana Pavić, Sandra Perić, Nenad Ravnić, Goran Rukavina, Filip Vidović
Ministarstvo znanosti, obrazovanja i sporta Zagreb
Building area
2 300 m2
Competition, 1st prize