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“Međugorska” complex Competition


The volumes of the planned buildings go beyond the scale of the existing context of family construction. By breaking the content into several volumes, they approach the environment with a scale, with the aim of spatially burdening it as little as possible. Between the volumes, public space was formed which, in addition to serving the planned contents of the school and the sports center, became the new microcenter of the settlement. The importance of the plateau and the new content is emphasized by its minimal lifting from the terrain, using the existing height difference, protects the public area from unwanted occupation (cars, spontaneous parking lots, etc.), and preserves it for schoolchildren and neighborhood residents.

The plateau is not autistic but is intensely intertwined with contents on it, below and around it. Connected to the environment in the west, it separates in its plane from the terrain to the east. The volumes of the buildings make a connection with the plateau in different ways; the skating rink building is sunk into it to place some of the contents under the plateau and only the necessary part to go outside while the main school building hovers over the plateau forming a covered square that is simultaneously drawn into the building by a series of indoor/outdoor grandstands/staircases. Between the two basic units, a road with parking spaces is planned, partly vaulted with a plateau. A series of atriums visually and spatially connect the contents at different levels, showing the programmatic complexity of the whole complex. The surrounding roads and access zones are connected to the plateau by a series of staircases and ramps.

Except as an integrating element for all facilities, the plateau becomes a polygon for sports fields in the function of the school and the whole neighborhood. The running/walking trail goes around all the facilities offering a view of different ambiances and dynamic spatial relationships and becomes a sign of the neighborhood’s recognizability, on a plateau that is at the same time a square, playground, and park and most importantly, a protected area of ​​public space.

Project team:
Kata Marunica, Alaeddine Jmila, Jelena Hajdinjak, Dijana Pavić, Nikica Pavlović, Sandra Perić, Filip Vidović, Nenad Ravnić
Grad Zagreb
Building area
15 000 m2