The competition site, the “wedge” has an extraordinary and interesting location just off of the train station square in the heart of Zagreb’s old city centre. This new focal point is a critical element to Zagreb’s growing identity that represents a dichotomy between the important history of the city and its promising and exciting future. Our proposal includes a boutique hotel as a marker, a museum and adjacent to that a market and the existing restored landmark buildings.
The springboard for the wedge concept was a green SUPER roof suspended over the new infill at once shading and insulating, it gives a coherent image to the surrounding neighborhood. The green roof also introduces a sustainable insulation material as well as a recreation area. The wedge defines the urban edges while integrating a sustainable composition and introduces a porous centre, allowing for new programmatic insertions without losing its overall power, urban attraction, or renewable potential.
The introduction of a museum of modern art in the courtyard and a boutique hotel at the edge of the space, creates aesthetically pleasing anchors in the site and simultaneously increase the potential for an intensively used new urban centre. The facade of the wedge is a fragmented facade that efficiently utilizes stone and glass, creating a new rhythm that introduces a more mysterious face to the city. In developing the new green courtyard, having it be easily accessible and part of an intense city life would be a characteristic unique to the New Zagreb city center, hence a simple but direct T-shaped connection is created between the museum square to the cafe terrace and the hotel gardens above. The hotel gardens are an integral part of the green wedge, adding terraces, pool access and a horticultural dynamic that intensifies the wedge locally.