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Badel


urban / architectural concept design

mix-use block: housing, commercial, market, culture

Zagreb, CRO, ’12

architect HL architecture

urban planner Daniel Casas Valle Urbanism

rendering Fabian Wallmüller

designteam Lada Hršak, Daniel Casas Valle, Fabian Wallmüller

Miren Leon, Job van der Sande

client Office for Strategic Planning, City of Zagreb


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Historically the city gate, the Kvaternik – Badel area is a true Zagreb urban and trading area currently divided in three separate disconnected places. Ever since the market was removed from the Kvaternik square to the lot ’round the corner’ the area lost it’s heart. Our proposal in the competition for the Badel block creates an urban bypass, giving the market a new home and bringing it into the Badel block. Reuse of all heritage buildings strengthens and continues the urban mix of the place. The block perimeter is closed with housing and a composition of three towers (the existing tower with the two new mix-use towers) adds to the city skyline.

The submerged market square allows for double space use exchanging the fresh food morning market with cultural market and public stage in the evening, asking for a direct link with the old distillery which turns into cultural black-box. By replacing the current market a free lot emerges on Šubićeva street, which we align and fill with new housing scheme.This entry also serves as a discussion piece, pointing out the urban dependencies of the area.

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