Mixed Use Development at Badel Block,
Zagreb (Crotia)

The main idea was to create “A HIGHLY DIVERSE AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL URBAN PUBLIC SPACE”, that serves the purpose of filling the void of a much needed urban landmark in the region. Badel Block is an extremely potential area for hosting a huge spectrum of activities. But it is important to make these functions as plural as well as adaptable as possible, in order to offer the most optimum and lively solution to the local people. Participation of the local population is the single most important factor in determining the upcoming of the project. The more variety it has to offer, the more successful it will
be. We tried to understand what the local population may really need, and that is the key to the planning as well as to the long term sustainability. Besides creating the required built-up area for the residential, commercial and other purposes, we introduced the much needed cultural and recreational activities in order to boost the social and cultural value of the place by providing ample green spaces for public interaction. Part of the site will be open for the people from surrounding areas outside the Badel Block in order to pump-up the social activeness and to ensure optimum long term use of the facilities provided. It is important to bring these external users to the site, just as it is, to let our site occupants reach out to the surrounding areas by creating suitable connections like bridges, walkways and subways. The connection is not just be physical, but visual as well.