Zagreb Dance Centre

Zagreb Dance Centre, Croatia, 3LHD
Project year : 2008
Architect(s) :
Address : Ilica 10, ZAGREB, Croatia
Latitude/Longitude : 45.813485,15.974379

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Project Team : Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Jasminka Jug, Zorislav Petric, Zeljko Mohorovic, Dijana Vandekar, Marin Mikelic
Client : City of Zagreb
Site Area : 1,360 sqm
Project Area : 1,438 sqm
Construction Year : 2005-2009
Area : 1360.0 m²

Text description provided by the architects. When big movieplex cinemas opened in Zagreb that led to the dying out of old cinema theatres in the city centre. The City of Zagreb as the owner of the old cinema Lika made a decision then to reuse the space for new cultural facilities. In that scenario, the city transformed the old cinema Lika into a new dance centre.

Zagreb has a history of fifty years in contemporary dance culture, producing about 40 dance troops and this project gave all of them a new home in the city centre. Location of the cinema is a derelict residential block only 100 meters away from the Zagreb’s main square. The program for the entire project was determined by the gross developed area defined in the master plan. The project is in this way placed in the old cinema shell. The new dance centre is the meeting place for numerous dancers, choreographers, art troops and companies. It combines three multipurpose studios (one large studio with 150 telescopic seats and two smaller training studios), three spacious dressing rooms, bathrooms, storages for props and technology and office spaces.

The new entrance lobby is the only one new architectural element of the centre, a polyvalent space in the service of communication and meeting with a cafe, library and a video store. It was interpolated on the basis of almost Default parameters of the existing neighbouring houses were the basis that interpolated the centre. The volume and its broken form also suggest dance movement and they are a new sign and connection element between the courtyard and the roof terrace. The final element of the centre is its roof terrace and an important part of the project of preservation and restoration of Zagreb last open roof stage.

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