Histrioni Theatre
completed, Zagreb, 2007.

With the coming of new and modern multiplex cinema theatres, the old Zagreb cinemas in urban blocks of the city centre have gradually started to die out, and the buildings have started to deteriorate. Noticing this, the City of Zagreb has launched a process of converting these areas for alternative cultural purposes. The ex-Apolo Cinema is a typical back-building in a Zagreb Downtown block, with a public court in front of it, providing for a number of great opportunities, but unfortunately neglected, as are most of the Downtown blocks.
Despite the fact it was built in 1890, the building has had good predispositions to be converted into a public space. A new theatre has been formed within the existing premises of the former cinema, and the building has kept its original ground plan.
The project removes the old structure by fitting in the new stage and auditorium with 220 seats inside the existing wall perimeter resulting in reinforcement of the pre-existing spatial qualities.
The project is not restricted to the structure - architectural domain but also creates a complete visual identity, from theatre setting of individual spaces; the panel on the street, the entrance lobby, the coffee bar, to the theatre hall itself ?becoming a new element and active participant of the urban scenography in the context of theatrical scenery on the inside and in the context of the city itself on the outside. The present physical and social importance of the building is interpreted in accordance with the ancient theory of theatre function.

PROJECT NAME Histrioni Theatre

PROJECT NO 087

PROGRAM public, culture

STATUS completed

PROJECT 2003-2005

CONSTRUCTION 2005-2007

LOCATION Croatia, Zagreb, 90/1, Ilica street

SITE AREA 1677 m²

GROSS FLOOR AREA 1766 m²

VOLUME 8853 m³

FOOTPRINT 632 m²

ALTITUDE 123 m

BUDGET 2300000.00 EUR

CLIENT City of Zagreb

AUTHOR 3LHD

PROJECT TEAM Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Jasminka Jug, Zorislav Petrić, David Lušičić

PROJECT TEAM COLLABORATORS Željko Mohorović

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING UPI-2M - Berislav Medić

MECHANICAL INSTALLATIONS RENA-prom - Igor Šundov
Ured ovlaštenog inženjera strojarstva - Mario Josipović
Stims - Ivan Stamać

BUILDING PHYSICS, DETAILS Mateo Biluš

BUILDING CODE CONSULTANT Inspekting - Milan Carević

PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE Vodotehnika - Nenad Šutevski

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RP studio - Radovan Tomšić
Mr-konzulting - Renato Majcunić

SIGNAGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS DESIGN Ira Payer, Narcisa Vukojević

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandro Lendler

EXHIBITIONS
INSTITUTION
YEAR
Take One
Blauraum
2005.