Riva Split - new look
7. May 2007
On the Day of the City of Split, May 7, the Riva (waterfront) will shine in all its glory as the most important public stage in the city, the living room of all the citizens and visitors, a showcase of social life and a mirror of the Mediterranean character. After the competition was won by the project of the 3LHD architectural studio, the implementation of that demanding task took one year. This essential symbol of Split has been completely reconstructed for the first time in its history; now it has a regulated infrastructure, ordered aesthetics and a contextually framed space. The project included changing the entire infrastructure and urban furnishings, cleaning and revaluing the Palace façade, arranging the floor surface etc. Also, the numerous and diverse café terraces have been given a uniform appearance adapted to the Mediterranean feel of the city. 3LHD, wanting to stress the atmosphere, has planned green islands along the Riva, as parks with nothing but Mediterranean plants, designed by the landscape architect Ines Ardić.The Riva has been covered with special concrete slabs measuring 150x150 cm, which are the best and ecologically most acceptable solution in this climate. This project has benefited from the participation of top experts, around 120 of them. Moreover, a significant part of urban furnishings has been designed and implemented in Croatia. The design of urban furnishings was undertaken by the company Numen. Unique benches have been set up on the Riva; it has the first functional LED lighting in the world. The tables and chairs, produced by a renowned Italian firm, were presented at the most important world exhibition of new furniture, Salone del Mobile in Milan.The design of urban furnishings is a result of contemporary details and traditional (generally accepted) forms. The benches are an extension of the paving matrix into the third dimension, with the functional addition of the wooden seat. The new lighting was designed by the company Novalux. The entire project amounted to 62 million kuna. This project gave Split a modern Riva, while keeping its traditional charm of a city with rich history.