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
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
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