completed, Pula, 2011.
The military tradition in Pula and its surroundings has left fascinating spatial marks in the past 150 years ? military forts and numerous other fortifications - which are today becoming an attractive potential for redevelopment and crucial points for future development of the city. One of these points is the Muzil peninsula. With 170 acres in size, it could turn into a free zone through urban spatial transformations; the most attractive sustainable public park that intertwines public facilities, eco parks, arts, sports, tourism and hospitality facilities. Space for a new city park of 200ha and 14000m of, until now, inaccessible coastline are being opened to the public by this project. There is an urbanized coastline on the east side of the gulf, with existing harbors and future marina, while the west side could develop a natural coastline, facing the open sea. This urban study aims to achieve an optimal balance between development and the natural environment, taking into account local characteristics of cultural identity and architectural heritage. The proposed revitalization should motivate and involve the local community in the development of this zone.
The basic spatial concept of Park Muzil is to focus and group new facilities around existing historic buildings and contents. In this way we take advantage of existing resources, further expand and create new areas of construction. In its greatest extent, Muzil Park offers attractive, valuable and fully public contents: a sports port, a botanical garden, Marie Louise fort and the beach resort Dolina Suza. Park Muzil sustainability depends on many factors - public and commercial facilities that are in balance with the tourist contents and in accordance with the needs of the city, with a pronounced awareness on the conservation of natural vegetation. In order to survive and become a self-sustaining complex, especially for such a large area and project, it is necessary to make a strong balance between the preservation of natural diversity and functions of a public park on one side and commercial content and cost of construction on the other side. This way the peninsula remains as an oasis of natural vegetation adapted to the modern city dweller of Pula; an urbanized ecological park on a human scale.
PROJECT NAME Park Muzil
PROJECT NO 200
PROGRAM public, urban planning
LOCATION Croatia, Pula, Muzil Peninsula
SITE AREA 1700000 m²
CLIENT City of Pula
PROJECT TEAM Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Vibor Granić, Bence Pasztor, Damjan Kolundžić