New Zagreb

Ivan Čižmek, Tomislav Odak, Zdenko Vazdar, Tomislav Bilić

1970— 1976

The New Zagreb settlement Dugave, was built in the 1970s in the southeast part of the city. The implementation urban plan was made in 1975 at the Urban Institute of the City of Zagreb. The centre and residential zone of the settlement were realized according to the project of the author’s team – Ivan Čižmek, Tomislav Odak, Zdenko Vazdar and Tomislav Bilić, by the public urban-architectural competition. The first apartments were built on May 25, 1977. The model of Socially Directed Housing Construction was applied in the construction of the settlement. The main goal of a wide network of collaborators of urban planners, architects, technologists and several other experts was to provide residents with quality housing and humane living conditions in direct contact with the natural environment. The settlement is characterized by non-orthogonal geometry, landscape design of public areas and the central park, green courtyards within residential semi-blocks and vehicular traffic separated from the pedestrian zone. The new settlement respected the existing rural context and the built natural environment of the former settlements Hreljić, Jakuševac and Otok. A special physiognomy is represented by the remaining arm of the Sava River, which extends peripherally from north to south of the settlement. Among the architectural realizations, the primary school stands out (Radovan Tajder, 1978.), as the ellipsoidal building of the Church of St. Matthew (Vinko Penezić and Krešimir Rogina, 1991-1995.) The residential block with two-story apartments and gallery internal corridors was realized according to the award-winning project by Tomislav Odak (1980.).