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Square of traditional crafts in Varazdin

The project proposes a new design, for an existing public square in the historical fabric of the city Varaždin; while formatting a functional and inspiring gathering point for tourists and strengthening the educational character. The newly designed solution offers a sensitive approach that would nurture and preserve the current spatial identity as important craftsman location. Still offering new possibilities, better presentation space for the local craftsmen, and public space that is flexible and adaptive to various occasions and events. The project offers an adaptable, modular kiosks, since the craftsmen who will use the kiosks are changing, not permanent. It proposes a design solution including minimal light steel for construction, wooden facade on the exterior, perforated plywood wall panels for shelving that are adjustable in the interior, and movable furniture to offer different configuration for any future user that there will be.
The kiosks set up different atmospheres in different periods during the day and night. Once opened, a minimalistic design with natural plywood finish is visible, to make the products stand out. When closed, the outer vivid pink material on the wooden board facade blends into the surrounding. In addition, adopting sustainable practices, even though in this case on a small scale, it will have a significant impact in the long run for the users and the craftsmanship in the historic city centre in Varaždin.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
By engaging all senses to define the experience and stories of space, a unique project was being established. The urban solution, approach and contemporary designed modular kiosks in the Baroque historic city in Varaždin, ought to emphasize and preserve the identity on-site, and at the same time promote sustainability and local craftsman production.

Credits

Architecture
KONNTRA; Erik Jurišević, Mirjana Lozanovska, Silvija Shaleva

Client
City Varaždin, Turistička zajednica grada Varaždina

Year of completion
2020

Location
Varazdin, Croatia

Total area
280 m2

Photos
KONNTRA

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