Situated in the Croatian coastal city of Rijeka, the new Zamet Centre is a multi-purpose comunity edifice, hosting, mainly, a 2380-seat sports hall, the local community offices, a library, and 13 retail/service spaces.
While the third of the sports hall’s volume is embeded in the ground, the rest of the Centre has been fully integrated into the surrounding landscape.
The building’s main architectural elements are ribbon-like linear stripes stretching over the entire site in a north-south direction, functioning at the same time as an architectural design element and a zoning element that forms a public square and links between the park on the north and school and B. Vidas street on the south.
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The stripes were inspired by “gromača”, a type of rocks specific to Rijeka, which the centre artificially reinterprets by colour and shape. They are paved with 51.000 ceramic tiles designed by 3LHD and manufactured specially for the centre. The steel construction, girder span of 55 meters and their varying height allow the natural light illumination of the sports hall.
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The hall has been designed in accordance with the latest world sports standards for major international sports competitions. The concept is based on flexibility of space. Playground size is 46 x 44 meters, for two handball courts.
The hall contains all the supporting facilities for professional training and competition, and the auditorium designed as a system of telescopic stands enables the transformation for everyday use as well as for other activities such as concerts, conferences and congresses. Selected interior materials - wood and acoustic panels, suggests that the hall is a large living room for athletes. The main access to the hall and other facilities is located west of the hall from the public square and from the underground garage.
Project Credits and Details:
Project name: Zamet Centre
Program: public, cultural, business, sport
Construction completed on: 10.09.2009
Location: B. Vidas Street, Zamet, Rijeka, Croatia
Site area (m2): 12289
Size (m2): 16830
Volume (m3): 88075
Footprint (m2): 4724
Budget (EUR): 20 mil
Client: Grad Rijeka / Rijeka Sport d.o.o.
Project team: Sasa Begovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zvonimir Marcic, Leon Lazaneo, Eugen Popovic, Nives Krsnik Rister, Andrea Vukojic
Photographs by 3LHD and Domagoj Blazevic