Centre Zamet by 3LHD Architects



Croatian architects 3LHD have won an invited competition to design a sports and community centre at Rijeka, an industrial port city in Croatia.


The following info is from 3LHD:


Centre Zamet
3LHD Architects


The primary characteristic of the design of Zamet Centre is the integration of a big work project into the urban structure of this part of the town of Rijeka, with the objective of minimizing disruption and to evaluate its given urban conditions – unleveled terrain, the pedestrian link in a north-south direction, the quality plateau in front of the primary school, the park zone, placing the program in the centre of Zamet at the intersection of communications.


The joint conceptual and design element of the handball hall and the Zamet Centre are ‘ribbons’ stretching in a north-south direction, simultaneously functioning as an architectural design element of the objects and as a zoning element which forms a public square and a link between the north – park-school and the south – the street.


One third of the hall’s volume is built into the terrain, and the building with its public and service facilities has been completely integrated into the terrain, i.e. it creates it with its ‘ribbons’.


The public space on the roof is not only a feature of the building in the business part of the centre, but the roof of the hall is also used as a kind of an extension of the park situated to the north of the hall.


The hall has been designed for major international sports competitions, in compliance with state-of-the-art world sports standards. The design of the hall has been conceived as a very flexible space.


The auditorium has been designed as a system with telescopic stands, which open and adapt to the kind of competition and the number of spectators; at major competitions 2100 spectators have seating places by opening all the stands.


The architecture of public facilities, the shopping centre, the library and the local authority stands out in the topography of the terrain, connecting the square in front of the hall and in front of the school and tries to integrate into the overall existing context of western Zamet.


Centre Zamet

Program: public, business, sport
Status project: under construction
Project type: invited competition
Competition award: winner, 2004
Project start date: 2004
Project end date: 01/2008
Construction start date: 2008
Construction end date: 04/2009, planned
Location (city, country): Rijeka, Croatia
Client: City of Rijeka
Site area (m2): 12.289
Gross floor area (m2): 16.830
Volume (m3): 88.075
Footprint (m2): 4.724


Project team: Saša Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Paula Kukuljica, Zvonimir Marcic


Project team collaborators: Nives Krsnik Rister, Leon Lazaneo, Eugen Popovic, Andrea Vukojic


Collaborators: Mateo Bilus, B.M.P., Berislav Medic, UPI-2M, Mario Lukenda, Termoinzenjering, HVAC; Branko Corko, IPZ-elektroinzenjering 22, Slavko Simunović, Nenad Semenov, Rok Pietri, LIFT MODUS, Zeljko Arbanas, IGH PC Rijeka, Zeljko Stipkovic, Ivica Babic, Marija Babojelic, Ines Hrdalo



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  • MZ

    Nice design, but nothing really original. Peter Eisenmann did this already 15+ years ago: check out the Columbus Convention Center . O.K., the colors are maybe more pop-ish (end of the 80´s), but the idea seems pretty much the same to me.

  • mycheng13

    hmm… yeah.. but i think most of the design in this century are the almost the same. this building is comparable to Thom Mayne’s Diamond Ranch High School as well..

  • malique

    ok i am from croatia and i am totally disappointed. i mean, like you’ve already said, nothing new, but i can imagine that for most of the people in croatia this would be totally new and shocking! the people are very conservative here. they could have done some much more in this project.

  • roadkill

    tomorrow will be raining all day but that is ok coz it gives me something more interesting to look at….

  • MZ

    dear malique,

    Believe me, I know what you mean. I come from a small, post-communist country as well: Hungary (hey, we are neighbors) currently living in Germany. I know, that our countries need desperatly such buildings, and if every new building would be only this good as this, we would not have to worry about the visual environmental damages commited every day by some developers thinking neo-barock is the ultimate architecture style that the people want.
    But if I didn`t know, I wouldn`t be able to tell where this building stands. It is a good idea, but not grown out of the site. I am personally much more interested in buildings, that are equally strong in design, but unmistakeably croatian. And there are such buildings built: for example the city hall of Bale from 3LHD architects .

  • MZ

    I realised, I have just made a fool out me: the city hall of Bale is from the same office! Once submitted, no turn back…

    Still, I think that building is much more related to the cultural environment where it stands, then this one.

  • piet faloppa

    not so eye-pleasing is it

  • Akratis

    To me,it seemed quite odd to compare Columbus Convention Center with this project,as they barely have anything in common except the geometric similarities.The landscape,the program and the design seems completely different from eachother in my eyes.
    I find this project quite good,even with its huge scale it still tends to provide connectivity in landscape.The square seems to be working very well also i find the proportions between different fragmantations of the building quite sensible and aesthetic.The general decisions on site plan are also very successful.