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One of the main focuses of the Hall and Square project in Krk was to finish an architectural dialogue started back in 2005, when Idis Turato completed an elementary school Fran Krsto Frankopan. The completion of the new complex was a crown achievement of the architect’s quest to complete an integral urban ensemble on top of Krk’s old town, thereby creating a newly defined focal point of high importance.
The newly built Hall, aside from being a gym facility for the school pupils, aims to meet demands of the local community as well, housing sports events as well as future cultural activities and public festivities on a larger scale.
On the very site of the new Hall there used to be an old student dorm. Prior to the Hall construction it had to be demolished. The demolition unearthed several new and important archaeological discoveries on the site. All that had been found on the site had to be preserved as discovered. The architects took this fact to be crucial in redefining the concept according to the new input. The excavated and preserved church and monastery walls were to become integral parts of the new building, with new walls and façades of the Hall emerging directly from the restored, older ones.
Yet another contextual element was important in forming the shape and size of the building. These are the high walls, seen throughout the old town of Krk. This is where the story of the walls, their origin, context and their shape began, resulting in variety of the façade walls, formally corresponding to the context, input and location.
Although seemingly set “back”, on secondary surfaces, the most recognizable and by far the most unique element of the Hall itself is a wall consisting of original and striking prefabricated concrete elements. The architect named these the innards due to their origin and their fabrication, and the ambiguity of the impression they leave upon the viewer, due to a formal factor of its (un)attractiveness.
On the other hand, the most representative façade of the Hall, the one visually dominating the square, is the façade constructed out of six impressively large concrete monoliths, weighing up to 23 tons. The monolithic blocks are finished off with a layer of ‘terrazzo’, which is an ancient technique usually used for floor finishes, requiring hours of polishing by hand. Here, however, the terrazzo is redefined and used vertically, fittingly renamed into a “vertical terrazzo”. While this sudden vertical use of the finish creates a shiny and finely shaded façade, its “normal” use, on horizontal surfaces, is recontextualized and rethought once again, since this finish, usually ‘reserved’ for interiors, is now used for exterior surfaces of the public Square.
ARCHITECTS: Turato Architects / Idis Turato
LOCATION: City of Krk, island Krk, Croatia
SURFACE: 1020 sqm (sports hall), 1213 sqm (square)
YEAR/STATUS: Designed 2012 / Built 2013.
STRUCTURE: Steel and concrete
MATERIALS: Concrete, concrete innards – prefabricated elements invented by architect especially for this project, glazed terrazzo,
PROJECT TEAM: Idis Turato, Ida Križaj, Marko Liović, Josip Mičetić and Ana Staničić
CLIENT/CONTRACTOR: City of Krk / GP Krk
PARTNER/CONSULTANTS: Branko Hriljac, cheef engineer
PHOTOGRAPHY: Domagoj Blažević, Ivan Dorotić, Sandro Lendler i Jure Živković