3LHD at the 2nd Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

28. May 2005

At the second international Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, Croatia is represented with the design "New lighthouses of the Croatian Adriatic", including also the design of the studio 3LHD, for the reconstruction and revitalisation of the abandoned hospital complex and park in Dubrovnik.The 3LHD design places the university campus, public and academic facilities into the abandoned tissue of the city. This provides a platform for quality academic tourism, not limited by attractive seasonal factors, and also creates a new public space for the local population. The design was presented by Saša Begović and Marko Dabrović.A separate working presentation of the Croatian design was organized at the Berlage Institute. The Dubrovnik design was shown in the presentation "Never-ending Summer", and Professors Alejandro Zaera, dean of the Institute, Elia Zengelis, Kelly Shanon, Pier Vittorio Aurelli also took part in the workshop and the discussion.The Biennale entitled "The Flood" takes place at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and at the "Las Palmas" exhibition complex Rotterdam, from 26 May to 26 June, and is focussed on the relationship between water and architecture.Curator Adrian Geuze, landscape architect and manager of the studio West 8, has conceived five theme units: Water Cities, Mare Nostrum, Polders, Three Bays, and Flow, realized through exhibitions, workshops and lectures. Croatia took part in the "Mare Nostrum" theme unit, with seven concrete designs for seven sites along the Adriatic coast, where a quality development model is based on the generally accepted prerequisite of sustainable development.