"New Lighthouses of the Croatian Adriatic" project and book presented in Zagreb

20. June 2006

The exhibition "New Lighthouses of the Croatian Adriatic" was opened at the Zagreb gallery of "Klovićevi Dvori" on 20 June. This was also the occasion to present the catalogue of the same name. The exhibited works were created as part of the project of the Berlage Institute from Rotterdam and the Association of Croatian Architects.The project "New Lighthouses of the Croatian Adriatic" are concentrated on planning the Croatian coastline, while respecting the premises of conservation, sustainable development and transparency in creating and decision making. These principle guidelines were realized in the solutions for seven specific and demanding locations: the Labin underground town, the Omišalj stone quarry, the penitentiary of Goli otok, the interwoven city and university facilities and spaces in Zadar and Dubrovnik, the multi-purpose space of Dugi Rat, and the redefined theatre building in Stari Grad.The architects of the Studio 3LHD studied the Dubrovnik location. After a critical observation of the current situation and the values of the site, the study revitalizes the deserted hospital site, by creating a public educational facility within the nature park. Thus this "lost" space becomes the nucleus/lighthouse promoting a new aspect of intellectual tourism.The exhibition and the book present the process of the project development from the moment of making the programme and applying for funding from the Matra programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the presentation of the initial phase of the project location development, created in close cooperation between the architects and representatives of the local communities. The projects presented at the exhibition and in the book define the initial proposals which will be further developed as the projects continue, and also serve as a basis for streamlining the discussions about how to prepare the sites to be developed and how to define their purpose, with the objective to create the final proposal included in the zoning and physical planning documentation.The seminar "The Mediterranean As It Could Be" was held a day after, on 21 June. It gathered architects interested experts and representatives of local government from the seven locations included in the project. The seminar focussed on discussions about new forms of tourist offer, public-private partnership in construction projects on the coast and the development of university as one of the content-related guidelines.