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Gymnasium 46º09'N/16º50'E
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DESIGNER
 
 
Studio UP
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DESCRIPTION
 
Studio UP Gymnasium 46º09'N/16º50'E  Koprivnica‘Koprivnica - Spirit of Mega’; the town with the lowest number of college graduates in Croatia announced the rebellious competition program for 900 scholars and 2000 spectators in 2003.
The site of the high school building and sports hall, in front of the American-like housing suburb periphery, is located at the end of a series of ambitious town interventions – mega elements. ‘Tabula rasa’; The site where these ‘two worlds’ come into contact is radically divided into two parts, black and green, full and empty, spiritual and physical, one facing the city and the other facing the residential suburbia.

Studio UP Gymnasium 46º09'N/16º50'E  KoprivnicaThe new building complex arises between these two extremes. An enigmatic compressed mono-volume with intricate spatial relations in contrast to a vast plain landscape, placed centrally on the plot, forms a gymnasium - a common place - a contrasting provocative whole lacking a foreground or background, without hierarchy or authority.

The "common place" concept examines the stability of the hybrid, and enables the most diverse interpretations both in terms of use and interpretation of significance of the building. The selection of an abstract mono-volume, with a transparent membrane is a radical rupture with the modernist tradition of building schools and sports facilities as three-dimensional interpretations of bureaucratic disposition schemes. In addition to the public-private partnership in the construction of the gymnasium and sports hall in Koprivnica, the idea of building two complementary urban facilities in a single building also arose. Hybrid facilities overlap with the public-private partnership concept, where the hybrid complex is leased and managed independently from the newly formed institution. The spatial and visual overlapping of the facilities and the synergy of use constitute the basic operative logic underlying the building.
 The structure of the building is in reinforced concrete on the ground floor, while the upper floors are realized with dry assembled ‘H’ shaped steel elements. The classrooms floors have thin Slim-deck flooring, made up of trapezoid section lightweight galvanized sheet steel and cast concrete.

Studio UP Gymnasium 46º09'N/16º50'E  KoprivnicaThe roof of the sports hall is made using a specially designed grid work of right-angled elements and joints in steel. Generally, all the materials used are available on the standard building market (lighting, anodised aluminium window frames, metal parapet grilles, Profilit industrial opal glass) and there is no finishing when unnecessary, as in case of the floor soffits which are left unfinished. Because of its high cost, air conditioning was not installed in the gym, so a system of shutters above the sports hall and the conducts through the cantilevered classrooms of the top floor ensure a constant flow of cool air during the summer months, while the double polycarbonate skin creates a ‘green house effect’ in winter. The translucent skin, illuminated at night, radiates in the evening and turns the building into public condenser, an iconic and symbolic place for the youngsters of Koprivnica.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Croatia [Hrvatska]
Region
Koprivnica-Križevci [Koprivničko-križevačka]
Town
Koprivnica
Address
Ulica doktor Željka Selingera, Ulica Miroslava Krleže
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Schools
Sports buildings
Gyms and swimming pools
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003 - 2005     project winner of competition
Realisation
2006 - 2007
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AWARDS
 
2009
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
Emerging Architect Special Mention [read more]
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"46 degrees 09 minutes N/16 degrees 50 minutes E gymnasium. Koprivnica, Croatia. Studio UP", A+U. Architecture and Urbanism, 3/2009, march 2009 [Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia], pp. 54-59
"Studio UP Gymnasium in Koprivnica", Domus 913, aprile/april 2008, pp. 30-34
Rita Capezzuto, "Interview", Domus 913, aprile/april 2008, pp. 32-34 (30-34)
Vedran Mimica, Fabrizio Gallanti, "Andare a scuola in un campo sportivo. Il progetto di Studio UP a Koprivnica, in Croazia, sovverte la logica spaziale degli edifici scolastici", Abitare 480, marzo/march 2008, pp. 102-113
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EXHIBITIONS
 
 
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2009, Milano, La Triennale di Milano, 2/31 october 2010
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CLIENT
 
 
Koprivnica Municipal Authority
Koprivnica-Križevci County
Tehnika SPV
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 2.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 23,898
built sq.m. 11,670
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Berislav Medic, Goran Janjus, Andrej Markovic, Zelimir Franciskovic
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STAFF
 
Design team
Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejić, Saša Relič, Marina Zajec, Katarina Luketina, Danka Tišlar, Ana Dana Beroš, Mojca Smode, Marina Smokvina, Ana Boljar, Maša Mujakič, Antun Sevšek
Plastic models, rendering
Želiko Golubič, Jerolim Mladinov, Dujam Ivaniševic, Silvija Laković
Physical engineering
Mateo Bilus
Systems
Milan Bjedov, Ernest Kevo, Sinisa Radic
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Robert Les
Drawings © Studio UP
Text edited by Studio UP
Courtesy by Studio UP

Studio UP Gymnasium 46º09'N/16º50'E  Koprivnica



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