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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Zagreb Dance Center in Croatia by 3LHD Architect

March 6th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 3LHD Architect

The opening of big movieplex cinemas in Zagreb has led to the dying out of old cinema theaters in the city centre. The City of Zagreb, who is the owner of the old cinema Lika, decided to reuse the space for new cultural facilities. In that scenario old cinema Lika was given the role of a new dance centre.

Image Courtesy Domagoj Blazevic

  • Architects: 3LHD Architect
  • Project: Zagreb Dance Center
  • Location: Ilica 10, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Program: public, culture
  • Status: completed
  • Project year: 2003
  • Project start date: 2003
  • Project end date: 2005 / 2008
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

  • Construction start date: 11/2005 I phase; 11/2008 II phase
  • Construction end date: 09/2009
  • Site area (m2): 1360
  • Gross floor area (m2): 1438
  • Volume (m3): 7082
  • Footprint (m2): 760
  • Entry level (m): 123
  • Client: City of Zagreb
  • Photography: Domagoj Blazevic, Lana Cavar, Igor Savatovic, Sandro Lendler


Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

Project team: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Tatjana Grozdanic Begovic, Silvije Novak, Jasminka Jug, Zorislav Petric, Zeljko Mohorovic, Dijana Vandekar, Marin Mikelic

Project team collaborators: Mateo Bilus, details, Linked by Air – Tamara Maletic, Dan Michaelson;  Lana Cavar , signage and environmental graphics design, I-GLE, textile design

Colaborators: Structural Engineering – Berislav Medic, Hrvoje Mihal, UPI-2M; Building Physics / Details, Mateo Bilus, B.M.P.; Fire Protection- consultant – Milan Carevic, Inspekting; MEP Engineering – Mechanical – Igor Šundov, Rena prom; MEP Engineering – Mechanical – Mario Josipovic; MEP Engineering – plumbing – Nenad Sutevski, Vodotehnika; Electrical Engineering – Radovan Tomsic, RP studio; Electrical Engineering – Renato Majcunic, MR konzalting; sprinkler installation – Kaleb inzenjering; Special Consultant – Slaven Delalle; 3D visualization – Janko Velnic


Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

Main contractor:
I phase   TA-GRAD
AVC (scene technology)

I faza      PET PROJEKT
II faza     Interkonzalting


Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

Fifty years of contemporary dance culture in Zagreb has produced about 40 dance troops, with this project all of them will have a new home in the city centre. The cinema is located in a derelict residential block only 100 meters away from the Zagreb’s main square. The entire project’s program is determined by the gross developed area defined in the master plan and it places the project in the old cinema shell. The new dance centre houses numerous dancers, choreographers, art troops and companies with three multipurpose studios (one large studio with 150 telescopic seats and two smaller training studios), three spacious dressing rooms, bathrooms, storage’s for props and technology and office spaces.

Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

The only new architectural element of the centre is the new entrance lobby, a polyvalent space in the service of communication and meeting with a cafe, library and a video store. It was interpolated on the basis of almost default parameters of the existing neighboring houses. The volume and its broken form also suggest dance movement and they are a new sign and connection element between the courtyard and the roof terrace. The roof terrace is the final element of the centre and an important part of the project of preservation and restoration of Zagreb last open roof stage.

Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

Image Courtesy Sandro Lendler

IImage Courtesy Sandro Lendler

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