Square of traditional crafts in Varaždin

The Square of Traditional Crafts, by KONNTRA are contemporary designed modular kiosks in the Baroque historic city in Varaždin, ought to emphasise and preserve the identity on-site, and at the same time promote sustainability and local craftsman production.

Over the years, this area has undergone a transformation and has become an important craftsman location. In order to highlight its purpose and attractiveness, it needed a redesign on the visual identity, defining the functional zones and elements of urban equipment.

The newly designed solution offers a sensitive approach that would nurture and preserve the current spatial identity. Still offering new possibilities, better presentation space for the local craftsmen, and public space that is flexible and adaptive to various occasions and events.

The module itself is designed to be opened on three sides. Each module has a platform. The central space is freed up and offers numerous spatial constellations depending on the needed space.

As a gathering point, the open space of the square is enriched by the placement of medium-height trees, and additional wall greenery, which will create shade for the seating areas and give users a comfortable experience.

The project’s program demanded to create an adaptable urban solution, and flexible modular kiosks. When designing the module, the pointed issue was that the products and craftsmen who will use the kiosks are changeable, not permanent.

Proposing a design solution including minimal light steel for construction, wooden facade on the exterior, perforated plywood wall panels for shelving that are adjustable in the interior, and movable furniture to offer different configuration for any future user that there will be.

For overall space flexibility, the additional urban furniture and movable elements on the square, allow the place to be created according to the user’s needs.

The kiosks set up different atmospheres in different periods during the day and night. Once opened, a minimalistic design with natural plywood finish is visible, to make the products stand out. When closed and unused, the outer vivid pink material on the wooden board facade blends into the surrounding.

By adopting sustainable practices, in this case on a small scale, but with a significant impact in the long run for the users and the craftsmanship in the historic city centre in Varaždin.

Author KONNTRA (Mirjana Lozanovska, Silvija Šaleva, Erik Jurišević, Nina Pahović)
Location Varazdin, Croatia
Budget 300.000 HRK
Year May 2020
Photography KONNTRA

Grid LANZA Atelier Home Office in Milan Davidson Rafailidis Architecture BRIO Lahofer Winery Studio GROSS Young Family House

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