The opening of big movieplex cinemas in Zagreb has led to the dying out of old cinema theaters in the city center. 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 center.
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 center. 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 center which will house numerous dancers, choreographers, art troops and companies will have three multipurpose studios (one large studio with 150 telescopic seats and two smaller training studios), three spacious dressing rooms, bathrooms, storage for props and technology and office spaces.
The only new architectural element of the center 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 also form 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 center and an important part of the project of preservation and restoration of Zagreb last open roof stage.
Project name: Zagreb Dance Center – reconstruction of old cinema Lika
Short project name: Dance Center
Program: public, culture
Project year: 2003
Project start date: 2003
Project end date: 2005 / 2008
Construction start date: 11/2005 I phase; 11/2008 II phase
Construction end date: 09/2009
Client: City of Zagreb
Location: Ilica 10, Zagreb, Croatia
Site area (m2): 1360
Gross floor area (m2): 1438
Volume (m3): 7082
Footprint (m2): 760
Entry level (m): 123
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
Collaborators: 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
Main contractor: I phase TA-GRAD, II phase MESIC COM, AVC (scene technology)
Supervision: I faza PET PROJEKT, II faza Interkonzalting