nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia
 

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

architect, nenad fabijanic, has completed the design of the ‘summer stage at kastav’ within the archaeological remains of a baroque church in crekvina, croatia. the project sees a corten steel volume inserted within the remains of an 18th century church, creating a bold contrast in material and form and forging a direct dialogue between the contemporary and historic architecture. 

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

all images courtesy of nenad fabijanic

 

 

in accordance with the design brief, the project is conceived by fabijanic as bi-functional: in summer as a stage for the cultural events of kastav and the rest of the year as a freely accessible square and observation point. the remains of the church form a spatial ‘shell’, an ideal stage for architectural artefacts and enabling a unique spatial experience for public and cultural events. with the new intervention, a terrace is formed, accessed via a spiral staircase. the layout of this terrace is defined by the typological pattern of the envisaged church, and upon ascending to this level, visitors can enjoy a wide view of the surroundings. 

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

 

 

the architect’s intervention is inspired by the existing stone remains, as the new walls are positioned beside the fragments of the walls of the church. the corten steel structure therefore, in a sense, acts to rebuild the church. overall, the architect envisioned this project to prove the possibility of achieving a high level in both functionality and aesthetics. the newly designed form, in a contrasting shape, material and color, becomes part of the remains and gives it a new use for the people of crekvina.

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

nenad fabijanic inserts a corten steel volume into the remains of a baroque church in croatia

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘summer stage at kastav’

location: kastav, crekvina, croatia

architect: nenad fabijanic

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • Excellent. ‘Preserve but not make-old-new’. It is naturally old – that is Ok.

    Jimmy

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