superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb
 

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb

a finalist in zagreb‘s observation tower design competition, superspace has imagined ‘ascencion’ for the city’s novi zagreb district. considering the current burgeoning status of the area, the project has been developed with the intention of connecting the history of the croatian capital with its future. the concept also proposes a vertical forest to forge a dialogue between nature and the built environment, with the aim of ultimately forming a new landmark, or gateway, on the skyline.

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom

terraces give way to trees while directing the view of visitors

all images courtesy of superspace

 

 

situated in the heart of zagreb, in prime position between the new and old city,ascencion’ is imagined by superspace as an urban gateway. primarily functioning as an observation tower, the positioning of the intervention garners views far and wide – from the immediate architectural history of the built environment to the wooded landscape of the mountains in the north. with the context in mind, the shape of the proposed form has been designed to consider the existing architecture of zagreb, while incorporating a high degree of transparency, creating a visual connection through and funnelling the flow of pedestrians. 

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom

the aerial forest enhances the wellbeing of residents while providing a great way to see the city 

 

 

the tower is envisioned as a timber construction, or so called ‘wooden skyscraper’, with the natural material forming a ‘shell’ of warmth. to break up the verticality of the architectural expression, a series of curved terraces articulate the structure. reached via stairs or an elevator, the platforms intend to provide an ideal way to see the city from above. spotted with trees, the proposal also connects people to nature, resulting in an ‘aerial forest’ within the urban context of zagreb.  

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom
at ground level, residents are led under the tower by the timber decking on the plaza

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom
the terraces provide an ideal field of view starting from the sava river to the mountains in the background

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom

overlapping terraces provide plenty of spaces to relax and enjoy the view

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom

main attraction points of the city looking through the gate

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom
conceptual diagram showing initial features of the design

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom
proportional comparison with similar buildings 

superspace proposes 'ascencion' as a vertical forest and observation tower for zagreb designboom
life inside the tower

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘ascencion’

type: competition

location: novi zagreb, zagreb, croatia

architect: superspace

 

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

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