Located near, and facing the King Petar Krešimir IV Park the building has a prominent place in city of Osijek identity. It was a place where generations of kids and adults from all walks of life got together and enjoyed sport and recreation activities in the heart of the city. Keeping this in mind we realized we had a great responsibility to people and location in general and we had to approach the project methodically.
Our task was to reconstruct the already existing building which is on the cultural heritage registry and add an addition in the form of gymnasium hall to make a world class gymnastics training facility. The existing building is from the start of 20th century and is built in historicistic style with recognizable front facade with its Greek influences. The building was reconstructed to it’s original architecture design with great care. The addition behind the existing building is in 2 parts. First part is mirror like glass covered “cube” which houses the locker rooms and supporting spaces for the gym hall it self. The glass facade was chosen to make a sort of brake between “old” and “new”. The gymnasium hall is simple, rational and functional hall with large amount of natural light. Textile facade was then chosen to cover the concrete hall. It’s orange color, sharp angels and non-symmetry reflect the motion of its users and bring some color in to the surrounding area which houses open fields and ice rink during winter.