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bruketa&zinic + brigada: typotecture


bruketazinic + brigada: typotecture

Before and after the zavrtnica business centre of croatia’s capital city zagreb has received a facelift, thanks to the staff of the agency brigade, part of the bruketa žinić group, and its architects, interior and product designers. an entire block of buildings with four structures has been refurbished as a whole by means of ‘typotecture’ – the use of extremely large scale typography on architectural structures. The project is supported by B.M.V. engineering who own the commercial space, a collection of heterogeneous buildings found within a former factory complex. in terms of their architecture, distribution and façades, the existing structures were all completely different.

To unify them as well as to tone down the building block, black and white were used to anchor the surrounding buildings. In the concept, the central structure, no. 10 is particularly important. this is the seat of the administration of the zavrtnica business centre, and the most dominant building of the unit. it is a cube shaped builing, and by painting it white, the designers succeded in raising it up out of the back roundation and surrounding buildings, making it exceptionally more visible. not only upon entering the business centre, but also at much larger distances. in this way, people entering and leaving the city can notice this building as a sort of landmark just before entering the city, or upon departing from the nearby zagreb main train station.

the final look – the building can be seen from the train that runs by the business centre. The designers felt that using standard ‘legible’ typography would counter the architecture, as then the text would become the dominant feature.

unusually large letters

up close look

the side buildings

the back of the building

branimir sabljic, srdana alac and damjan geber (brigada and bruketa žinić group OM)

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

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A band of tightly knitted fabric with a celadon rose is wrapped around the telephone pole. I choose the term Celadon – a willow-green color – because I am gay. It makes sense to me and well, frankly, it helps me make sense of this little design trend happening here in the hood.

As I was pondering the placement of this I found myself staring at the mass of staples left over from posters that have been placed and removed over time. There is beauty in that simple act. This I can grasp hold of. A natural composistion of movement in thought – left over – in the arrangement. Beautiful. Does the “Rose Band” add to this beauty. Only time will tell.

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