Mobile menu button
Design District Zagreb logo

Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU)


Ibler or Wooden Skyscraper


Vitić Skyscraper

Marker ikona

Despite the relative deterioration, the ‘Vitić skyscraper’ is a highly desirable residential location.

This popular apartment block of a former national bank in Laginjina Street 7-9, more known as the ‘Vitić skyscraper’, is one of the most significant examples of modern architecture in Zagreb. The moniker by which the building is known to all locals and even visitors, is an homage to its designer, the Šibenik architect Ivan Vitić. It is striking due to its characteristic wooden window shutters that cover the facade in a playful grid. The facade is further complemented with other distinguishing elements — yellow, blue, red and green panels, which have unfortunately faded over the years, still awaiting the desperately needed restoration of the complex. Built from 1958 to 1962, the complex also includes, in addition to the skyscraper, two smaller buildings, a three-storey and a four-storey one, as well as a courtyard and a small children’s park.

Despite the relative deterioration, one might even say dilapidation of the facade, the ‘Vitić skyscraper’ is a highly desirable residential location, both due to its iconic status in Croatian architecture, and due to the truly excellent design of its interior, whose flexibility allowed the residents to (re)construct their apartments much to their own discretion. The residents include leading figures of the local creative and cultural scene: designer Lana Cavar, the brothers Nenad and Damir Fabijanić, architect and photographer, the architects Tatjana and Saša Begović (3LHD), journalist and musician Ante Perković… Often compared to Le Corbusier’s ‘Unité d’Habitation’ in Marseilles, the ‘Vitić Skyscraper’ is rightfully considered to have shaped the identity of the ‘Martićeva Zone’ and the entire city centre of Zagreb.



Atelier Ostrman

One of the more interesting locations in Lopašićeva Street is the art studio of the painter Tomislav Ostrman, Atelier Ostrman, where he exhibits and sells his own pieces and those of his colleagues and friends, alongside organizing small social events in this attractive workshop.

Garderoba Concept Store

With the opening of Ana Ivančić’s Garderoba, Zagreb got its first conceptual showroom for Scandinavian fashion. Garderoba is a carefully thought-out project, a room whose elements have all been designed by brilliant Croatian designers and architects, thus also adding a Croatian brand to the offer.

Slatka priča

The Slatka Priča pastry shop was started in 2013, and is currently in three places – Kranjčevićeva Street, Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Street in Zagreb’s Malešnica neighborhood, and, of course, Martićeva Street (since 2016), more precisely at the busy corner of Martićeva and Smičiklasova.


Mikrofon is a music school started in 2009, located in the charming inner courtyard of 19 Martićeva Street. Its predecessor was the Vocal Studio Maraton vocal workshop from Rijeka, and the school has since then grown from offering single singing lessons to group singing and lessons for children, as well as instrumental music lessons.

Medveščak Library

The Medveščak Library, our neighborhood’s branch of Zagreb City Libraries, encompasses three departments – adult, children’s and youth (also known as “Idi pa Vidi”, or “Come and See”). Besides normal library duties, the library also engages in setting up various exhibitions in its windows, and workshops in the rooms of the youth and children’s departments.