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Vitić Skyscraper

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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.

 
 
 
 

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