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Learn about all of the things that make life in the neighbourhood great — places you should visit, people you can meet, and events which you shouldn’t miss.


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.  

DDZ 2017: Odabrani finalisti za Hacking IKEA natjecanje

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DDZ 2017: Ratkaj’s Passage is becoming Green Ratkaj!

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Produljen rok za prijave na Hacking IKEA

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Become a volunteer for Design District Zagreb 2017!

Are you creative, curious and always eager to learn something new and eager to absorb new knowledge, as well as to acquire new knowledge and skills? Are you interested in design, visual culture and social activism?

Studenti ilustrirali Kreativnu Europu

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VLADIMIR DODIG TROKUT: I see the city as living organic tissue

“As a space, the city itself is dead if there’s no possibility of active living in it, like the possibility that this neighborhood had. The exact reason I moved to Tomašićeva Street is that I found this potential here.

ZORISLAV PETRIĆ: We have to maintain contact with the world

“We have a tendency to live in a balloon that can grow to become our ghetto, which is not good. A man has to sometimes take a tram ride to get a feeling about where exactly he lives.

LUCIJA ŠERBEDŽIJA: The spirit of the old city still lingers

“I can say that the ‘hood is alive during any season. It’s alive in the fall, when the traffic in one of the streets in the neighborhood closes down for a day, and we, the neighbors, organize an open-air party.

ANTUN MARAČIĆ: If art itself is anarchic, everything is art

“As an economical and practical medium, photography is suitable for lazy people like me. I never considered myself a photographer, I use the medium in an ecological way. I think the world is contaminated with objects, cluttered, needlessly polluted with materials.”

NEDA TELIŠMAN-KOŠUTA: The residents should activate their spaces themselves

“I think that neighborhood’s pride and the feeling of belonging have woken up and encouraged thinking about what else can be done to improve our lives. Of course, after the starting enthusiasm it’s important to actually do the organizing… But, enthusiasm is the crucial first step of any activity.”

Is ‘Sgt. Pepper’ the single most important album in rock history?

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Matko Vladanović’s Strip-tease with Aleksandar Zograf

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From Donji Vakuf to Booksa (across Egipt)

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Zvi Hecker exhibition: ‘I draw because I have to think’

On Tuesday, 9 of May, at 7 pm the exhibition Zvi Hecker: I draw because I have to think will open in Oris House of Architecture in presence of architect and author of the exhibition Zvi Hecker.

Poziv na sudjelovanje: HACKING IKEA 2017.

Festival Design District Zagreb u partnerstvu s tvrtkom IKEA Hrvatska organizira natjecanje HACKING IKEA, a rok za prijavu je 17. svibnja! Pozivaju se svi zainteresirani kreativci, neovisno o dobi i statusu (profesionalni dizajneri, studenti dizajna, ‘uradi sam’ entuzijasti, umjetnici i ostali) da se uključe u projekt stvaranja novih jedinstvenih rješenja ‘hakiranjem’ postojećih IKEA proizvoda i pridruže velikoj svjetskoj zajednici ‘IKEA hakera’.


Bagdad is a severely dilapidated industrial building of uncertain origin, ownership, and purpose, half-built and never finished, located in the large inner courtyard of Vlaška 79-81 A, on three floors with the impressive total area of 4200 m2.

Slavic Bank Building

The monumental bank palace situated at one of the busiest intersections in the narrow city centre is a representative work by the architect Hugo Ehrlich.

The Interior of Znanje Bookshop

The central part of King Zvonimir street, at the peripheral part of the neighbourhood, on the ground floor of the 1939 Gospodarska Sloga (Economic Agreement) building, housed the Znanje bookshop with its sophisticated modernist interior for years.

Croatian Medical Home

The representative modernist building of the Croatian Medical Home, seat of the Croatian Medical Association, a public association of Croatian physicians, medical professionals and dentists, opened in 1937.

St. Peters Church

The unassuming church with attractive exterior, dedicated to St. Peter, symbolically divides Vlaška street in half.

Unused spaces

In Martićeva and neighbouring streets there are many deserted storing places and outlets. Those places had previously been used as shops for the automobile industry. Also, there are many uncared-for yards surrounding apartment buildings, empty garages, warehouses and similar facilities.