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HERMES ARRIAGA SIERRA: A zone for creating new ideas and innovative models

 

Co-founder and director of Impact Hub Zagreb, who is an engineer by education, but entrepreneur and creative consultant by vocation, came to the neighbourhood from far-away Mexico.

Hermes A. Sierra 2

Hermes A. Sierra: We’ve rented a place for Impact Hub in the surroundings of Martićeva street simply because the space with the characteristic that we needed for our business model was available in this area. With time we have been realizing how important the surrounding is for people having their offices or visiting Impact Hub’s space to do business with us, since it is well connected to the public transportation. There are a lot of coffee places, restaurants, small shops and is very close to a lot of the city centre’s main attraction points.

I think Impact Hub Zagreb is benefiting more from what the neighbourhood offers than the other way round. Positioning the Impact Hub in such a neighbourhood is adding value to the services that we offer. On the other hand if we think about it, the profile of Impact Hub in such a neighbourhood is adding value to the services that we offer. On the other hand if we think about it, the profile of Impact Hub’s members (entrepreneurs, freelancers, business consultants, designers, etc.) definitely adds diversity to the local culture and can potentially convert the area into a real innovation hub where creatives, techies and business people converge. If you consider the fluctuation and traffic of people that Impact Hub’s space attracts either for attending events, meeting or working from here, you could say that indeed the space is adding diversity and dynamics, but still our space size and the activities happening around do not yet reach a critical mass to really have a considerable impact on the neighbourhood as a whole.

I believe this area has the basic characteristics to really become not only a creative cluster but also a zone for developing business ideas, models and innovations where collaboration is actively happening having creativity as the core of it.

 
 

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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

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.