The ‘Wooden Skyscraper’ stands out among other buildings in the neighbourhood with its vividness and vigour.
As one of the oldest skyscrapers in Zagreb, this residential and business building consists of a basic two-storey building and an eight-storey tower. It was built from 1956 to 1958 according to the design of renowned architect Drago Ibler, on a square that now bears his name. Much like the equally famed ‘Vitić Skyscraper’ in Laginjina Street, the facade of the ‘Wooden Skyscraper’ is adorned by numerous elements that gave it its nickname, primarily balcony railings and the wooden facade of the central line of the stairway. The building was originally intended for the company Autocentar and its workers, demonstrating the one-time importance of the automotive industry for both the Zagreb economy and this city quarter. In addition to its residents, today the ‘Wooden Skyscraper’ is home to several establishment of various profiles, for instance, a popular retail store on the ground floor.
Owing to its exceptional architectural value, the skyscraper was placed on the List of Protected Cultural Goods in 2004, but its comprehensive reconstruction began only about ten years later and is currently nearing its end. With its new/old look, fully in accord with its original appearance, the ‘Wooden Scyscraper’ stands out among the other buildings in the neighbourhood with its indisputable vividness and enduring inventiveness and vigour.