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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture | Osijek, Croatia

Discipline meets playfulness, and novelty meets history in the building of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Osijek, Croatia, which we explored in the framework of this week’s PACE X HYPEANDHYPER episode.

The building of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Osijek could serve as a perfect example for students. With an abundance of natural daylight, airy community spaces and solutions also facilitating individual learning, it is the perfect starting point for the architects of the future. 

The building was designed by Croatian architects Dinko Peračić and Roman Šilje as part of a complex. The shorter sides of the oblong building are open, and several other solutions also strengthen the open character of the building, including the open endings of the corridors, the internal terraces and the giant roof windows. 

Students can navigate in the building characterized by easy passability just like the air and light finding their way from the skylights to the ground floor. The faculty of architecture is passable from the basement up to the highest floor through wide connecting elements with various additional functions, including an open classroom, a canteen, grandstands next to the Students’ Club, terraces, porticos, a lobby for offices and bike parking. In addition to the contemporary spaces of learning, interaction and teaching, they also kept a section of the past: the architects found an elegant way to integrate the archaeological site on the ground floor into the building.

Teaching architecture can also be perceived as a series of meaningful conversations. At the Faculty of Architecture in Osijek, the building supports this vast meaning, illustrating vividly the most important architectural topoi: disciplined order and wild playfulness, historical stratification and novel tectonics at the same time.

architect and assistant professor András Márk Bartha DLA

In our series titled PACE X HYPEANDHYPER, we showcase a prominent contemporary public building from the Central Eastern European region each week. 

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