3LHD design restaurant for Zagreb University's Agriculture and Forestry Faculty
The Green Pavilion_Restaurant is placed in Zagreb’s biggest Forest Park Maksimir. The most important element and the inspiration for this project is the location itself, with extremely high quality existing vegetation, which is densely distributed throughout the plot and gradually diluted out toward the eastern edge.
The idea of the new Pavilion_Restaurant is to construct a space by mapping the area of high quality trees and to define the remaining territory for construction. By raising this 'cut' green territory in the air the space 'below' is created. The basic formal and functional element and a seasonal regulator of light is so-called 'vegetative' canopy that has been formed along the entire roof edge.
The large entrance atrium is the main entrance Plaza, a meeting place, an open terrace and a main entrance to all building spaces. Two main restaurants (canteen and a’la carte) are located next to two main building atriums. The Students association offices and the multifunctional Hall are part of the eastern volume, thus allowing the pavilion to be built in phases.
The small temporary buildings and greenhouses that have always been present throughout the campus as part of the faculty culture have served as inspiration for the accommodation units with ten apartments which have been incorporated into the project concept. The apartments are designed as freestanding volumes raised on the roof for privacy.
The idea is to create a sustainable house, which will contribute to the environment in every respect - with building materials, construction and structure. In designing, a special significance is given to natural lighting and natural space ventilation. The roof and its over sized vegetative canopy are excellent regulators of heat, a thick protective cover that keeps the house from cold in winter and heat in summer.