ascension : limited edition aerial forest brings freshness of medvednica mountain

superspace as Architects

a medieval complex of churches, palaces, museums, and governmental buildings, in between a mountain on the north and a river on the south, over the river and through the woods, Zagreb is in the perfect place for a city to sustain and last, a blessing and a curse. and now it needs to expand to the south and densify the existing modern urban area.

an observation tower will remark this new city and be the symbol of this endeavor.
will ascension capture the heart of the city?

 

with a new center emerges an iconic new gate: ascension, functioning as an observation tower, literally at the heart of Zagreb, set in the midst of the old and the new city, gets inspired from the city’s historical and natural iconic landmarks, facing the south bank of river Sava and derives its form with an analogical approach to the existing towers of the old town and revives itself using the magnificent nature of the city as an immersive skin of the earth, the wood, and the forest. as the Novi Zagreb is the future and modern face of Zagreb, Ascension represents and empowers the connection with the past and future; nature and man-made; old and new; as though the ground ascended to the sky and created this void, to engage this dialogue with a strong flow and visual relation.

photo_credit superspace
superspace

Zagreb is an old city with growing potential, also accommodating a great landscape and nature. every growing potential is valuable, especially if it is following the rhythm, scale, and heritage of the city. the ascension tower, new gate between the old and new city would be a representative of the background of the city while giving a new breath for the future.

having vistas on different levels, the tower ends up with a platform at 40m from the ground level, giving a perfect field of view starting from the Sava river to the heart of Zagreb, culminates with the Medvednica mountains and an eternal sky.

creating a portal between the old and new city, the observation tower ends with a simple, easy, and identical form, which could be traced back to medieval times, surrounds visitors with a traditional, timeless and sustainable material, deliberately turning into a city charm and sparking the desire to be there at least once and get that photo under the torsade.

 

how can we reveal the potential of the city’s iconic context with an observation tower enjoying a connection with the city's historical and natural background?

photo_credit superspace
superspace
photo_credit superspace
superspace

 

its magnificent and well-protected environment makes it a place to live for good and the best way to see the city as if you were in the middle of Medvednica forests within the ease of being literally here in the midst of the city center.

as a connecting and reflective feature of the old and the new city, ascension greets the landmarks of the downtown with respect and claims a unique form with analogical proportions.

ascension creates a focal point to the plaza located at the intersection of the main retail streets connecting the river Sava to Dubrovnik avenue. facing the old and the new city ascension connects the riverbank with the prospected greenery of this new urban development.

photo_credit superspace
superspace

 

​ ascension is the new gate of the city zagreb, connecting both sides of the city, the river and the mountain visually with a green portal, which revives a vertical path of a natural observation tower. 

 

entangled terraces give way to trees while changing the focus points of the visitor and encourage them to target other parts of the city as well as the old town.

every spectator around gets different vistas from their relative position of time and space, while the inner shell gives a warm, welcoming, inclusive, and safe ambiance for visitors on various levels with peculiar panoramas. the tangled terraces give way to trees and create unexpected encounters with other visitors and so with the city.

photo_credit superspace
superspace
photo_credit superspace
superspace

 

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
ERRE Arquitectura transforms a disused space into an oasis of well-being
16 Aug 2022 News
ERRE Arquitectura transforms a disused space into an oasis of well-being

Located in the heart of Valencia in Spain, Clinica Alejandria designed by ERRE Arquitectura is a pla... More

Visitor Centre for the Bernau Trade Union School celebrates and reveals a celebrated Bauhaus Monument
15 Aug 2022 News
Visitor Centre for the Bernau Trade Union School celebrates and reveals a celebrated Bauhaus Monument

In 2017 the iconic Bauhaus work ‘Bundesschule Bernau,’ built by Bauhaus director Hannes... More

Ippolito Fleitz Group redefines office culture through a network of fluid and adaptable spaces
15 Aug 2022 News
Ippolito Fleitz Group redefines office culture through a network of fluid and adaptable spaces

Ippolito Fleitz Group designs the Swiss headquarters for an international pharmaceutical company in... More

Atelier Archmixing designs a cultural landmark amidst a picturesque mountain landscape
15 Aug 2022 News
Atelier Archmixing designs a cultural landmark amidst a picturesque mountain landscape

Nestled in the mountainous region of Chengde, the Art centre of Aranya serves as a connection betwee... More

Top 10 Trending Glazed Office Partitions
12 Aug 2022 Specification
Top 10 Trending Glazed Office Partitions

Glazed office partition systems respond to the essential needs oftoday’s workplaces. Transpare... More

Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular
11 Aug 2022 News
Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto merges a contemporary volume with Italian rural vernacular

In Italy’s Apulian countryside, Casa Aco by Giuseppe Gurrieri Architetto is a renovation and e... More

Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees
9 Aug 2022 News
Refugee Museum of Denmark (FLUGT) by BIG sheds light on the stories, challenges, emotions, and spirit of the world's refugees

Situated on the site of Denmark's largest Refugee camp from World War II, FLUGT by BIG is a museum d... More

Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy
8 Aug 2022 News
Haydon Xi’an by Salone Del Salon is an artistic tribute to Retro, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Haydon, a multi-brand cosmetics retailer recently opened its doors to a striking, new retail space i... More