Winning Project of 2018 Zagreb Design Week to Be Implemented

By 29 March 2019

From 7 to 12 May, at this year's Zagreb Design Week, a prototype of the mentored work “Small Home - Place of Provisional Living in Nature", created by design student Luka Palestrina Mazić, will be presented. The work was created under the mentorship of professor Mladen Orešić and Andrea Hercog, and it will be implemented this year thanks to the joint forces of the festival and the Design Studies in Zagreb. It will be exhibited in the design park of the Hall V of the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum. It is an innovative modular system of prefabricated elements that also has the possibility of rotation and upgrading of the basic module depending on the needs of the user, the location and the climate.

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“The project has emerged as a solution for the ever-increasing need of people to return to nature, as a place of regeneration and isolation from mass tourism and an escape from the saturation of the fast pace of urban lifestyle. However, in returning to the natural environment, people are still striving to meet the standards of their habits and needs. With the surface of 15 square metres, I have designed basic functional rooms – kitchen, living room and bedroom and a toilet, while outer walls are made of wood and large glass surfaces, connecting the interior with the natural environment. I believe that design can offer Croatian tourism a new vision different from living in the “concrete tourist cages," and closer to the innovative design and architectural solutions that preserve the natural heritage and affirm it together with cultural heritage," Mazić said.

The award was decided by an international jury composed of: Michael Ani (United Kingdom, Makkina, director), Tomislav Bobinec (Croatia/Austria, FH Joanneum, lecturer), Sara Ferrari (Italy, Domus Academy, head of Master Product Design Programme), Andrej Filetin (Croatia, Filburg, designer) and Davor Grünwald.

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The ZGDW Award has been conceived as an incentive for the development of Croatian design and is the only such award with a financial element in the country, and now the festival has also decided to create a model of the best work. The recent developments are a good incentive for all competitors who will apply for this year's competition by March 31st. The topic is "New Future / Changing the Game".

During the festival, the Hall V will host the ZGDW Awards exhibition of the works of all the finalists and award-winning authors, selected by the international jury.

More news on the Zagreb Design Week can be found in the Lifestyle section.