The reconstruction and extension of the Kozala Cemetery municipal building and the redesign of the square at the cemetery entrance provide a new asset to the public space of the city of Rijeka. The cemetery area is a part of a protected historical structure as one of the rare valuable cemeteries from the Art Nouveau period. After the analysis of the brief, the need emerged to articulate and form the square as a place of gathering and associating. The new front of the unified structure is treated as a “hovering” scenery of the square; it mirrors the existing greenery. The design of the square in front of the structure is an intermezzo on the trajectory of the promenade in the direction from the park to the cemetery. The material of the surface is white rustic terrazzo, made of white cemetery rubble, a universal element that indicates a graveyard, transformed into three different finish modes. The project has retained the flower kiosks by placing them into glass cylinders under the “hovering” mass of the house, additionally stressing the intervention in visual terms.
Project title: Cemetery – access square and service building
Authors: 3LHD: Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Silvije Novak, Ljerka Vučić, Siniša Glušica
Location: Petra Kobeka 13, Rijeka
Design year: 2002
Site area : 1659 m2
Footprint : 216 m2
Photography: Sanjin Kunić, 3LHD arhiva