An Exception That Might Become a Rule

architects Ivana Ergić, Vesna Milutin, Tomislav Rukavina
project Office and residential building, Velika Gorica, Croatia
written by Vera Grimmer


When taking the busy road which leads to the centre of the small town of Velika Gorica, in the middle of a suburban mixture of diverse typologies – from rural leftovers to more or less plain more recent office and residential buildings – our eye will unexpectedly be caught by an ensemble, alien to its surroundings. This complex of transparent office building and compact residential building is not striking because of its spectacular form or unusual textures and colour, but precisely because of its inconspicuous quality, its discrete, but pronounced dignity.