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Nina Matika

architecture Furniture showroom L’Immeuble-villas _Zagreb 2020. Sport pavilion Muzil The house of Croatian fashion design Hotel Brezovica Cavae Romanae

design Istanbul meeting point

scenography William Shakespeare _Hamlet Georges Bizet _Carmen Sons die first

installations D DAY _site specifics

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Nina Matika Master of Architecture and Urban Planning mt. +385/915330945 Currenty living and working in Croatia.

The pavilions form is derrived by the placement of the existing trees on the site. Frames that shape the meander spread through space and make a blurry distinction between inside and outside. Rhythm is achieved by changing “empty” - glass parts and “full” - the parts with different densities of wooden frames. Wood, as a load bearing material of the structure, with its textured surface that is not uniformed, plastic or homogeneous, emphasizes the connection with nature and the essence of the material that is the forerunner of all the other, and associates the industrial furniture design. The pavilion attracts pedestrians, hindering them from the surrounding tall buildings.

_school project menthor_ Boris Koružnjak coauthors_ Anita Krmek, Marja Kolendić year_2008

Funrniture showroom

EUROPAN 9 brief: “Savica North is a newly planned urban zone on the Eastern outskirt of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. It is cca 4,7 kilometres apart from the centre. The study area ( the newly planned city area) is one of the city parts «between». It is between the former industrial area on the East and the housing estates on the city edges. The Master plan of Zagreb defines this area as a mixed-use zone, primarily residential. A detailed plan is required to determine further parameters and building typologies.

the relation to the river

This project is an hommage to Le Corbusier’s project L’Immeuble-villas (1922) and provides a new organizational solution that would raise the quality of life for the lower classes,calling for large blocks of cell-like individual apartments stacked one on top of one another, with plans that include a living room, bedrooms, and kitchen, as well as a garden terrace. The goal was to achieve a dose od individual in the collective.

the Smithsons _Golden Lane _Robin Hood Gardens public spaces in the building

_school project menthor_ Lenko Pleština year_2011

L’Immeuble-villas _Zagreb 2020.

private and public green spaces

7 types of appartments

“tetris” section mixing

plan segment

_old playground

_Pula city centre

_the forest

_muzil fortress


Muzil peninsula in located in the perifery of Pula and was formerly occupied by millitary. A big green area has the remains of old Austro- Hungarian fortresses and other archeological findings. New sport and cultural use of this area had to be combined in a single pavilion building. The design and position of the pavilion maximise the strenghts of the location and provide a simple way of transformation between different requiered usage scenarios. _school project menthor_ Veljko Oluić year_2010

_solids frame the view of the surroundings mixing sport and the +content

Sport pavilion Muzil

usage scenarios

_the space of the sports court is transparent

_ joined

objects interwine

Interior redesign of the old Arts and Crafts shopping centre in Zagreb. The passage becomes a fashion runnway, old shopes are replaced by uniformed boutiques that, instead of walls, have prefabricated movable furniture that devides them. A concrete wall structure hides the spaces of production and manufacture, but in the same time has removable parts that provide communication with the passage and light reflectors and seating in case of a fashion show. _school project menthor_ Vesna Mikić coauthors_ Anita Krmek, Maša Medoš year_2011

The house of Croatian fashion design

kiosks first floor

the wall

boutiques ground floor

ground floor boutique plan


the wall disposition

The ruins of an old building are located in an extremely natural context. The project was supposed to explore the possibilities of an adaptation and maximal capacities for a new small hotel. A new anex is added, its transparent facade to the south opens the house to nature and light. This solid is cut with two greenhouses that change the dynamic of a standard multi-storey plan and long hotel holeways that are in some parts transformend into open bridges. _school project menthor_ Boris Morsan year_2012

Hotel Brezovica

the anex

transparent green “cuts�

communication and open spaces

The city of Pula is best known for its many surviving ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is its 1st-century amphitheatre, which is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world. It was built, among other monuments from that period, with the Cavae Romanae quarry stone located 6 km from the city centre. As a city with a metropolitan area of 90 000 inhabitants, has a deficit and poor displacement of cultural and recreation spaces. In the area of the abandoned quarry, a set of architectural frames are set to enable different recreational, public, social and cultural events. The “funcions” reminiscences an ancien thermae, and the “form” is based on the grounds of Cedric Price Fun Palace project ideology. This intervention restores the nature what was taken away with human exploatation, and to the city a new social centre. _master thesis menthor_ Veljko Oluić year_2012

Cavae Romanae

researching different topics regarding the design, typology and type of architectural intervention how?

21st century?

the modern, separated functions of the city


the roman period-thermae

form vs. function


temporary vs. permanent

mimicry vs. highlighting


the relationship with the existing


the city and its social life

defining new forms and functions


upgradeing the existing

preservation with architecture no intervention

info, caffe, gift shop, climbing club the bridge outdoor space with removable stands and tensile structure lapidarium teatro scientifico outdoor art gallery limited exploatation of stone parking

amount and degrees of intervention

the master plan and the disposition of functions







info, caffe, gift shop, climbing club

the bridge

outdoor art gallery

teatro scientifico


outdoor space with removable stands and tensile structure

usage scenarios stone sculpture worksops


sport, outdoor festivals and fairs

big concerts and shows

sightseeing paths, sport, recreation


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te et ou si lh



exterior work user traditional

west modern



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Istanbul meeting point




Istanbul - meeting point 1

client_ meds croatia coauthor_ Sara Žišković year_2011

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The city of Istanbul reduced in its architectural terms, has some general terms, applicable to all spaces/cities, and specific ones. Opposite terms define Istanbul as the meeting point of many contrasts. The standard A3 size paper is used as a simple children’s game of origami. When the paper transforms from 2D to 3D, the point of the game,connecting opposite “flowerpetals”, leads to the contact of four pairs of terms (traditional-modern,user-user,boundarylink, east-west), whose opposition diferents Istanbul from other cities. The idea is that the paper can also be used as a kind of a souvenir to learn about Istanbul, to learn about architecture.


e ar sq change



the word Istanbul can be replaced with the word architecture

luxury of a castle

First Clown: [Sings]

But age, with his stealing steps, Hath claw’d me in his clutch, And hath shipped me intil the land, As if I had never been such. (Throws up a skull)

the dirth of the dead and moral defilement

act V/scene I Hamlets distorted reality


Let me not burst in ignorance; but tell Why thy canonized bones, hearsed in death, Have burst their cerements; why the sepulchre, Wherein we saw thee quietly inurn’d, Hath oped his ponderous and marble jaws, To cast thee up again. What may this mean, That thou, dead corse, again in complete steel Revisit’st thus the glimpses of the moon, Making night hideous; and we fools of nature So horridly to shake our disposition With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls? act I/scene IV

_Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb _school project menthors_Zlatko Kauzlarić Atač,Darko Bakliža coauthors_Jelena Babić, Anita Krmek year_2011

William Shakespeare _Hamlet

theatre disposition and the plan of the “box”


This contemporary version of the Geogre Bizet´s opera Carmen was a joined production of 300 students from the University of Zagreb. The society outcasts meet in a suburbs playground where all of their life changing and tragical episodes happen.

Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski, Zagreb client_University of Zagreb _annual student project _ produced and performed by students of the Drama Academy, the Music Academy and the Academy of Fine arts Zagreb director_Krešimir Dolenčić conductor_ Mladen Tarbuk scenography menthor_Darko Bakliža coauthor_Anita Krmek year_2011 _winners of the 2011/2012 Rector´s Prize

Geogres Bizet _Carmen

The plot of this deeply touching play is set in the Dinara area (mountains on the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina) and is focused on a family who is unable to make peace with the death of a son and a brother whose body was never recovered, and because of that, it was not buried with dignity. This tragic comedy, a genre typical for Matišić, shows a world of thirty-year-old retirees, a world of mafia trading with human remains of the victims of the war, all happening in a bitter atmosphere of the Dinara region, which is forced to re-live the tragedies of war through all its consequences. Matišić reaches deeply into the psyche and the collective darkness, with which he transcends pure political theatre or social criticism, but skilfully and openly portrays not only the psychological states, psychiatric pathology, but also a mentality in its whole.

client_ Croatian National Theatre Osijek play by_Mate Matišić director_Zoran Mužić scenography menthor_Darko Bakliža coauthor_ Anita Krmek year_2012

first act

second act

The sons die first

third act

client_DAN D/D DAY festival menthor_Ivana Franke coauthors_Dora Durkesac, Maja Kolar, Maša Milovac, Adriana Pavelić, Sabina Pleše, Aleksandra Poljanec year_2013

D DAY_ site specifics

Paramachine installation is located in the hearth of the old industrial space, an old steam engine platform. When visitors step on the platform, a machine starts to create water mist cloud reminding with water its old use and dissapearing when the visitors leave. This reactivation represents a future possibility for this lost space, the hearth of the factory revivals only in interaction. All the force of the former factory is described quiet illumination of the forgotten machine.

Parallax Gredelj

The workshop, led by the reputable artist Ivana Franke, produced two site specific installations, displayed during the festival, that adressed different aspects of the potential and validation of extinct 20th century industry, the empty industrial spaces and the meening and transformation into creative industries in the future.


The 2013. D DAY festival of design was located in an abandoned train factory Gredelj. The theme of the festival was a more engaged questioning of the relationship between desig and public spaces of the city and the interaction with the local community.

Video installation Parallax Gredelj tries to bring the area closer to Zagreb inhabitants, This big space in the city centre is closed by walls and unknown. The idea of a future design idustries cluster will only be possible if that changes. Mapping is done by recording different points of view of the area, from train, tram or car. The distortion of views emphasizes “real” image of Gredelj.By conflicting the views, placing them opposite each other, positioning them back into the factory, a strange document of the space is created.

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