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The Brutalist Zagreb: Stunning Socialist-Era Architecture In Croatian Capital

Well what can we say, brutal, isn’t it?…

You love exploring around, but you’re bored of mainstream tourist locations? Well we have just an ideal topic for you, exploring Communist-era architecture isn’t on the standard bucket list of most Euro tourists. But when you think of it, it is actually quite fun and does provide a glimpse back into the past, just as any other historical building. When you think of visiting historic European cities, you always think of visiting the old core of the city that is full of cobble-stoned streets, medieval Churches and monuments yet many completely forget about the other kind of old-town that also speaks of it’s own era. There is a often a much more brutal, and somewhat unknown side to these same locations.

When thinking of Croatia, first thing that comes to your mind is the Adriatic sea and its Dalmatian Roman or Italian influenced architecture. Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, is obviously completely opposite of Dalmatia when it comes to architecture, as it has been influenced by Austro-Hungarian architecture and later during socialism as in all Slavic countries, by a concrete-solid burtalism. Location we’re talking about is Novi Zagreb, a cradle of Socialist-era architecture. It’s truly mid-century socialist city-planning on a grand scale. More info: Yomadic h/t:(designyoutrust)

Dead pigeon outside the communist architecture of the Zagreb “Rockets”

Communist-era apartment blocks “Rockets” in Zagreb. Architect – Richter.

Zagrepčanka. Zagreb, 1976. Architects Slavko Jelinek and Berislav Vinković.

“Kockica” or “Cube”. Zagreb, Croatia. Architect – Ivo Vitić, 1961-1968.

“Super Andrija” simply called “Kockica” (boxy) – Zagreb, Croatia. Architect – Miroslav Cantinellija, 1973

Super Andrija. Raw, honest, enormous. Zagreb, Croatia.

Richter’s Rockets – a spectacular example of mixed-use brutalist architecture in Zagreb.

Vjesnik, 1972. Zageb modernist architecture from the Communist era

A wider lens would have come in handy.
Billa supermarket, Zagreb.
Underpass infrastructure. Zagreb, Croatia.
Affectionately and collectively known as “Commie blocks”. Zagreb, by the river Sava.
What you can’t hear, are the sounds of a Death Metal band jamming.
Brutal communist architecture, Croatia. The “Super Andrija” building.
The foreground structure is a parking garage, and a very run down outdoor communal area. Richters Rockets, Zagreb.
Arriving in Belgrade, Serbia, author continued and used an ancient telescope to plan my communist architecture adventures.

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