Monument to the Homeland

LocationZagreb, Croatia
ApplicationPaths and steps
ProjectNenad Fabijanić
Light planningOrtoforma / Telektra

Opposite the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, in the centre of Zagreb, stands the Monument to the Homeland, the work of Croatian architectural practice Nenad Fabijanić. The project is intended as a new urban space for gatherings and official ceremonies.

The Monument to the Homeland is composed of three elements that hold great symbolic value for the Croatian population: the Portal, the Wall of Pain and the Altar. The Portal is an architectural reference to city gates and triumphal arches, with simplified forms that nevertheless retain a monumental character. A series of Neva 1.2 linear profiles, 3000K, with wide 45° optics and honeycomb louvre, are installed in the horizontal sections of the Portal and cast a uniform light on the paving below.

The Wall of Pain is inspired by a previous monument built of bricks that was dedicated to the Croats who died during the 1991–1995 war. Architect Nenad Fabijanić created a reinterpretation of the brick wall in glass. The result is a light, ethereal structure resting on a pool of water, an iridescent work that reflects the weather from moment to moment. The light from the Bright 1.6 316L underwater recessed fixtures at the base of the glass wall mixes with the water spray and gives it substance: the delicate Wall of Pain appears to emerge from the clouds.

In the space between the Portal and the Wall of Pain stands the Altar, a stone monument that holds the eternal flame, completing the national symbolism. Rondò 3.2 step lights in AISI 316L stainless steel mark out the entire perimeter of the monument complex with a radial double beam.



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