FROM A CINEMA TO A CO-WORKING SPACE
Urania Cinema is one of the numerous old cinema buildings built in the city of Zagreb in the early 20th century. With the opening of new and modern multiplex theatres 20 years ago, the old Zagreb cinemas were forlorn, and the buildings, neglected and empty, started to deteriorate. The old Urania cinema is a typical back building in the block of Kvaternik Square. The project integrates new cultural spaces into the existing historic fabric.
Despite its age, the building had good predispositions to be adapted, converted and reused as a new office and public space. The biggest challenge was converting this space without any natural light into a functional workspace. The new Urania venue houses public spaces for various cultural events and a couple of office spaces.
Urania is an area of open and constant exchange of information, knowledge, and ideas in the field of culture, art, architecture, design, and all creative practice. The core value of Urania is making a stronger community through integrating a whole variety of creative practices, and a co-working space, thus creating a space for innovation.