Nautical Museum of Split Wins ArchitectsJURY Award

Architect's Jury Winner 2012

The 2012 Spring ArchitectsJURY competition has come to a close and Nikola Rubic, a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany and ArchiCAD user, has won. His prize was an Apple MacBook Pro.  The ArchitectsJURY competition focuses on finding the best architectural student work, as judged by visitors to, the student architecture community.  His peers voted for his entry, the Nautical Museum of Split, in the global, online competition.

ArchiCAD Architect's JuryRubic envisioned the Museum situated in Split, Croatia’s second largest city. The Mediterranean city on the Eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea has a bustling and vibrant population. The nautical museum that currently resides in Split does not match the degree to which the harbor influenced the city’s development and history. Today, Split is one of the largest harbor cities on the Mediterranean Sea. A reorganization of the harbor district is underway so Rubic thought museum would serve to generate new possibilities for better connections between the historical city center and traffic connectivity for citizens and tourists alike.

Architect's Jury Winner 2012

Nikola Rubic receives a MacBook Pro from Alexander Maier, GRAPHISOFT Center Rhein-Main.

“It was important for me to create a new, representative, and significant nautical museum in the harbor, close to the historical city center and the traffic junction,” said Nikola Rubic.  “It was meant to be a connection between those interested in culture, tourists, and railway and ferry transfer passengers,” he continued.  Rubic says he took advantage of the ways in which ArchiCAD let him ‘walk through’ the building to experience his design choices – quickly and efficiently. ” One click of the mouse was all it took to see different views and sections, so I had much more time to work on the design concept itself.”

ArchiCAD Architect's Jury WinnerThe museum guest’s path is divided into three parts:  a permanent exhibition, and a shorter, temporary exhibition, with an optional walk through an outside area. Generally, every walk has visual connections to the other exhibitions, the foyer, the café, the marine library, and the harbor. The first exhibition items can already be found in the foyer. Guests can reach the starting point of the exhibition by elevator. Visitors walk through the exhibition on ramps until the end on the ground floor. The museum includes a marine library, auditorium, and a café area that has a separate entrance if the museum is closed. The secondary functions are accessible by stairs and are differentiated from the primary functions in that they are accessible via ramps.

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