In the hustle and bustle of rushing big cities, we often don’t even notice when spectacular public spaces cross our paths. However, some examples can surprise us and grab our attention—these spaces are ideal for relaxing on the go or for all-day programs. Here we go!
Poljana Square | Šibenik, Croatia
The Atelier Minerva, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb and the Institute of Architecture also participated in the design of Šibenik’s new main square. The community site envisioned as an infrastructural space also has an archeological park and a garage—a dialogue between the medieval, modern and contemporary city.
Promenada | Velenje, Slovenia
Designed by the Enota architectural firm, the Velenje Promenada is a vital main road, and its renovation was part of the revitalization of the city center. The reconstruction had two purposes: they wanted more green space and more programs in the center of the young city—designed back in the 1950s based on the ideals of modernism.
DT Plateau | Belgrade, Serbia
The square was created to house the monument to Dimitrije Tucovic, an important figure in the Serbian socialist movement, and is associated with the 4of7 architectural studio and the Institute of Transportation CIP. By extending the pavement, a public space has been created to accommodate various events and food stalls.
Széll Kálmán Square | Budapest, Hungary
The Építész Stúdió and Lépték-Terv were responsible for the renovation of one of the busiest transport hubs in Budapest. Due to the strict order of the tram lines and various roads running through Széll Kálmán Square, the primary architectural and landscape architectural goal was to rationalize the inner parts. Shrubs, trees, fountains and benches were placed in the most optimal way, providing the shortest route for each transfer.
Spassky Square | Kyiv, Ukraine
The landscape created by the AER architectural firm connects the 12th-century Church of the Savior on Berestove with the 18th-century Pechersk fortress. The neighborhood of the monuments was controversial, as the rainwater of the bastion usually flooded the church, part of which was excavated during archaeological research. The modernization of Spassky Square resolved the conflict over the historic site.