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Riva Split Waterfront, Split
Practice information
Partners Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tanja Grozdanić and Silvije Novak.
Founded 1994
Significant works and honors
Buildings Spaladium Arena (2008)
Awards 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona (Sports hall Bale)
Memorial Bridge, Rijeka

3LHD is an architectural firm based in Zagreb, Croatia. The studio was responsible for designing many public and business objects throughout the country and abroad, is known for its simplicity and contemporary visual look in architecture.[1] 3LHD was founded in 1994 in Zagreb, by a generation of contemporary Croatian architects.[2]

Their debut on the scene went with the realization of the Award-winning project Memorial Bridge in Rijeka.


3LHD is an architectural firm, focused on integrating various disciplines – architecture, urban planning, design and art.[3] 3LHD architects constantly explore new possibilities of interaction between architecture, society and individuals. With contemporary approach, the team of architects resolves all projects in cooperation with many experts from various disciplines.

Projects, such as Memorial Bridge in Rijeka, Croatian Pavilion in EXPO 2005 in Japan and EXPO 2008 in Zaragoza, Riva Waterfront in Split, Sports Hall Bale in Istria, Zamet Centre in Rijeka, Zagreb Dance Centre in Zagreb, Hotel Lone in Rovinj and Amarin Apartment Village in Rovinj are some of the important highlights. The work of 3LHD has received important Croatian and international awards, including the award for best building in Sport category on first World Architecture Festival WAF 2008, IOC/IAKS Bronze Medal Award 2009 for best architectural achievement of facilities intended for sports and recreation, AR Emerging Architecture Award (UK), the ID Magazine Award (USA); and Croatian professional awards Drago Galić (2013; 2008), Bernando Bernardi (2009; 2005), Viktor Kovačić (2011; 2001), and Vladimir Nazor (2009; 1999). In 2012 Croatian President Ivo Josipović awarded 3LHD with the Charter of the Republic of Croatia for exceptional and successful promotion of contemporary architecture in Croatia and abroad.

They represented Croatia at the Venice Biennale 2010, 12th International architecture exhibition with the group of authors, and took part in the 2008 ‘Mare Nostrum’ exhibition on the second International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, and in a group exhibition in Boston at Harvard University: “New trajectories: Contemporary Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia“.

3LHD's projects have been presented in reputable international and Croatian magazines and journals, such as Japanese A+U, British The Architectural Review, German DB, Italian The Plan, Croatian Oris; and also in many architectural portals and web pages.[4]

3LHD architects are actively involved in teaching and have been visiting lecturers and critics in numerous cities and institutions such as ETH in Zurich, Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, RIBA London and Architectural Faculties and Universities. Currently the office partners are Guest Professors at GAF Architectural Faculty, University of Split and at Architecture Faculty, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Their work has been presented in Vienna, London and New York. Given the intense activity of 3LHD in the past ten years, a number of relevant and successful projects are still awaiting realization.[5]

Notable projects[edit]


  • Memorial Bridge, Rijeka, Croatia (1997–2001)
  • Villa Klara, Zagreb, Croatia (1997–2001)
  • Croatian pavilion EXPO 2008 in Spain, Zaragoza, (2006–2008)
  • Kozala Square and Service Building, Rijeka, Croatia (2002–2007)
  • Bale Sport Hall, Bale (town), Croatia (2005–2007) [6]
  • Split Waterfront, Split (2006–2007)
  • Spaladium Arena, Split, Croatia (2007–2008)
  • Croatian pavilion EXPO 2005 in Japan, Aichi, (2004–2005)
  • House K, Zagreb, Croatia (2004–2008)
  • Sveti Vid Housing, Rovinj, Croatia (2006–2008)
  • Zagreb Dance Centre, Zagreb, Croatia (2003–2009) [7]
  • Zamet Centre, Rijeka, Croatia (2005–2009) [8]
  • House J2, Zagreb, Croatia (2005–2009) [9]
  • Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia (2006–2011) [10]
  • Ski Restaurant Raduša, Uskoplje, Bosnia and Hercegovina (2010-2011)
  • Amarin Apartment Village, Rovinj, Croatia (2012-2013)
  • Cedevita training camp, Zagreb, Croatia (2012-2012)
  • Lone Outdoor Pool, Rovinj, Croatia (2011-2013)
  • House U, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2006-2012)
  • House V2, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2004-2013)
  • Hotel Dubrovnik Palace Renovation, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2013-2014)
  • Mulini Beach, Rovinj, Croatia (2012-2014)
  • Hotel Adriatic, Rovinj, Croatia (2014.) [11]

Ongoing and future[edit]

  • Bus Terminal Žabica, Rijeka, Croatia (2008)
  • xCimos Office Building, Zagreb, Croatia (2009)
  • 4_Towers, Zagreb, Croatia (2010)
  • Green Pavilion_Reastaurant, Zagreb, Croatia (2010)
  • Janković Manor, Suhopolje, Croatia (2013)
  • Karlovac aquarium, Karlovac, Croatia (2013)
  • LN Garden Resort, Guangzhou, China (2014)
  • Novalja Urban Development Study (2014.)


  • Ibler Passage, Zagreb, Croatia (2005)
  • Eastern European Center of Culture, China, Xi’an (2006)
  • Tower 123, Zagreb, Croatia (2006)
  • Poreč Green Forum, Poreč, Croatia (2007)
  • University Library Zadar, Zadar, Croatia (2007)
  • Kajzerica City Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia (2008)
  • Duilovo Waterfront Masterplan, Split, Croatia (2009)
  • Senj Squares, Senj, Croatia (2010)
  • Campus B, Zagreb, Croatia (2010)
  • Mali Maj, Poreč, Croatia (2011)
  • Čakovec City Centre Study, Čakovec, Croatia (2013)


  • IOC Trophy for Sport and Sustainable Development 2012 for Sports Hall Bale
  • 47th Zagreb Salon of Architecture Award for Hotel Lone
  • International Hotel Award 2012 for the best congress hotel in Europe for Hotel Lone
  • European Hotel Design Award 2012 for best new built hotel for Hotel Lone
  • Oris Award 2012 for outstanding creative contribution to architecture for Hotel Lone
  • Charter of the Republic of Croatia for exceptional and successful promotion of contemporary architecture in Croatia and abroad
  • CAA Realizations 2011 - Viktor Kovačić Award for Hotel Lone
  • IOC / IAKS Award 2011 Silver medal for Centre Zamet
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Annual Vladimir Nazor Award 2009 for Centre Zamet
  • CAA Realizations 2009 - Bernardo Bernardi Award for Centre Zamet
  • IOC / IAKS Award 2009 - Bronze medal for Sports Hall Bale
  • CAA Realizations 2008 - Drago Galić Award for House J2
  • World Architecture Festival Sport Category Award 2008 for Sports Hall Bale
  • CAA Realizations 2005 - Bernardo Bernardi Award for Croatian Pavilion on EXPO 2005
  • I.D. Annual Design Review 2003 for the Memorial Bridge
  • AR+D Award 2002
  • CAA Realizations 2001 - Viktor Kovačić Award for the Memorial Bridge
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Annual Vladimir Nazor Award 1999 for Vila Klara


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