The new Žnjan will have a seaside promenade between the catering facilities and the beach, along with recreational zones, cultural venues and green spaces
A public tender for Žnjan was launched at the end of 2017, looking for the best concept which would include sports and recreational zones, cycling trails, greenery, promenades, and several hospitality objects.
“The area between Zenta and Duilovo covers a lot of space where the citizens have only learned to know for coffee and dusty parking – really, this area can offer a lot more. Compare it with Copacabana or with other beaches that have embellished large tourist and economic centers around the world,” said Split Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara at the time.
It seems Split is finally getting its own Copacabana, as the winning design was unveiled on February 20, 2018, with the Ante Kuzmanić architectural firm taking away the first place.
The concept for new Žnjan is based on greenery and green spaces, sprinkled with recreational zones and objects such as playgrounds, sports fields, a swimming pool, a skate park and a fitness trail spanning through the entire area. There will also be an open-air concert hall and an amphitheatre by the sea, along with a seaside promenade lined with several hospitality objects.
Unlike the old Žnjan which had a total of 30 catering facilities lining the beach, the new concept calls for only 7 cafés and bars located some 30 metres away from the shore. The area is also getting a new parking lot with around 500 parking spaces.
The judging panel was headed by architect Vjekoslav Ivanišević, with other members being Mayor Opara, architects Gojko Berlengi and Dragan Žuvela, and consultant Mario Šerić. The competition saw a total of 12 submissions.
Source: Dalmacija Danas