Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia

Regeneration through history

Mixed use scheme in the ancient core of Split

The Roman Emperor Diocletian retired to his fortress palace in 305AD. After several centuries of abandonment following his death the palace was colonised by local tribes fleeing Slav invaders, the old palace was reborn as a city.

The site for this IDP project is a part of the palace destroyed by archaeological digs in the 1970s. The project seeks to regenerate the site through the history of its past occupants. Each building reflects a character with an associated use. New additions share a common architectural language, the ruins of the palace (the past), the new building forms (the present), and the roof an expressive, flowing, reflective surface, which looks forward to the future.

Tutors: Ben Cowd (2012)

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