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Stadium Poljud revitalization

Service - Preliminary Design

Status - Design

Appointment - 2017

Location - Split

Capacity - 6047m2 

Area - 69000m2 

Client - HNK Hajduk Split 

Author - Gorana Giljanović, Eugen Popović

Company - GEplus arhitekti

Project team - Gorana Giljanović, Eugen Popović, Denis Grubišić 

3D visualizations - Boris Goreta

Stadium Poljud was built in 1979 for VIII. Mediterranean Games held the same year. The author of the complex and the stadium is Academician Boris Magaš. Poljud is one of the most eminent architectural achievements of the second half of the 20th century on the territory of the Republic of Croatia. In 2015, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia declared the stadium a protected cultural heritage. After the end of the Mediterranean Games, the stadium became the home of the local club 'HNK Hajduk'. Various concerts and athletic events were held at the stadium as well.


Although the stadium was designed visionary for its time, set of new sporting event standards which relate to safety and comfort of all participants has set it back and made it outdated. Also the urban development of Split together with tourist expansion have created the need for revision of urban relation between sports complex and the city. Although located on the edge of the city center, the complex is insulated, obscure and empty, with no content that would attract citizens and activate this space beyond the time of different events.
Insulation also reflects on the deterioration of stadium spaces below the eastern stands, originally designed as commercial space. This project shows how to integrate the complex into the city's core, as well as its further development with the aim of achieving its self-sustainability through multi-functionality while respecting its original design values.


The complex belongs to a wider urban context of the green belt which starts at Park Marjan forest in the south and ends with Park Mladeži in the north. Therefore, the study proposes to introduce complementary public-recreational content in the southern and eastern zone of the complex, which would activate the space beyond the time of different events.

Isolation issue of commercial spaces under the eastern stand is proposed to be solved by removing a part of the embankment under the upper stadium walkway, transforming it into a pedestrian bridge. This way, it would have a minor impact on the concept and visual appearance of the stadium, while at the same time forming a visual and urban contact of existing spaces with the eastern square, thus eliminating the problem of their isolation while creating urban interaction. Within this project, a new glass building is proposed in which the Fan shop is located on the side of the stands, and an open stage on the side of the square.


Design, capacity and condition of the sports infrastructure of Poljud complex does not meet today's modern standards. That is why the project for Football Academy consisting out of an auxiliary stadium facility, canopy for existing stands and construction of two smaller football fields (50x30m) is already in motion. By analyzing wider city context, lack of parking places for viewers and other participants is also explored. This project proposes construction of a new garage with about 500 parking places in the southern part of the complex.


All proposed contents complement sport and recreational character of space. The construction of a multi-functional stage and redesign of a natural greenery into new stands are expected to allow different manifestations to be held in this area. Spaces beneath the eastern stands are also to be revitalized with complementary usage, with HNK Hajduk Museum being a dominant one.


This design generates a self-sustainable multi-functional character of the stadium and the entire complex, which is ready to host different sport, cultural and similar manifestations, revaluing its significance and furthering its use.

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