Programme: Tourism Development Masterplan
Client: Government of the City of Split - Split's Society of Architects (DAS)
Team: Laurent Troost, João Rocha de Souza
Location: Split - Croatia
Scale: Masterplan Area: 49 Ha - Built Area: 295.000 m²
Status: Competition 2009 - Purchase Prize

Croatia is slowly getting world-famous for its crystal clear waters, pristine Blue Flag beaches, and its thousands of virgin islands: Hvar, Kornati, Zakan… Moreover, Croatia is also getting known for its city centers built on ‘geometric’ islands and peninsulas: Nin, Korcula, Poreç, Primosten, Rovinj, Tribunj, Trogir, Zadar… Therefore, rather than building a typical tourist resort (as a second city center for Split) ‘behind’ one of the major tourism harbour of the Dalmatia, DUILOVO OTOK proposes to create an inhabited island (for tourism development) in front of the harbour. Split’s new center will be a sustainable icon of tourism and nature related to Split’s surroundings.

DUILOVO OTOK provides all facilities for tourism as a single whole: sea-view for all rooms, beach in front of the hotels, shopping on the 3 lower interior levels, restaurants and bars all along the promenade around the island, cultural facilities on the top floor, huge parking serving the whole complex on the middle interior floors, and a sports marina + a harbour for cruises in the Dalmatian islands at the back of the hotels. Moreover, the whole skin of the complex is conceived as a green recreational zone

DUILOVO OTOK’s mixed used programme is situated at the end of the main axis coming from the highway. On the south side, the island will be the home of up to 1500 large 5-stars hotel double rooms. 100% of them have sea-view. The compact shape and the perfect orientation of the island generate unlimited possibilities for state-of-the-art energy and water concepts.