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Wednesday23 July 2014

Lace inspires interior for Croatian island fortress

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Brighton practice Quixotic Architecture has won planning permission to renovate a medieval tower on a Croatian island.

Quixotic Architecture’s scheme for the stone Kula Skrivanat tower, one of nine that once defended the 15th century walled city of Pag, is inspired by the island’s twin industries of salt production and lace-making.

A spiral staircase inserted inside the 14m-high square tower and leading to a viewing platform will be wrapped in a laser-cut “lace” balustrade.

Meanwhile a pyramid-shaped roof will fill the tower with a rainbow of refracted light. From afar the top of the tower will glow white, in a reference to Pag’s thousand-year history of salt production.

Director Wojciech Dziubek said: “The delicate, almost web-like proximity to the sharp and ruthless stone walls is deliberately chosen to contrast the beauty of the lace with a medieval war artefact.

“Where the lace is locked inside the tower like a hidden treasure the new roof profoundly displays the history of salt production.”
The project has applied for European Union funding.

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