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Conceptual design plans, Source: City of Dubrovnik / Proto-arch

Dubrovnik’s Old Town to get a modern sanitary facility

Dubrovnik’s Old Town to get a modern sanitary facility

It will offer educational information, have automated storage lockers, and be accessible 24/7

On 14 January, the City of Dubrovnik reported that the Old Town will soon have a modern sanitary facility. Designers Lea Đurović Ruso and Petra Matić from the architectural office Proto-arch presented the conceptual design of the contemporary space to the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković on Friday.

The facility will be located on the ground floor of a building at the intersection between Polača and Marojica Kaboga streets. It will be available for use at any time of the day or night and be accessible for people of all abilities.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town: A UNESCO World Heritage site

Acknowledging the significance of the UNESCO-protected location, Proto-arch used Dubrovnik’s Old Town as inspiration for the facility’s design. Subsequently, the design plans have been influenced by the old gates and imposing entrances of the Dubrovnik palaces as well as the Renaissance aqueducts.

The sanitary facility will further complement its location by including educational content on its walls. There, visitors will be able to learn about the historical importance of Dubrovnik’s water supply and medieval sewer system (which was one of the first in Europe).

To use the space, visitors will have to pay an entrance fee at motorised barriers. As movement in the facility will be one way only, the exits will lead directly onto the city’s streets. In this way, the designers seek to prevent congestion and control the number of users.

Through a separate entrance, one will also find automated storage lockers where they can store their luggage. The lockers will be available in different sizes and for various periods of time to suit all users.

According to a press release by the city, work on the project will begin at the end of this year and should finish by the summer of 2023. To view the conceptual design plans for the modern sanitary facility, see the gallery above.

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