One day we went on a tour of the skyscrapers of Zagreb. While some of them are modern and new, others have been part of a group of famous Zagreb skyscrapers for years and they make the Zagreb panorama recognizable.
Zagrebtower in Radnicka street
Our tour started at the crossroads of Radnicka street and Vukovar Avenue. It is a skyscraper whose construction started in January 2005, and ended in 2006. The Zagrebtower features 22 floors at an altitude of 81 meters, providing the fifth place on our list of eight skyscrapers.
VMD neighborhood in Strojarska Street
After Zagrebtower, we head west to Vukovar Avenue and arrive to Strojarska street where the impressive building of the Strojarska Business Center (VMD neighborhood) is shown. The skyscraper is the youngest on our list (the opening was held in 2014/2015) and the style of construction belongs to postmodern architecture. Since this text is devoted to skyscrapers, we will only say that the dominant building, known as Building B, is 96.15 meters tall and wins the first place in this article by only 15 centimeters. In its 96.15 meters it has 25 floors. Also, this is the highest skyscraper on our list!
Eurotower in Ivan Lucic Street
Heading west on Vukovar Avenue, and down to Ivan Lucic Street, we came to the place where the high Eurotower prevails, which is only 15 centimeters lower than the before mentioned Building B located within the VMD neighborhood on Strojarska Street. The official height of Eurotower is 96 meters (23 floors), making this skyscraper the second on our list.
Cibona tower on Drazen Petrovic Square
After Vukovar Avenue, we head to Savska street and to the north to come to one of the most famous Zagreb skyscrapers, and the sights in general. The construction of Cibona tower started in April 1986, and was completed in 1987, for the occasion of the upcoming Universiade. The tower is owned by “Sports Business Complex of Cibona Zagreb”. The skyscraper is a 25 meter diameter cylinder that reduces its diameter in four steps to the top and the antenna at a height of 105 meters. Given the fact that this time we decided to exclude antennas from our list, Cibona tower reaches “only” 92 meters and climbs to our fourth place in our list. If we took the antenna into account, this skyscraper would be in the second place, just behind the Zagrepcanka.
HOTO business tower in Savska
We return to Savska to the south, and we come across another skyscraper on our list. The HOTO business tower has been empty for quite some time and it looks for new residents. This is the first skyscraper built since the independence of Croatia, in 2004. It had been planned that the skyscraper would have 22 floors and reach a height of 90 meters, but due to the lack of parking space, architects had to agree on 17 floors at 64.5 meters height. With its height, the HOTO tower stands at the last, eighth place on our list (we can say eight, given that one place is shared).
Zagrepcanka in Savska Street
As we continue south on Savska Street, we come to another one of Zagreb’s symbols – Zagrepcanka. Built in 1976, based on the Thyssenhaus skyscraper in Dusseldorf, Zagrepcanka was the tallest skyscraper throughout Croatia, up until 2006, when the Eurotower in Ivan Lucic Street surpassed it. With its 94.6 meters, it is placed in the third position of our list, and taking into consideration the height of the antenna, we come to a figure of 110 meters which would make this tower convincingly the tallest skyscraper in Zagreb.
Vjesnik’s skyscraper on Slavonska Avenue
We come to the last three skyscrapers of our list, and the first is Vjesnik skyscraper built in 1972. The look was inspired by the skyscraper Lever House, located in New York, and although it was named after a newspaper company, it has a less known nickname the Chocolate Tower. In Vjesnik’s skyscraper there are 16 floors, and the height is 67 meters, which means that it belongs to the seventh place on our list.
Sky Office Tower on Zagreb Avenue
The construction of the second to last skyscraper in our list started in 2007 and was completed five years later – in 2012. This is another tower on our list whose project had to be altered. Namely, the original idea was to build a 108-meter-tall skyscraper with 29 floors, but due to the unfavorable economic situation, a double tower of 22 floors (interconnected between floors 2 and 15) was built at a height of 81 meters. With that height, it is placed on the fifth place of our list, together with Zagrebtower.
Ilica skyscraper in the very city centre
For the end of this story, we headed to the very centre of the city to photograph a 70-meter tall Ilica skyscraper. The skyscraper was built in 1958 and it was the first building in the former Yugoslavia that had an aluminum facade. The opening was held on August 22, 1959, and was opened by then mayor Veceslav Holjevac.