Since there is currently no financial ‘partner’ for a necessary public-private partnership to develop the ‘Badel Block’ in its entirety, this proposal suggests releasing the project from the pressure of finding the ‘one’ partner immediately, but instead focusing on a longer process that can be guided through several phases.
Therefore, we propose to start developing the Badel Block with a rather small investment in the construction of a 5.000 m2 large public square between the Yeast Building and the Gorica Factory that we call the “Badel Square”. In order to construct this new Badel Square only a few of the existing unprotected buildings of the Badel Block have to be removed. We believe that such an initial small investment into a square will increase the value of the block in terms of space, but also money and will attract investors, eventually leading to a complete rehabilitation of the Badel Block. When the main idea of the competition was to initiate a process of rehabilitation, the construction of a public square as a first phase provides an important departure point. In such a first phase the existing protected monuments on the site, such as the Yeast Building and the Gorica Factory, don’t even need to be restored, but only improved in terms of safety, while the facade of Gorica Factory can be used as a gate, providing access to the Badel Square right from the beginning. But a serious restoration and reuse of the existing architectural monuments will not happen before Phase 2. From the very first moment the Badel Square will provide a public space for the city offering a range of activities such as markets, concerts or other events. Once new private investors are found, the Badel Block can be developed further through seven phases around the Badel Square into a dense city block with mixed functions.