Ilica Skyscraper: Iconic Landmark of Zagreb’s Cityscape

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At the beginning of Ilica Street, 5.66 kilometers long, at number 1, stands the Ilica skyscraper, which significantly contributes to the panorama of Zagreb’s main square. It has been historically noted as the first business skyscraper in Croatia. Construction began in 1957, and the main architects responsible for this project were Slobodan Jovičić, Josip Hitil, and Ivan Žuljević, while the investors were the well-known companies Končar and Ferimport. The grand opening took place on August 22nd, 1959, and was opened by the mayor of Zagreb, Većeslav Holjevac. Not only the Ilica skyscraper was the first business skyscraper in Croatia, it was also the tallest business skyscraper in Yugoslavia. It is 70 meters tall with 17 floors, the last floor was used as an observation deck, but unfortunately it is closed right now. In 2007, its facade was renovated by installing dark glass panels.

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