Marina Miljak

University of Split

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy


by Marina Miljak 

Komiza is a city situated on the southern side of the Vis island, 65km from the Croatian coast. The island was historically ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, French, English and Croatians, but its inhabitants' life was always closely linked to the sea through fishing. In 1870, the first fish-processing factory in Dalmatia opend in Komiza which later became the center of the Croatian fish industry. During the 20th century, the fish processing factory, Neptune, was the breadbasket of Komiža families. After it went bankrupt in 2003, its industrial hall from 1870 remained protected. The hall itself is out of the scale and the structure of the city. To this I'm bringing loose the city structure of Komiza, with lesser volumes in relation to each other. As revitalization tools I am using fish, vine and carob processing spaces, areas for education and the presentation of cultural and traditional values, a hostel for tourists, and the spaces between -yards, cellars, terraces. Traditional values associate technology, tourism and pleasure. The process of creating local products is part of the economy, as well as part of tourism. In the cellars and the backyards, tourists meet the locals who work here again. Parter hall becomes an open city space. These are the sites of contact between markets and production, for tasting the local products and moreover for merging cultures and customs. By revitalizing a dying tradition, I'm revitalizing an old, protected object, which becomes a brand and an identification element of the city itself.


Marina Miljak  was born in 1986, in Split, Croatia. After finishing the 1st Language Gymnasium in 2005 she studied architecture at the University of Split, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy. She has exhibited various projects at the annual student exhibitions held at the University of Split. Moreover, she attended the Summer School of Architecture under the guidance of Academician Professor Dinko Kovacic. She ranked in the top three graduating students in 2011. For the last 2 years she has been working at an architectural office in Seget, Croatia.