Client: Ston Municipality
Mara Marić, PhD, landscape architect
Lea Đurović Ruso, M.Arch.
Area: 4521 m2
Year: 2014, in architecture office Studio Lacroma
Park Komarda is located in the south-western part of the town of Ston and is the largest public area within the protected historical complex which is completely neglected; with no system of communication, urban equipment or other programmes typical for the public area of the town. The space was created parallel to the construction of the system of the City Walls of Ston.
Park Komarda is planned as an educational park since it is located within the protected historical centre of the town of Ston, which has a rich and complex heritage. A walk through the park will allow the visitor to go back more than one century in the past and witness a specific aspect of the history of the Republic of Ragusa – the story of planimetrics, on the origin of the town and on the measurement and monetary system of the Republic of Ragusa.
The concept of the design of the park arises from the two authentic motifs of the area of Ston: historical orthogonal planimetrics (Roman limitation of the Field of Ston, Ston salt pans, regular block structure of the town of Ston) and the length unit used for the communication network in the town of Ston during the Republic (Dubrovnik passus – 2.04 m).
The unit 1x1 passus, i.e. the square used to shape the park area, is the basic shaping module of the park. At the perceptive level, the repetition of squares imitates the complex historical context of the space.
The story of the measurement and monetary system of the Republic of Ragusa will be presented in the park in the following manner:
- A model of Ston and Mali Ston will be made for all the visitors who are not able to climb the Walls of Ston, where guides will present the construction of the complex of Ston
- An interactive panel will show the Dubrovnik measurement system used in the Republic, as well as the basic principles of the construction of the town, all in the International System of Units (SI) and Anglo-Saxon system of units
- An interactive panel will show liquid measures (especially for wine as the dominant product in the Republic)
- An interactive panel will show Dubrovnik money (ducats, perperi, groši, folari) and the value of animals sold in the area of park Komarda