About the project:
The reconstruction of the Brick House and its transformation into the Children’s House, makes an integral part of the project Revitalisation of the Benčić – Brick and T-building Complex, in favour of which, following an invitation to tender issued by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds the amount of HRK 68,206,564 was approved as a grant under the European Regional Development Fund, while the total value of the complete project amounts to HRK 162,123,324.61.
The brick building was built in the late 19th century as part of what was then the Royal Hungarian Tobacco Factory on the site of two older buildings. According to the complex presentation dating back to 1875, there were two smaller buildings on the site of today’s Brick Building, one of which was a mill near the Brajda creek. It was originally connected by bridges to the H building on the southern side and the presently demolished building on the northeast side. After World War II, the brick building became part of the newly established marine machinery factory “Rikard Benčić”. After the failure of the factory, the building was abandoned in the 1990s. Its architectural and historical value lies in the fact that it represents the industrial architecture of the late 19th century and the typology of warehouse buildings of that time.
The first Children’s House comes to life in Rijeka
The Children’s House in Rijeka is the first such house in Croatia, and the nearest house of similar purpose is in Ljubljana (Hiša otrok in umetnosti).
The specific of the Children’s House lies in the method of work with children and parents who will spend there their time in the areas of work and topics that children will be able to deal with there.
Animation films production in a film studio, video reportages production, music creation in a music studio, playing video games on the big screen of the projection hall, video games production, design production and its printing via 3D printers, a narrative theatre in a small amphitheatre on the house roof, a “sweet “interactive baby theatre, puppet making, a “sensory” theatre for children with special emphasis on work with children with developmental disabilities, specially adapted film projections for children with developmental disabilities, daily film projections for children, a playroom in the library … are only some of the planned activities that the Children’s House in Rijeka will gather and offer to children and their parents, once it has been constructed and completed.
The contents of the Children’s House will be dedicated to children aged from 0 to 12, and its opening hours will be – all day long.
European funds for reconstruction
The reconstruction of the Children’s House is being implemented within the Operational Programme “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020“. The source of financing is the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020 (EU grant) and the own contribution of the City of Rijeka and project partners. In accordance with the agreement signed on 16 July 2018 with the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds, a European grant worth HRK 68.21 million was assigned to the project relating to the reconstruction of the Children’s House and the Civic Library.