Ante Vrban’s buildings are wonders in glass and light – his design for the Kosovo Twin Towers are a perfect example of his modernist leanings – yet he always designs with the environment in mind, both in terms of a building’s surroundings and its inner workings. The young but extremely prolific architect has developed over 140 commercial and residential projects worldwide for high profile clients including the Al Tajir family in Dubai, with developed projects in London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Munchen, etc. His work has been published in W New York Magazine, UK’s WWD, Vogue France and several international Elle Décor magazines.
Born in Zagreb in 1980 to a factory-owner father and airline executive mother, Vrban started his first business at the young age of 19, while still a student. The company, called ARHITEKTONIKA, focused on interior architecture and interior design. Nobody who knew him well was surprised. Evan as a child in Zagreb, Vrban was obsessed with interiors, offering unsolicited advice to his parents friends and acquaintances, many of whom implemented his ideas to great success. It was just the beginning.
Within a year of earning his masters degree from the University of Zagreb, Vrban with partner Mira Plese, a Civil Engineer, founded Onix Group. The firm is based in Zagreb with mobile offices wherever Vrban travels.
Mira Plese has many years of experience in the field of Architecture. She has been working in the industry for many years as both an educator and a business woman. With her vas experience in the field many of her students and clients had benefitted in one way or another. Mira Plese is very generous with her time and likes to help the new generation of Architects gain knowledge regarding the industry. She has very high standards and values in her academic and professional life.
Mira Plese was born in Gupceva Zvijezda, Zagreb, Croatia, in 1960. After graduating from the University of Construction in Zagreb, she worked as an authorized statics engineer and construction designer. Mira Plese got involved in designing, consulting, supervision and academic side of the business while working in the industry. She has been the chief orchestrator of several commercial and residential projects. But she is very proud of her contribution to building some of the finest schools, kindergartens, hospitals, sports halls, hotels and marinas. She worked as an assistant at the University of Architecture in Zagreb, in the department of Constructions, where she was the doctor of scientific studies in Architecture and urban development.
The Onix group Ltd., has grown from a small company into what it is today because of the alliance between two great forces in the Croatian architectural industry; Ante Vrban and Mira Plese; the president and administrator of the Onix group. She has invested a great deal of time in managing the Onix group and staying current with the newest construction techniques and technology. Moreover; she has made it a rule to always implement the new rules and regulations. Mira Plese is a step above the rest structural engineers as she always explores new techniques in construction, and opens new possibilities when Ante Vrban designs.