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Nevena Katalina Remembers Yugoslav Memorials Through Posters

The act of remembering looms large in national cultures. Shared national memories act as a foundation for national identity, a unifying collective interpretation of history that can define what it means to belong in a certain place. Monuments loom even larger - define a national memory in concrete and stone, and you can help define your vision of the nation. That's why Nevena Katalina, a graphic design masters student at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, has taken the famous abstract war memorials in the former Yugoslavia and translated them into posters, attempting to reconcile the imposing concrete forms with the impact they've had on culture and memory in countries around the former Yugoslavia.

Jasenovac Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina Kosmaj Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina Ilirska Bistrica Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina Ulcinj Monument. Image © Nevena Katalina

Un Eco House / Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH

  • Architects: Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH
  • Location: Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Architect in Charge: Daniel Fügenschuh
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH, Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic

Courtesy of Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH © Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic © Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic © Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic

Touristic Villa ‘S, M, L’ / studio SYNTHESIS

  • Architects: studio SYNTHESIS
  • Location: Tivat, Montenegro
  • Architect in Charge: Sonja Radovic- Jelovac
  • Co Architects : Nikodin Zizic, Marija Jakic
  • Project Team : Ivana Stamatovic, Lela Redzepagic, Bojan Stankovic, Milic Djerkovic
  • Area: 1345.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Slaven Vulis

© Slaven Vulis © Slaven Vulis © Slaven Vulis © Slaven Vulis

Kotor Architecture Prison Summer School 2014

Hotel Fjord is the most visible big structure that was conceived and built during the Yugoslav period in Kotor and which is now waiting for more intense use again. Next to it there is at least four major sites and structures in a wide range of different material conditions, but all in a state of minimal use, which can be described as a programmatic void in the center of Kotor.

Venice Biennale 2014: Montenegro to Present "Treasures in Disguise"

This year at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Montenegro Pavilion will present four neglected, late-modernist buildings that were originally constructed as a testament to a radiant new society. An effort to spark discourse about urban regeneration in Montenegro and the future of the former Yugoslavia’s architecture, the exhibition seeks to illuminate the uncanny beauty of each structure as they are regarded to be Treasures in Disguise.

More from the curators and a preview of the highlighted buildings, after the break...

Hotel in Montenegro Competition Entry / Kana Arhitekti

The main goal of the Hotel in Montenegro proposal was not to create a resort type of hotel, but rather a new town square, a vibrant part of this sleepy city. This approach by Kana Arhitekti significantly upgraded the quality of urbanism both on a micro and macro scale to create a city center this small town needs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Vila Stoliv / Enforma Studio

Courtesy of Enforma Studio
Courtesy of Enforma Studio
  • Architects: Enforma Studio
  • Location: Stoliv, Montenegro
  • Author: Marh Nikola Novaković
  • Associate: Marijela Pajić
  • Area: 424.5 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Enforma Studio

Courtesy of Enforma Studio Courtesy of Enforma Studio Courtesy of Enforma Studio Courtesy of Enforma Studio

Kotor Architectural Prison Summer School

Established by DVARP, as part of Kotor ART festival, Kotor Architectural Prison Summer School will take place this year in an Old Austrian Prison in Kotor, Montenegro from July 4-14. Set to host great mentors and lecturers, there are two main parts of Kotor APSS: the summer school workshop with final work exhibition and student presentation, and the final conference ”APSS talk” and Panel discussion based on the workshop Topic and Conclusions, which is open to the wider public. More information and images of last year's event after the break.

2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt

  • Architects: M.I.G. Architekt
  • Location: Budva, Montenegro
  • Architect: Goran Ivo Marinovic
  • Structure Engineer: Veljko Kostic
  • Site Area: 741.0 sqm
  • Ground Area: 112.0 sqm
  • Area: 344.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ana Kostic

© Ana Kostic © Ana Kostic © Ana Kostic © Ana Kostic

European Chess House Competition Proposal / ACID Group

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Courtesy of ACID Group

The Agency for development of Municipality of Herceg Novi in association with the European Chess Union have launched a single stage international competition for the European Chess House in Herceg Novi. ACID Group shared with us their proposal in order to find the best solution for the mixed use development. The program consisted of facilities devoted to promotion and development of chess including a library, museum and tournament halls, and of hotel facilities which include 50 guest rooms, a restaurant and lobby. The site is located on the corner between two streets, on steeply sloping terrain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Magnifiers of Natural and Technological Elements Competition Winner / IVANIŠIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI


IVANISIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI won the open international competition for their design intervention at the River Piva in Mratinje, Montenegro in 2009. The design strategy was to illuminate the natural and engineered elements of the site, located at the Piva-Mratinje Hydro-Power Plant, built in 1975 at the narrowest point of the river. As a whole, the intervention is located on the sunny end of the damn in front of the concrete reinforcement of the cliff.

Conceived in five phases, the architecture is designed in such a way that it can become occupiable at any stage of completion. The project consists of five elements: Tower-Down, Plateau, Tower-Up, Bridge, and Floating Platform. These magnifiers of natural and technological elements seek to address the humility of architecture in this sublime junction of the natural and man-made.

Read on for more on this project after the break.