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AD Interviews: Bart Lootsma / Curator of Montenegro Pavilion

04:00 - 18 July, 2016

Ahead of this weekend's symposium “THE DEBATE”—which will take place in Kotor, Montenegro and will present the results of the Project Solana Ulcinj for the national and international audience of the KotorAPSS (Kotor Architectural Prison Summer School)—we present an interview with Bart Lootsma, co-curator of the Montenegro Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

The exhibition "Project Solana Ulcinj," co-curated by Lootsma and Katharina Weinberger and commissioned by Dijana Vucinic and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, features four proposals for the re-use/re-purposing/re-programming of a former industrial site in Montenegro. With an eye on not only sustainability, but also natural and economic viability, four firms proposed different spatial strategies to transform what Lootsma calls an "unreal man-made artificial and abstract landscape." 

KotorAPSS Forum 2016: RE-USE Symposium and THE DEBATE (Project Solana)

03:30 - 13 July, 2016
KotorAPSS Forum 2016: RE-USE Symposium and THE DEBATE (Project Solana)

With its upcoming double symposium KotorAPSS further establishes a small Montenegrin town as an international hot spot for architectural thinking and advances the debate on decaying places of the recent past and their possible futures.

Boka Kotorska Bay cuts the Adriatic Montenegrin coast like a Norwegian Fjord. Once a hideout for pirates and smugglers it also was an important commercial trade hub and naval base.

The region once belonged to the Illyrian Kingdom, the Roman Empire and later to the Byzantine Empire. The Venetians ruled until the late 18th century, followed by the Austrians, and troops of Napoleon. From here Mediterranean cultures spread into the Balkan. Especially since UNESCO declared the natural and culture-historical region Kotor a world heritage site in 1979 the city and the bay have become an increasingly popular daytrip location for cruise ship tourism along the Adriatic coast.

Montenegro Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale to Investigate One of Europe's Largest Post-Industrial Landscapes

09:30 - 5 April, 2016
Montenegro Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale to Investigate One of Europe's Largest Post-Industrial Landscapes, Solana Ulcinj, Montenegro. Image © Bart Lootsma
Solana Ulcinj, Montenegro. Image © Bart Lootsma

This article by Bart Lootsma and Katharina Weinberger sheds light on their plans as curators for the Montenegro Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Near Montenegro's most southern town Ulcinj sits the former saline "Bajo Sekulic," a completely artificial, man-made biotope which has taken on almost global importance as a crucial node in the migratory patterns of birds. As such, the Solana Ulcinj is the front line of all kinds of conflicts: between nature and culture; the local and the global; economy and environmental awareness.

The Project Solana Ulcinj, commissioned by Dijana Vucinic and the Ministry of sustainable development and tourism and curated by Bart Lootsma and Katharina Weinberger, is the Montenegrin contribution to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale di Architettura. The Montenegrin pavilion hosts four projects outlining four different sustainable futures for the Solana Ulcinj, developed specially for the Biennale by four practices: ecoLogicStudio from London, LOLA form Rotterdam and LAAC from Innsbruck, while a fourth project will be decided following a national competition in Montenegro. The project is accompanied by a series of three symposia in Montenegro and in Venice.

Project Abandoned for 27 Years To Be Revitalized in Montenegro

12:00 - 17 March, 2016
Project Abandoned for 27 Years To Be Revitalized in Montenegro, Courtesy of  SADAR+VUGA and HHF architekten
Courtesy of SADAR+VUGA and HHF architekten

SADAR+VUGA, HHF architekten, and local consultant Archicon have received first prize in the competition for the adaptation and reconstruction of the Dom Revolucije (Home of Revolution) in Nikšić, Montenegro.

The existing structure, built by Slovenian architect Marko Mušič, was originally intended to represent the socio-political structure of Nikšić, Montenegro and Yugoslavia as a whole. Construction began on the building in 1978, and after eleven years, work was suspended, leaving the site uncompleted in the middle of the city for 27 years.

The new proposal will transform the Home of Revolution by utilizing the existing built structure—mainly a shell—and inserting minimal interventions to create a new type of urban space.

Nevena Katalina Remembers Yugoslav Memorials Through Posters

08:00 - 15 June, 2015
Nevena Katalina Remembers Yugoslav Memorials Through Posters, © Nevena Katalina
© Nevena Katalina

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 +10

Un Eco House / Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH

01:00 - 14 February, 2015
Un Eco House / Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH, Courtesy of Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH
Courtesy of Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH

Courtesy of Architekt Daniel Fügenschuh ZT GmbH © Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic © Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic © Milos Vujovic - Dusko Miljanic +24

Villa Monja / Enforma Studio

01:00 - 22 January, 2015
Villa Monja / Enforma Studio, © Relja Ivanic
© Relja Ivanic
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ljuta, Montenegro
  • Design Team

    Marh Nikola Novakovic & Arch. Radovan Radoman
  • Contractor

    Enforma doo
  • Area

    340.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Relja Ivanic © Relja Ivanic © Relja Ivanic © Relja Ivanic +21

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

01:00 - 27 November, 2014
Touristic Villa ‘S, M, L’ / studio SYNTHESIS, © Slaven Vulis
© Slaven Vulis
  • Architects

  • 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 +33

Kotor Architecture Prison Summer School 2014

00:00 - 18 June, 2014
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"

01:00 - 21 May, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Montenegro to Present "Treasures in Disguise" , Spomen Dom. Image © Luka Bošković Photography
Spomen Dom. Image © Luka Bošković Photography

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

01:00 - 15 May, 2013
Hotel in Montenegro Competition Entry / Kana Arhitekti, Courtesy of Kana Arhitekti
Courtesy of 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

01:00 - 29 April, 2013
Courtesy of Enforma Studio
Courtesy of Enforma Studio
  • Architects

  • 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 +19

Kotor Architectural Prison Summer School

00:00 - 17 April, 2013
Kotor Architectural Prison Summer School, Courtesy of Kotor APSS
Courtesy of Kotor APSS

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

01:00 - 17 December, 2012
2D or Not 2D / M.I.G. Architekt, © Ana Kostic
© Ana Kostic
  • Architects

  • 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 +24

Neckom Offices and Showroom / re:a.c.t

01:00 - 3 January, 2012
Neckom Offices and Showroom / re:a.c.t
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nikšić, Montenegro
  • Architects

    re:a.c.t (Srdjan Tadic, Grozdana Sisovic, Dejan Milanovic)
  • Client

    Neckom d.o.o., Niksic
  • Area

    2468.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

Neckom Offices and Showroom / re:a.c.t Neckom Offices and Showroom / re:a.c.t Neckom Offices and Showroom / re:a.c.t Neckom Offices and Showroom / re:a.c.t +23

European Chess House Competition Proposal / ACID Group

12:00 - 31 May, 2011
Courtesy of ACID Group
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

12:00 - 16 December, 2010

Courtesy of IVANISIN. KABASHI. ARHITEKTI
Courtesy of IVANISIN. 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.