Underground is the condensed version of a 5-hour series (originally broadcast on Serbian television in the 90′s) which takes place in Yugoslavia, showing the country from the beginning of WWII through the Yugoslav Wars. This theatrical version, directed by Emir Kusturica, considered one of the master filmmakers of our time, utilises symbolic elements that require a strong knowledge of story to fully understand, and ends with a memorable finale, with the characters dancing on a floating island that separates them from the continent. This is an extraordinary film that we invite you to enjoy and comment on.
Marking the “continuance of Belgrade’s signature ‘Modernist’ movement”, which produced a number of iconic buildings throughout the mid-twentieth century, the Serbian capital is proud to unveil Zaha Hadid Architect’s (ZHA) contemporary masterplan for Beko. This all-inclusive, mixed use project embeds itself within the undulating topography of the abandoned Beko textile factory in a style that directly reflects Zaha’s distinct style of Parametricism.
Focused on urban regeneration, the project will join forces with Sou Fujimoto’s proposed ‘Cloud’ on the adjoining Sava waterfront to revitalize Belgrade’s cultural axis.
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Designed by Miloš Milivojević for the Strawberry Energy company, ‘Black Tree’ is a public solar charger which enables visitors to recharge batteries of their mobile phones, tablets and multimedia devices with the energy of Sun. In cooperation with Palilula Municipality and the city of Belgrade, this Strawberry Tree with a completely new design has been set up in Tašmajdan park in Belgrade in November 2012. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Sou Fujimoto Architects have shared with us their first place proposal for the Beton Hala Waterfront Centre in Belgrade, Serbia. Contrasting the medieval fabric of the capital city, Sou Fujimoto’s “floating cloud” intertwines an array of social and transportation programs into an organized tangle of suspended ramps that emerge from the static platform of the Beton Hala. It was lauded by the jury to be a “brave proposal” that holds the “highest emblematic potential among all of Beton Hala entries”.
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Organized by the University of Belgrade and the Center for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP), the ‘Architecture of Deconstruction: The Specter of Jacques Derrida’ is a three-day, international scientific conference which will be held in Belgrade October 25-27. The conference aims to bring attention to the questions of the relation between the disciplines of architecture and philosophy. Distinguished guests include Bernard Tschumi, Catherine Ingraham, Chris Younes, Francesco Vitale, Jeffrey Kipnis, Ljiljana Blagojević, Mark Cousins, Mark Wigley, Peter Eisenman, and more. For more information, please visit here.
As a response to David Chipperfield’s “Common Ground” theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale, the authors of the Serbian Pavilion have created JEDAN:STO / 100 - an installation that brings the archetypical object of a table to its extreme meaning by stretching it to a monumental scale that allows its surface to overcome the rectangular interior of the pavilion. This “minimalistic gesture” breaks down the “common” table into a “plethora of metaphors” that initiates thinking and encourages visitors to observe what is happening around it.
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The main idea for the Raft ’4U’ cafe restaurant was to create a pleasant environment, like staying under the shadow of a tree, but also above water. Designed by Studio Alfirevic, the raft represents an extension of the riverbank. The atrium space is the central motif, with elements of the natural environment such as birch, stone, grass, etc. The spatial organization consists of the main entrance, wardrobe with toilets, café-restaurant with atrium and bar with storage space. More images and architects’ description after the break.
With the challenge to design multi-family housing units in a traditional structure of a single family house, 1X2STUDIO chose to plant houses on the lot to preserve relations and the character of the chopped structure of Lazarevac. The whole intention is for an exclusive integration and neighborhood relations, necessary for residents of Lazarevac, in a natural milieu as is present. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Ljubica Jovanovic + MihailoJovanovic
Location: Uzice, Serbia
Project manager/chief archaeologist: Ljiljana Mandic
Conservation: Dragan Dimic
Project associates: Miloje Mandic, Zoran Domanovic
Funded by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia
Total cost: 30,000 Euros
Area: 81.4 sqm
Comletion: December 2011
Potographs: Courtesy of Ljubica Jovanovic + Mihailo Jovanovic
Architects Đordje Alfirević and Ana Čarapić shared with us their proposal for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina. As a response to the site conditions, their design is positioned in the center of a park with a uniformed impact on the surroundings from every direction. The circular form establishes a gentle dialog with the environment by means of creating an illusion of neutral form that continuously pulls back, yet on the other hand its compact and abstract volume makes a distinctive and strong landmark. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The complexity of a problem that stands before competitors reflects a contrast that exists between rural surroundings and program demands that refer to a high built-up density in an otherwise non-urbanized (built-up) area of the prairie. This project, by MITarh Architecture Studio represents a model for an anticipated urban development of the area in which the competition task has been set. An initial motive for designing was the distinctive texture of the surrounding fields. Their aim is to establish a rational and useful urban matrix adaptable to the existing area using the dimensions and geometry of the new structure, while establishing continuity of the surrounding area. More images and architects’ description after the break.
MITarh Architecture Studio shared with us their proposal in the Competition for a preliminary architectural and urban design for a housing complex in New Belgrade, Serbia. Before the process of defining the architectural concept and some usual analysis of urban parameters, their team debated about a given specific environment. Awareness of character of ’certain place’, as a fine sample of New Belgrade – intact, as it looked in 1948, made enthusiasm and opportunity to find their own interpretation of a model ’housing complex’. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Location: Corner of Uspenska and Jevrejska Street, Novi Sad, Serbia
Project Team: Branislav Mitrović, architect; Jelena Kuzmanović, architect; Nemanja Zimonjić, architect; Igor Pantić, architect; Ognjen Krašna, architect
Main Project: Siniša Tatalović, architect
Client: IM “Matijević”, Novi Sad
Project Area: 4364 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Rade Kovač and MITarh
Architects: Studio AUTORI
Location: Svetog Save 25, Mokrin, Kikinda, Serbia
Project Team: Dijana Novaković, Dipl.Ing.Arch.; Maja Trbović, Dipl.Ing.Arch.; Aleksandra Nikitin, Dipl.Ing.Arch.; Dušan Nenadović, M.Arch.
Collaborators: Ljiljana Rodić – Bodrožić
Structural: Mega Plus
Project Area: 250 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Vladimir Sretenović
Office Building B23 is located in the central zone of Novi Beograd. With total area of approximately 57,000 sqm the structure consists of four towers, connected across multi–level atrium spaces with nine panoramic elevators. Modern aesthetics and engineering superiority of business center B23 Office Park become new inspiration to architects and users, placing the new standards related to visual aspects and functionality of the office spaces in Belgrade, as well as in whole South East Europe.