Text description provided by the architects. The building is located in the elite and very quiet part of Belgrade (Dedinje), known as the most beautiful and greenest part of town with both recently built and pre-war villas. Smetanina Street is a residential and commercial building that contains 14 flats, one small apartment and an office. All apartments and the office space on the ground floor have access to a large garden space.
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Smetanina Street is surrounded by a garden and consists of three distinct spaces. In the central volume there is an entrance hall with a reception and all vertical communications. On the ground floor of this volume there is an architecture studio occupying 134 sqm and a small apartment of 46 sqm. There ara two identical apartments on the first and second floor occupying 265 sqm each. The other two spaces are identical and connected with the central volume, each having six apartments of 150 sqm. The car parking area is in the basement, as well as storage area and a fitness room. There is a direct access to a large, shared, garden.
The building is designed so as to connect the interior with outer space and this is why all openings on the apartments stretch from floor to ceiling. In most living rooms there are sliding windows and when they are wide open they allow a connection with the greenery. Public communications (stairways and corridors) have glass walls that provide a beautiful view of the inner courtyard.
All the windows without terraces are equipped with aluminum shutters (wood pattern) and the terraces are linked in places vertically with screens of the same material. They bring the rhythm, dynamics and plasticity of the façade and provide for the privacy, "warmness" and “softness” of the building. This is why the building is well-fitted with the surrounding despite its large size.
Special attention is paid to horticultural landscaping, new plants and trees have been planted as well as carpetgrass, the artificial irrigation system has been installed and low vegetation placed in the jardineres. Lighting balls in different sizes have been “scattered” all over the free areas of the yard and are automatically lit up by sensors as soon as the night falls.