BINA WALK: WESTERN CITY GATE IN BELGRADE
Guided by: Goran Anđelković, Do.co.mo.mo Serbia
→ plateau in front of the The Western City Gate, direction Narodnih heroja Street (next to the small amphitheater)
This twin tower, known as the Western City Gate, designed by architect Mihajlo Mitrović (1922), was constructed under the particular terms and conditions of an experimental phase: building flats for the market. It was an extremely unusual blend of residential and commercial functions in the typology of residential architecture in Belgrade from the second half of the XX century.
Under such circumstances, as far as design and construction are concerned, with a form of collaboration between the architect, the investors and future tenants (something that was somewhat uncommon in the post-war housing) rather higher requirements were set in terms of standards vis-à-vis the existing ones back then in Belgrade, such as: larger surface area and structure of flats, the use of high quality materials and equipment and so on. One should not forget plenty of significant technical and technological factors, were included, especially in relation to the maintenance of such a tall building with high-speed elevators, special technical devices and equipment. There is also a rotating restaurant in the rotunda; a rather remarkable novelty equipped with the latest world technology of that time in our country, which also represents a forerunner of intelligent buildings on the territory of former Yugoslavia.
Goran V. Anđelković graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade (2011). After having worked for U.M.A Architekten (2011-12), he finished, his PhD studies at the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana (2012) as a recipient of the Fund for Young Talents of the Republic of Serbia - Dositeja and Innovative scheme of co-financing EU doctoral studies in the Republic of Slovenia. He focuses on theoretical and scientific research in the field of housing and modern architecture in the second half of the XX century and on freelance architectural design. He lives and works between Belgrade and Ljubljana.