BINA OPEN HOUSE: RADIO BELGRADE
Guided by: Snežana Ristić
→ In front of the main entrance, Hilandarska Street 2
Radio Belgrade has been situated in the building at the corner of Svetogorska Street and Hilandarska Street since 1947. This building was also known as the Artisans’ Club, at least until the Second World War. Today it is a cultural monument.
The design of the Artisans’ Club was done by young architect Bogdan Nestorović (1901-1975), who won the first prize at an open competition in 1931. The construction of this six-storey modernist building was completed in a relatively short period, on 1st May 1933.
The building has two wings: one in Svetogorska Street, another in Hilandarska Street. Nestorović connected them with a two-storey tower, which consists of windows and colonnades on the ground and top floors, lightening thus the sharp accented horizontals of the wings.
The corner part of the tower resembles a lighthouse or the bow of a ship, which was a common practice in the architecture of modernist style at that time.
The "Avala" cinema was also once situated in the building, and its entrance was from Hilandarska Street. The box office can still be seen next to the entrance. It was a multi-purpose building. It functioned as office space, but there was a restaurant, a hotel and rooms for singles as well.
Snežana Ristić has graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. She is an architecture critic, publicist and also engaged in photography. She publishes her articles in national and international magazines (Politika, Kvart, DaNs, Oris...). Snežana Ristić is co-author, with R. Leposavić, of radio-program "The City" (Radio Belgrade 2), and she is awarded at various festivals (Prix Italia, Prix Europa, Prix Marulić, UK Radio Drama Festival). She is an editor for culture section at Radio Belgrade 2.