BINA OPEN HOUSE: THE PARISIAN LADY ACROSS KALEMEGDAN: A BUILDING FOR PAINTERS IN PARISKA STREET 14
There is a sixty-year-old lady standing resolutely on a slope above the river Sava, near Knez Mihailova Street and Kalemegdan Park, within a significant block of buildings in the historic heart of Belgrade. These buildings have been keeping the secrets of its tenants - our famous painters from the second half of the twentieth century - behind their brick canvases, French windows and vertical white stripes on the irregular window frames. The building was designed by architect Miroslav Mirko Jovanović (1924-2003) and built as the last building within the existing block in the manner of modern architecture on a vacant lot. This old lady is a perfect example of the interpolated block structures at the kerbstone edge.
By linking disparate and unrelated functions of housing and painters’ studios, something that is exceptionally peculiar in Belgrade residential architecture from the second half of the twentieth century, whilst resolving the vertical and horizontal plans thanks to the use of a half storey height in the painters' studios, the architect created playful levels with extremely atypical solutions for the interior organization of housing units. These levels were re-created consistently in a dualistic visual expression with a manifestly heightened colouration and with tactility of the facade front, belonging thus to an extremely rational and geometrically pure type of architecture in the De Stijl-like manner.
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.