Curator: Anđela Karabašević
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 19.00 Art Gallery,
Cultural Center of Belgrade, Knez Mihailova 6
During the last year, the Union of Architects of Serbia and the Association of Belgrade Architects have organized 7 public open architectural competitions for the design of public buildings in central Belgrade locations. The response of architects was impressive, since a total of over 140 national and international competition entries were submitted. Belgrade International Architecture Week (BINA) will present all 7 competitions in one place. A total of 20 award-winning works (7 first prizes, 7 second prizes and 6 third prizes) will be shown, with 10 runner-ups and 2 compensations. The aim is to initiate a public debate between architects, investors, local community, and the general public about possible directions for future development of our capital.
The competitions’ themes cover a wide range of locations and architectural typologies, so when presented side by side, diverse views on living and public space of the city are confronted. There are plans to extend important cultural institutions – the National Library of Serbia and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade – one location is in the vibrant city centre, and the other in the green expanse of the Park of Friendship in New Belgrade. Also, two faculties have been designed – the Faculty of Applied Arts in the historic city centre on the slope of Kosančićev venac, and the Faculty of Music in the former industrial zone along Danube, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. In addition, it is planned to revive the hundred-year-old monument of industrial heritage, the Belgrade Railway steam locomotives Turntable, next to Mostar traffic loop and Belgrade Waterfront. Conceptual designs of the first 16 metro stations of the Belgrade metro Line 1 have also been selected, and one of the few public competitions for a private investor has been officially organized, for the design of a residential-business complex in the city centre, located at Slavija Square.