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    Belgrade, Serbia _ Congress Center Sava

    By mbrdarski
    Jun 15, '10 4:25 PM EST

    Belgrade, Serbia _ Congress Center Sava
    Architects: Stojan Maksimović, Aleksandar Saletić
    Date: 1976-77

    I made my way through New Belgrade’s many neighborhoods to find myself standing amongst taxi drivers , in the corner of the complex, amazed at the emptiness of the giant mega structure. For those of you not familiar with the project, the complex was designed to house and entertain guests coming to the area for various gatherings;meetings, confrences, performances, etc. It is made up of auditoriums and conferece rooms, a hotel and various small commercial shops providing various services for the complex. Anyway, I walked around the complex for a while taking in the various urban gestures. What appeared to be a street belonging to the city quickly became a raised entry platform for one wing of the building. Although the gestures appear very intentional, during my visit they were very inactive, with only one side branching out and stimulating pedestrian traffic from the freeway to the urban street.

    The interior is an intriguing contrast to the exterior pallet of weathered concrete and murky blue-green glass. With very little interior updates in the last 40 years, the interior remains a mixture of orange, blue, green and metallic hues. It’s playful, colorful, almost optimistic - if optimism of the 70s had a color. However, this optimism is dated. It’s a living ghost still waiting to welcome the world.

    Panorama of Sava Centar facing New Belgrade's Housing

    Zoomed-in view of Sava Centar's facade

    Panorama of Sava Centar's "other" entrance

    Panorama of Sava Centar's "other" entrance

    View from interior lobby of Sava Centar

    View of interior lobby of Sava Centar from above

    View of interior conference area of Sava Centar

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This research is driven to uncover and examine the idiosyncrasies of the architecture that grew out of social modernism in Yugoslavia in the 60s and 70s. Through my travels to the Ex-Yugoslav republics, I will investigate the ways in which these characteristics are informed, urbanistically and architecturally, by the historical, social and –above all- built domain of the preceding decades in Yugoslavia.

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