Marija Stojkovic
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade, Serbia

Project idea

The goal is freedom. In reality, in architecture and in this project the freedom is in free space that the city could have if we’d took the administration buildings out of it. The rigid raster proves that freedom has nothing to do with form and all to do with meaning. The project resulted in redefining concepts such as downtown and periphery. In search of what a new paper of value could be, it turned out that it is a space in which freedom can be practiced. The question stays: Is it worth it?

Project description

Raster in periphery of Belgrade is a superstructure that gives free space in city centre. In addition to making life easier for the citizens of Belgrade, (all administration buildings are relocated here) it also gives them space to express their freedom, which is why the brim is designed as a continuous city square. The intention is to go beyond the current settings. The result of the work is not conceived in the form of giving a solution to the question, but in the form of giving a critical answer from the position of architecture, from the point of view of the architect.

Technical information

The raster is a free-standing structure of steel construction with glass panels on the facade. The inner part of the terrain is undermined so that the edge that has a public function is emphasized and raised. The forest in the southern part has been preserved in its entirety as a natural value. Interior is organized modularly in accordance with the function. Vertical communications are located at the intersections of the raster arms. Clean and recognizable manner in which the space is organized should indicate its function.