I have worked on this project during the third year of my studies.
The project is a business-trade centre, located on a square in Belgrade called St. Sava plateau, and as it is presented here it highly exceeded the requirements of our “school task” (It's next to huge Temple of St. Sava that has one of the biggest domes constructed in Europe with the diameter of 42 meters).
The building is designed with two underground levels that are spacious public garages hosting a terminal-tourist bus stop.
The building has seven other floors containing a variety of contents including: a numerous shops (~50), a department store stretching through all the floors of two smaller wings, with it’s own storage and reception space; caffeis, a post office, bank, cinema, business-offices, a kinder garden for the children of the employees, etc.
Ground floor and first three floors are specified mainly as trade areas, and other upper floors are mainly designed as commercial spaces for business.
On a large roof terrace on top of the building I have designed a restaurant.
The building is constructed from reinforced concrete and what is very important - from a construction and cost point of view, the supporting system is very simple: all spans are the same - 12 meters in both directions, except in the basements where they are doubled to 24 meters, and where the diameter of the columns are also doubled.
Four wings of the building are connected with small bridges, so that all lower - mostly trade sections can be easily reachable and customers can easily walk around the building without unnecessary waste of time. These bridges are at the same time a very interesting architectural feature that has a beautiful viewpoint.
A Western Plateau
Through the combination of different materials, mostly concrete, glass and metal, I achieved very attractive look for the building and avoided the repetitive and boring lines of a wall that is up to 170 meters in length.
I am quite proud of its urban design - the inner streets cross making the form of the non - symmetric cross alluding on its position next to the St. Sava Temple. This can be best seen from the air. The other link with its location is its notched cylinder shape placed at the end of one wing connecting the building with the temple’s dome.
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