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“Santiago Calatrava, one of the most famous contemporary architects, has arrived in Belgrade after being invited by the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Zubin Mehta.

This Spanish architect, acknowledged and famous as both engineer and sculptor, is part of the elite of modern architecture whose works decorate cities on three continents.

Calatrava’s early career was dedicated largely to bridges and train stations, whose designs elevated the status of civil engineering projects to new heights. His Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, Spain (1991) in the heart of the 1992 Olympic site, as well as the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, Canada (1992), were important works and turning points in his career, leading to a wide range of commissions. The Quadracci Pavilion (2001) of the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first building in the US. Calatrava’s entry into high-rise design began with an innovative 54-story-high twisting tower called Turning Torso (2005), located in Malmo, Sweden. Calatrava’s structures, mainly made of concrete, glass and steel, are also famous for defying the laws of gravity.

During the two-day stay in Belgrade, Mr. Calatrava will talk with the officials of the Foundation about its projects, and one of the topics should be the vision of the new building of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.”

The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra prepared very concise  and thoroughly elaborated concept  of the house of music with the characteristic title: The Rose of Civilisations. The chosen location is at the delta of Sava and Danube rivers, thus The Rose of Civilisations will powerfuly seal off the bloody chapters of the past and open the peaceful future.





Fascinating floating pavilion is an idea of Leo Modrčin and as masterpiece of group of architects is going to introduce Croatia on 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice on 29th August to 21st November 2010.

The floating boat, actually a barge, and his special “house” made of 35 tons of iron pieces in 885 thousand welded joints, has sailed in a harbour of Rijeka, on his way to Venice, already causing a huge interest of tourists.

This masterpiece is a work of art of 15 Croatian architects: Tonči Žarnić, Veljko Oluić, Saša Begović, Marko Dabrović, Tanja Grozdanić, Silvijo Novak (3LHD), Igor Franić, Petar Mišković, Helena Paver Njirić, Lee Pelivan and Tomo Plejić (Studio UP), Goran Rako, Saša Randić and Idis Turato (Randić-Turato), and Pero Vuković.

It corresponds basically with Japanese selector Kazuyo Sejima`s concept: “People meet in architecture”. As one of the authors, Goran Rako says: “It`s the result of huge synergy flown in a particular product”, and he adds that although they are still not aware of all that is going on, it`s obviously incredibly exciting! The space is emotionaly affected, but functionaly not dominant at all.

“When architect makes a house, it`s excellent; when he makes a floating house, it`s a masterpiece; but when that house goes to Venice – it`s a dream of dreams!” – says a satisfied arcitect Idis Turato.







It collapsed!

Croatian Floating Pavilion designed for this year’s Venice Biennale by the group of architects and professors (Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Igor Franic, Tanja Grozdanic, Petar Miskovic, Leo Modrcin, Silvije Novak, Veljko Oluic, Helena Paver Njiric, Lea Pelivan, Toma Plejic, Goran Rako, Sasa Randic, Idis Turato, Pero Vukovic, Tonci Zarnic), who used the huge amount of Croatian taxpayers’ money to build it, was never exhibited there because it has collapsed on its way. In spite of the fact that inrepairable damage was caused by the structural failure nobody took responsibility for the blamage.

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Images courtesy Katarina Olujić