Keywords Change this

Brick, Modernism

Project timeline

1955 – 1965



Location Change this

Kneza Miloša 33-41
11000 Belgrade

Current state


Also known as Change this

State Secretariat Building for Defense

Architect Change this


Article last edited by Bostjan on
March 17th, 2017

Federal Ministry of Defense Change this

Belgrade, Serbia
by Nikola Dobrović Change this
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The two buildings designed by the architect Nikola Dobrović were constructed in 1955–65 to accommodate what then was Yugoslavia’s Secretariat for National Defense. The complex was conceived as an ensemble composed of two monumental blocks that descend in a stepped manner towards Nemanjina Street, thereby creating a city-locked symbol of the city gate. The blocks, slightly set back from the front lot line, are accessed via two monumental porticoes. Apart from expressive stepped forms, the design makes use of contrasting materials: the robust, dark red Kosjerić stone and the white marble slabs from the island of Brač. The most salient visual motif is provided by ribbon windows in a late modern vein. Dobrović’s design is a significant work of Serbian and Yugoslav post-WWII architecture. The expressive forms, siting and imposing presence of the complex located at the city’s busiest crossroads, have made it one of Belgrade’s most prominent architectural landmarks. This building was destroyed during the NATO bombings in 1999.


Posted by Bostjan | Friday, May 16th, 2014 | 12:44pm
You are right but we are trying to make titles shorter.
Posted by Guest | Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | 10:29am
"General Staff" is not the best of names for this building

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