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Concrete, Hotel Building, Yugoslavian Modernism

Project timeline

1960 – 1963


Hotel & Restaurant

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Kupari Bay

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Hotel Pelegrin Change this

Dubrovnik, Croatia
by David Finci Change this
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Hotel Pelegrin was designed by the Sarajevo-based architect David Finci in 1963. The hotel’s architecture drew considerable acclaim in the 1960s new tendencies, defined by creative evolution and a certain detachment from the tradition of modernism, emerge in Croatian art and architecture. At the same time, the process of planning and building tourist infrastructure on the Adriatic coast, in particular large hotel buildings, starts.

The 419-bed hotel was originally part of the Kupari holiday resort for the military elite of the JNA, but began welcoming foreign tourists, mainly from Northern Europe, in the early 1980s. During the Siege of Dubrovnik in 1991, the JNA shelled Hotel Pelegrin repeatedly, and the damage is still very visible today. After the attack, the hotel was used as a temporary shelter for serviceman in the Croatian Army.

Hotel Pelegrin, along with Hotel Kupari, Hotel Grand, and Hotel Gorcina, are all part of the state’s Kupari-Srebreno project, an estimated 200 million euro package investment in “high-end tourism development”. As Zeljka Krhac, senior advisor at the Agency for Investments and Competitiveness told Balkanist, “It’s a real estate project that includes a combination of land sale and right to build”. And while the land is premium, located just seven kilometers from Dubrovnik’s Old Town, there has been little interest over the years.



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