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Modernism, Forgotten Masterpieces

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1947 – 1959



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Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia, Palace of the Federation

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Palace of Serbia Change this

Belgrade, Serbia
by Vladimir Potočnjak, Anton Urlih, ... Change this
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The building is situated in New Belgrade, and built during the 50's, by Vladimir Potočnjak as lead architect. Interestingly, it was constructed by the Youth Work Brigades from all around Yugoslavia. It initially housed the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia. Today it's called the "Place of Serbia" and it is still used for limited government functions.

It is an H-shaped structure, that balances Classicism and Modernism. It covers the base area of 5,500m², and it contains six lounges, as well as about one thousand offices. The façade of the building is covered with the white Brač marble, while the openings were made of white metal.

Apart of its magnificent presence and elegant, balanced proportion, what is truly unique about this building is the, at the time innovative "total design" approach. The interior was designed to detail, each room curated with a theme celebrating XX century Yugoslavian Fine and Applied Arts, with 6 main lounges dedicated to 6 republics of Yugoslavia. The urban planning of the surroundings was also carefully developed to be both practical and to showcase the building, which was the approach taken to the development of New Belgrade during the post war years in general. The interior of the building has not changed since and it remains a time capsule of mid-century designIt was built in 1959 to be used by the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia.



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