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Concrete, Brutalism

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Prishtina
Kosovo

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
January 08th, 2021

Priting House Rilindja Change this

Prishtina, Kosovo
by Georgi Konstantinovski Change this
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Pristina journalists celebrated the groundbreaking of the Rilindja Media Palace several times before construction started in the current location in 1972. At the time, it was the tallest building in the newly expanded city center. It was a multicultural coworking space for the editorial teams of the Rilindja, Jedinstvo, and Tan newspapers. Since the war of 1999, the facade and function have altered to such an extent that the building became unrecognizable to its architect Georgi Konstantinovski. However, the brutalist stylistic features are still visible on the left and right wings of the building. In line with these interventions, in 2015, a social realist statue of the Albanian national hero Ismail Qemali was added in what was previously the rose garden in front. Today, the building houses four ministries, a disco club, a coffee shop, two TV stations, two daily newspapers and a fitness center.

This tower of offices had an ingenious system of aeration-ventilation on the envelope. Placed between two narrow windows it went through the whole height of the building. So the multiplication of narrow hollow beams and windows closed the large rectangular open space of offices with the circulation in the centre. Today the building has been transformed, in to a glass and metal box. Original in situ poured concrete has vanished.

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