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Communist Architecture 3 - 25th May Sports Centre

Hidden : 05/01/2017
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The 3rd of a series of caches focusing on Belgrade's Socialist era architecture. Styles of the era are variously referred to as Brutalism and Socialist Modernism and are characterised by raw concrete slabs, glass and exposed steel beams. Powerful, stark, repetitive design elements blended utilitarianism, classism and modernism to reflect Eastern Bloc ideology, reinforce Socialist rhetoric and instill the concept of collective identity.

The 25th May Sports Centre

The 25  May  Sports Centre  in  Belgrade (1971‒ 1974), is located close to the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers at the foot of the Kalemegdan Fortress. The idea of ​​building a sports center arose in 1961, however the first foundations were not laid until a decade later.  The centre was officially opened by the President of the Republic - Josip Broz Tito.

Designed by Ivan Antić, The complex was designed in the bold architectural forms of sculptural charge and consists of two bodies: a restaurant (now a wellness centre) placed in an impressive console over the river with a large-span roof and a concrete shell of the swimming pool hall in the form of hyperbolic paraboloid. Besides its shape that resembles a sail on a ship recognisable in the forms of the hall, the architectural structure of the restaurant resembles a traditional Serbian Morava style house: porch, roof, fireplace with chimney in the middle, and flexible interior space. Although it is a transposed form in which the impact of brutalism in architecture is obvious,  it  is also noticeable  that  the Antić was also inspired by Serbian traditional architecture.

Credits; The Local–Global Tendencies in Serbian Contemporary Architecture (PDF Download Available). Available from: [accessed Apr 30, 2017].

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