Town Planning Institute of Belgrade has taken the initial steps towards the realization of a part of the project “Belgrade- City on the water” , in order to come into effect idea/project known as the “Floating cloud” designed by Japanese Sou Fujimoto architects , which will link Sava port and Concrete hall/Beton hala with Kalemegdan fortress. Part of the job is the responsibility of the department and it should be completed in the next six months. The whole complex will spread over about 26,000 square meters, and the investment is worth about 25 million euros.
Contrasting the medieval fabric of the capital city, Sou Fujimoto’s “floating cloud” intertwines an array of social and transportation programs into an organized tangle of suspended ramps that emerge from the static platform of the Beton hala. It was lauded by the jury to be a “brave proposal” that holds the “highest emblematic potential among all of Beton hala entries”. The new, vibrant pedestrian square will serve as the principle access point from the capital’s riverfront to it’s historic core. It will house retail space, cafes and restaurants, exterior exhibition space and a viewing platform, as it is perched atop a subterranean parking garage and transportation hub linking the ferry terminal, tram and bus (www.archdaily.com).
Photo credits: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.