On the Edge

27 March - 30 April 2019

41st Salon of Architecture - Awards

Report of the Jury of the 41st Salon of Architecture

The Jury of the 41st Salon of Architecture, consisting of:

  • Jurij Sadar, Chairperson
  • Relja Ivanić
  • Natalija Miodragović
  • Dejan Todorović
  • Zlata Vuksanović Macura,

hereby concludes that this year the Salon has hosted a large number of quality works dealing with a wide range of important issues, despite the fact that major public projects and urban designs have not been present at the exhibition.

The result of the Jury’s constructive work is its unanimous decision to select the projects that are small in their size, but significant in their quality. The written word about architecture has been present with a large number of diverse works – from a monumental monograph to the history and theory of architecture. The awarded projects are of various typologies, ranging from holiday houses, an educational centre, a small museum and an apartment to two large business and industrial facilities. All of the award-winning architectures deal with the issues of content and respond to contemporary trends within these typologies. The awarded works offer alternatives within the specified programmes, and thus create designs that generate positive changes in the immediate spatial environment and in society.

The award has not been given within the Urban Planning category as there were no works selected in this field. Likewise, there has been no award within the Experiment category, but the Jury has recognised a high level of influence of experimental research in the works it has rewarded.

The Jury awards the following prizes:

Grand Prix of the 41st Salon of Architecture

goes to the group of authors of AKVS Architecture: Anđela Karabašević and Vladislav Sudžum

for the realised project Summer Houses in Kotor

In the time when intensive construction and pretentious volumes are considerably present throughout the region, not only in urban areas but also in the open countryside, the project Summer Houses in Kotor opens up another perspective. This is a facility that fits into the climate of the Mediterranean and its immediate surroundings, and therefore, uses the elements of traditional architecture, such as verandas, outdoor staircases, roof terraces and gardens. Thus created environments allow different gradations of privacy and social interaction with neighbours. With simple volumes, harmonious proportions and unpretentious materials, the authors re-define the attitude towards the natural environment, mass tourism and enjoyment of holiday. The Jury has unanimously agreed that this is an outstanding work and that it deserves the Grand Prix.

Award within the Category Architecture

goes to the authors Goran Vojvodić and Jelena Ivanović Vojvodić

for the realised project Business Facility Roaming Group in Belgrade

A building in South Boulevard puts a long-forgotten construction into operation, and with its appearance, it generates a counterpoint to the previous state, providing a new quality to to the environment it is located in. The arcades on the ground floor create a relation with the level of the street, whereas the reflective areas of the upper floors communicate with the wider environment.

Acknowledgement within the Category Architecture

goes to the author Predrag Milutinović

for the realised project Zumtobel Factory in Niš

A modern industrial facility consists of an administrative area with a conference room and a production plant. The shape and form of the facility reflect the company’s philosophy, whereas a production plant with its classic design of a shed-roofing structure captures natural sky light, creates a romantic image of the industrial space and simultaneously ensures quality working conditions.

Acknowledgement within the Category Guests of the Salon

goes to the authors Nenad Popović and Senka Popović

for the realised project Educational Centre, Gingen an der Fils in Germany

A good example of how the first-prize winning competition project is consistently implemented in practice. The facility represents a rational design of an educational institution with a common multifunctional gymnasium for kindergarten and school children, thus successfully combining different programmes. With its form and shape design, the interior is wholly dedicated to children as the main users of the space concerned.

Award within the Category Interior Design

goes to the author Aleksandar Gušić

for the realised project Museum of Initiative in Smederevska Palanka

A simple and functional design that expresses the architectural quality of the existing space in a minimalist manner and creates ideal conditions for displaying the museum exhibits. Intervention in the museum in a small town is explained by the author himself “…not only as an example of good architectural practice, but also as an example of the initiative taken by individuals and institutions aimed at portraying culture and art as the main lighthouses of a healthy society.”

Award within the Category Interior Design

goes to the author Sara Dimitrijević

for the realised project Apartment SS in Belgrade

A project represents the transformation of a generic apartment of a small floor area in a Belgrade residential zone. The author skilfully uses the existing spatial qualities, such as two-sided orientation, and boldly incorporates a wide range of different influences that are achieved through the utilisation of various materials, textures, colours and reflections. Thus, she creates a highly individualised living environment. Space, though pretty defined, gives the impression of great flexibility and numerous life opportunities.

Award within the Category Publications

goes to the group of authors of STEALTH.unlimited: Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen

for the realised project Upscaling, Training, Commoning

The publication is a testimony of the long-lasting dedicated work of the group STEALTH.unlimited. They worked on the projects and experiments that are alternative and that, at the same time, address some of the most important issues of modern urban life by dealing with the local issues, as well as by transferring experiences from one particular environment into another. It was written professionally and simply, and it simultaneously invites for reflection on the role that architecture has in the modern world.

In Belgrade, 27th March, 2019