The design introduces a habitable landscape with an undulating topography that opens the BEKO site to a variety of possibilities, giving views towards the confluenc of Belgrade’s two rivers, the subtle monumentality of the Kalemegdan Castle and internally, between the constituent volumes of the design. Developed as a contemporary mixed-use masterplan, it includes residential, retail and commercial areas along with a large scale convention facility and five-star boutique hotel.
The masterplan moves away from traditional modernist notions of urban zoning and functionalist separation, enhancing the relationships between the components of each programme and creating a living fusion between public and private urbanism. Public space and private areas flow into one another into a series of ever-changing topographical adjacencies producing a rich variety of uses and activities.
The project has been developed as a series of flow lines that ‘carve’ the inhabited landscape and act as continuities where outdoor spaces, landscape undulations, balconies, roof edges and bridges all flow into one another in an ever-changing continuum. The ground level is open to the city, enabling civic space to flow through the site.
Ground (land) scape
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the project, the ground (land) scape undulates to create variable physical connections between different levels, enhancing the continuities of the outdoor spaces with the facades of the buildings to becomes an implicit engine for navigation through the site.