The Belgrade Association of Architects has launched a single-stage design contest to revamp part of the Belgrade Fair Halls complex in Serbia
The competition, backed by the Belgrade Fair Board, seeks proposals to regenerate venues 7, 8 and 9, which were designed by Serbian architect Milorad Pantović and engineers Branko Žeželj and Milan Krstić.
The ageing 5,105m2 exhibition halls are part of the larger Belgrade Fair Halls complex, which was completed in 1957 on the banks of the river Sava.
According to the brief: ‘Attention should be paid to the project’s environmental, social and financial approach. Participants should consider implementing sustainable systems such as solar panels for energy and atmospheric water collection for irrigation.
‘The conceptual solution shall provide mobility, accessibility and safety for all user groups. New technologies shall be implemented, in order to meet high technical and operational requirements possessed by contemporary conference spaces.’
The prominent city-centre complex was originally constructed as a showcase for postwar Serbian science and technology.
The enormous 24ha site, featuring connections to Belgrade’s airport and main railway station, is now home to 14 exhibiting halls, several of which are in a deteriorating condition.
The Fair Halls complex hosts more than 30 regular international events, receiving 5,000 corporate exhibitors and 1.5 million visitors annually.
The landmark main venue – known as Hall 1 – features a 109m-span dome, which is thought to be the world’s largest pre-stressed concrete roof and Europe’s largest dome.
Halls 7, 8 and 9 are around half a kilometre from the dome, and are considered to be poorly integrated with the rest of the complex and in desperate need of modernisation.
Proposals should cover improvements to the building’s facades and landscaping, such as new parking and traffic routes to existing tram, rail and road networks.
The project also includes renovation of interior spaces such as the conference hall, meeting rooms, foyer, entrances and break out rooms; and better integration of the buildings with existing site infrastructure, such as power, telephone, water, hot water heating pipes and gas.
The competition language is Serbian and entries must include a 50cmx70cm presentation board alongside an A4 document featuring text and other diagrams.
Participant teams must feature at least one Serbian member with a master’s degree in architecture, landscaping architect or design.
The jury will announce its five favoured designs on 15 November, and these will be exhibited to investors for evaluation ahead of the project’s eventual delivery.
The overall winner will receive £3,600, while a second place prize of £2,200; third place prize of £1,400 and two further prizes worth £580 each will also be awarded.
The deadline for submissions is 4 November.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Belgrade Association of Architects
7a/III Kneza Miloša Street
Tel: +381 011 3230 059