BEKO MASTERPLAN BY ZHA AT BDW

Belgrade will become the first city in the South East European region to have a building designed by the arguably world’s most successful architecture studio at the moment – Zaha Hadid Architects from London, UK. The new contemporary development at the location of the former Beko textile factory will mark the continuance of Belgrade’s signature “Modernist” movement, which was abruptly discontinued in the 1980s. Thanks to the development’s private investor, LAMDA from Greece, this complex will set new benchmarks for Serbian living & working standards, but also in the fields of innovative technologies and construction.

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Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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