bg studio: block 39
bg studio: block 39
feb 04, 2011

bg studio: block 39

‘block 39’ by bg studio in belgrade, serbia all images courtesy bg studio

valencia-based creative collective bg studio has sent us images of their entry into the block 39 competition in belgrade, serbia, which called for designs of the new center for the promotion of science. considering the site’s master plan as well as the building itself, the project aims to create an urban environmental that serves as an open platform where high science meets everyday life.

bg studio: block 39 exterior view of the center for promotion of science

observing the current scale at which the urban grid of new belgrade is set on – which best adopts to the use of cars – the design proposes a return to the human scale of walking, providing a block in which casual encounters and socializing can occur. the fluid geometry of the site plan is the result of mapping the natural flow of people between traffic entry points and the new points of interest: the various academic and scientific institutions on the block.

bg studio: block 39 interior view

the new center for promotion of science consists of two rings stacked on an offset angle, creating a visual tension of movement and centripetal force. the circular organization allows a continuous connection between the park and the central patio of the building. playing off the abstract idea of ‘force fields’, the center aims to stand as a point of gravity, attracting people from around the park. these rings are illustrated in both landscaping and pavement details, marking a ‘spill-over’ zone where exchange between faculties can happen in a public arena. 

bg studio: block 39 underground parking level

bg studio: block 39 overall

bg studio: block 39

bg studio: block 39 ‘new matrix of block39 = human scale of the old town (walking, not driving) + low density of the new belgrade (vast green zones)’ (top) schematic diagram of site section (bottom) schematic diagram of site plan

bg studio: block 39 diagram of forces (vectors and directions)

bg studio: block 39 design overview

bg studio: block 39 holistic systems

bg studio: block 39 site plan

bg studio: block 39 surrounding site treaments

bg studio: block 39 floor plan / level -1

bg studio: block 39 floor plan / level 0

bg studio: block 39 floor plan / level+1

bg studio: block 39 site section – AA

bg studio: block 39 east elevation

bg studio: block 39 site section – BB

bg studio: block 39 north elevation

bg studio: block 39 (top left) traffic access (top right) pedestrian flow (bottom left) points of attraction (bottom right) force field

bg studio: block 39

  • Really nice! The visualization of the project is also beautiful.

    John says:
  • SANAAooore!

    boom says:

    Marija says:
  • Awesome project! Congratulations!

    Nebojsa Zdravkovic says:
  • presentation of concept, renderings, and working drawings is excellent…great work! =)!

    menna d says:
  • Excellent new concept for our New Belgrade!
    I would like if it were in Canada!
    Nik, Canada

    Nik, Canada says:

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