sou fujimoto: beton hala waterfront centre
sou fujimoto: beton hala waterfront centre sou fujimoto: beton hala waterfront centre
oct 15, 2012

sou fujimoto: beton hala waterfront centre

‘beton hala waterfront centre’ by sou fujimoto, belgrade, serbia image © sou fujimoto all images courtesy of sou fujimoto


japanese practice sou fujimoto architects has completed the concept for the ‘beton hala waterfront centre’ in belgrade, serbia. with its particular location at the edge of medieval beton hala, kalemegden park, sava river and adjacent to the fortress wall, the project seamlessly grabs each facet and entwines them into a literally spiraling structure of ramping ribbons in what fujimoto calls a ‘floating cloud.’ the eye of the circulatory whirlpool houses a new square and part of an exterior exhibition space which continues through under the massive roof structure. a restaurant and cafe are located under the inhabitable canopy along the riverfront, with commercial spaces closer to the fortress for easier access from the street. the woven bedlam of rings allow the user to find their ideal space based on the variety of programs existing in different sections, as well as the proximity of the surrounding sites.

the encircling bridges above ground separate the pedestrian from the subterranean parking garage and the transportation hub linking the ferry terminal, tram and bus. the structure exists as an array of social and transport functions, located in the middle of a culturally rich site, which joins the various components in a free-flowing circulatory whirlwind.


bridges connect different parts of the site into a core of winding platforms image © sou fujimoto


view form the sava river image © sou fujimoto


the roof structure of the commercial and gastronomical spaces is a large exterior square image © sou fujimoto


image © sou fujimoto


bridges transition into each other and into different spaces image © sou fujimoto

interior square image © sou fujimoto


image © sou fujimoto


image © sou fujimoto



view from the bottom level image © sou fujimoto



image © sou fujimoto



view along the riverfront image © sou fujimoto



image © sou fujimoto



site plan



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2





















concept diagram



  • this is what you get when you cross the Guggenheim with an ant farm

    dbkii says:
  • I rather want to see modelpictures of the proposal then these poor rendrings.

    Axl says:
  • Need color guides like hospital floors. Bet it would cost a fortune to build all those individual ramps vs. conventional. Still, it is very visually curious.

    jim C. says:
  • I like it, it can give an interesting effect of having ppl at various levels, I would ike to see some elevators as well or it would be difficult to go up and down several levels quickly:)

    Leandro says:
  • Skateboarders paradise..haha

    jamie says:
  • How can he go from doing some beautiful clean houses, to this cluster of nonsense?

    Matt says:
  • Someone or a number of people spent a lot of time on this.
    However, it does look like an ant farm. I can’t imagine trying to connect with friends in such a disorienting space like this and what about the poor folks that walk all the way down into the Ocean.
    This is sculpture being used as an architectural space. Think Gehry. He does one sculpture based on a crinkled up napkin and then everything he does from then on is the same. Sculpture, not based upon function does not equal good architecture!

    rcvs1 says:
  • ekstra

    ekstra says:
  • Would people really walk up and down and around in a pure white abstract artificial architectural landscape just because they can? This is a perfect example of architectural mastu**ation (sorry!). It is. Fujimoto goes from making poetry to basooning out an idea which becomes increasingly distorted. Let’s hope that this type of stuff will become a parenthasis when the history of the early 21st century is being written…

    Max says:
  • What an amazingly beautiful waste of money.

    daniel says:
  • Wow when I saw it I really liked it , there are some not very clear points about the design but overall it is really interesting space. It makes me interested to go inside and experience the feeling… Makes me curious…I don’t understand why most of the comments are so negative.. Honestly! It is true that it can be a little bit less sophisticated and there are a few things which has not been considered as functional but in my opinion one of the most important things about designing a public space is to make people intrigued and attracted by it and make them wanting to experience it… I definitely am!

    R.B. says:
  • Concrete Spagetii Junction for human; or perhaps the author assumes that HUMANS are mere HAMSTERS……..

    Fling says:

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