A reading pavilion based on a project by Belgrade students appeared on the Republic Square

This small, foldable and portable mobile pavilion will soon appear on the streets of many European cities.

It was placed on the Republic Square mobile a pavilion intended for the affirmation of reading culture. This “open-air library” was realized within the framework of an international project Europe Readr. The project was initiated by the Republic of Slovenia on the occasion of this year’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Across the continent, over 25 architectural schools and faculties (in cooperation with local embassies and partners) participated in the implementation of the project. The result of the cooperation is through mobile units and installations in the public city space promote a culture of reading.

A significant number of satisfied users indicate the great success of this project; Photo: Sara Pilipović

The mobile pavilion on Republic Square is intended for the affirmation of reading culture.

MorphoLab (Laboratory for morphology and typology of the city) Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade Headed by Dr. Vladan Đokić In cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Belgrade and partners, in the period from March to September 2021, worked on the development and implementation of a mobile pavilion through the organization of student competitions, student and master workshops.

The result of several months of cooperation between the Faculty, the Embassy and partners is a “mobile pavilion, where in addition to digital access to books, there will be printed books available for everyone who likes to read and for those we hope will encourage them to start” – he states Damjan Bergant, Ambassador of Slovenia in Belgrade.

Judging by the satisfaction of users and fellow citizens, but also by the reactions on social networks, it can be said that the pavilion is a complete success. In an innovative way (with limited resources), the pavilion connects the users of public urban space with contemporary publishing, European literary culture.

The pavilion aims to promote contemporary European authors; Photo: Sara Pilipović

From competition to realization

The process of selection, development and execution of the realized architectural solution was long-lasting and went through various phases and activities – from the student competition, through the student workshop, to the final selection and elaboration of the solution for execution. In the end, a product was obtained with which everyone is satisfied.

The public and survey student competition for the conceptual design of the mobile pavilion / spatial installation participated 17 author teams. In accordance with the proposed solutions, the degree of complexity and the potential for further development, the expert Jury of the competition unanimously decided to award three equal prizes. These works entered the second phase of elaboration.

Within the second phase (which lasted from April to May 2021), a more detailed elaboration of conceptual solutions to construction projects was performed in terms of programs, materialization and applied construction techniques and technologies.

“After the workshop, the choice of solution for the construction was very challenging, because the pavilion had to meet the conditions of flexibility, multifunctionality, economy, as well as to be assembly-disassembly” – he states. MorphoLab tim.

Axonometric view of the pavilion

The basic building component of the pavilion is a wooden frame, measuring 280x40x60cm.

The work “MONO”, whose author he is, was chosen as the project with the most potential Natasa Radenovic. The development of this idea in the third phase was joined by the students of the second year of the Master of Academic Studies Quince Dedic i Nenad Pavlović. At the core of Natasha’s idea is a whole composed of a series of large modular unit elements that intertwine in volume.

The basic building component of the pavilion is a wooden frame, measuring 280x40x60cm. By its repetition, box elements are formed which become the basic components in the assembly. Subsequent rotation and combination of these elements form different compositions that can be used in different ways as needed – vertically or horizontally, as benches or as shelves for books.

The pavilion consists of vertical and horizontal box elements; Photo: Sara Pilipović

Potential for numerous applications

It takes little money to improve public urban spaces, but a lot of effort. Thanks to its geometry and modularity, the selected solution provides the possibility of different spatial scenarios depending on the arrangement of unit modules. As such, the “MONO” pavilion has the potential to be used in future opportunities to promote culture. We hope that the residents of other cities will enjoy this pavilion and reading as much as our fellow citizens.

The special feature of this mobile pavilion lies in its light structure and flexible use. But what makes it special is a long process of iterations and selection. You can see the catalog of works submitted to the student competition for the conceptual design of the mobile pavilion / spatial installation, as well as the process of the second and third phase of project development here.

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