Kengo Kuma turns Pristina’s Grmija into a concert hall

The architecture of the famous building in Pristina will be preserved, but it will get a new canopy under which a new public space will be organized in the city.

Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, in collaboration with Bekim Ramko and local bureau OUD + Architects, won first prize in the competition to turn the former department store Grmija (Germia) into a concert hall.

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Their solution predicts preserving the existing structure but also creating a new program inside and around the famous Pristina building. Former department store Grmija, built 1973, is one of the most recognizable buildings in Pristina thanks to its striking facade. Thanks to the initiative of the organization Docomomo, this social-modernist building has been preserved, but will now be enriched with a solution by a famous Japanese architect.

A large canopy will be formed around the old department store, under which there will be a restaurant, a gallery and an auditorium.

The characteristic of this project is roof, respectively large canopy which contrasts with the modernist lines of the existing building and is designed to encourage social interaction.

The roof is created connection between different public spaces within various programs, such as restaurant, gallery and auditorium. A new temporary exhibition space will be organized under the canopy.

Unlike the existing structure, the auditorium will be shaped through organic forms for which the architects found inspiration in the surrounding nature, he writes ArchDaily.

Sustainability in the spotlight

Sustainability was the guiding idea in the design, so the refreshed Grmija will be equipped with a system for rainwater harvesting, it will wind natural ventilation, while the canopy will have green roof.

Preservation of heritage

Kengo Kuma designed this project so that preserves the modernist heritage of Pristina, but at the same time to create a contemporary platform for the local art scene.

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