The building on Senjak is designed to age nicely

This building raises the quality of housing in the capital, while providing its residents with a spectacular view of Belgrade.

What does a building look like where all the parameters are on the border of the upper maxima? What do A ++ quality apartments look like? What does a building that is designed to be easy to maintain and even nicer look like? Pushkin Residence gives us the answers to all these questions. Everything in this building smells of luxury.

The sunny slope of Senjak, where the project is located, emphasizes its beauty and uniqueness. The impressive street front leaves the observer breathless and is on its own a unique work of art. The panoramic view that extends from the illuminated and intimate space is one of the most attractive in the city.

The apartments offer spectacular views of Kosutnjak and the Hippodrome; Photo: Relja Ivanić

Its buildings simply know how to age nicely, and Pushkin’s Residence will be beautiful even after many years.

Project by a Czech architect Stanislava Ampoules pushes the boundaries of standards that have (so far) been known in the Belgrade high-end real estate market. When all the features and the level of quality achieved are taken into account, it can be said that this is one of the best residential buildings in Belgrade built in the 21st century. But little has been written about this building from 2017, and even less has been discussed in professional architectural circles.

The building in Pushkinova Street is, by all accounts, unjustly set aside. The reason for that may lie precisely in the fact that this pearl of modern architecture was designed by a foreign, not a domestic designer.

But what adorns Pushkin’s Residence is a strong and clear guiding idea. “The architectural concept emphasized the effort to provide in the Serbian metropolis comfort and privacy of family life with as much contact with nature as possible. Panoramic views are supported by the breaking of the concrete paneling of the terraces, which at the same time provide enough privacy for individual apartments, “he said. SEBRE. The building is multi-family, but the privacy of each user is at a high level.

The apartments on the ground floor have a special quality – access to the backyard with a lawn; Photo: Relja Ivanić

A building on the edge of a hill

It’s Pushkin’s Residence a four-story buried building which is located on the very edge of the hill, with with a spectacular view of Kosutnjak. Quite unexpectedly, this multi-storey and multi-family residential building found its place among villas and diplomatic residences, in the Senjak district of Belgrade. The typological building does not fit into the inherited urban pattern of housing. But, by breaking the basic volume into parts, the broken geometry calms the size of the object.

With its design and materials, the building stands out strongly against the sloping roofs covered with tiles. The skillful fitting of court, concrete, wood, glass, greenery and “total design” build the recognizable identity of Pushkin’s Residence. Complexity in design and organization add a special stamp and originality. It is this quality that is achieved by harmoniously fitting smaller elements into larger systems, which together form one a symphonic harmonious whole.

“The Pushkin Residence residential building is a realization that accurately describes the architecture of Fiala. In his latest projects, he returned with original, natural, real materials. He doesn’t like replacements. He thinks an awful lot about how these things are going to age. When a man returns to his buildings after a few years, he will see that they have not collapsed or decayed. Its buildings simply know how to age nicely, and Residence Pushkinova will be beautiful even after many years. “- says Peter Shimon, CEO of HINTON.

Entrance to the building; Photo: Relja Ivanić

The apartments on the ground floor have a special quality – access to the backyard with a lawn.

All apartments in the building are large and as such are intended for housing multi-member families and diplomatic representatives. Pushkin Residence consists of 10 apartments and there is 25 parking spaces. The area of ​​apartments ranges from 113 to 270 m2.

On the roof floor there is a penthouse apartment with access to a terrace with greenery and a view of Kosutnjak and the Hippodrome. On the other side, ground floor apartments (S8, S9 and S10) have a special quality – access to the backyard with a lawn. There are three apartments on each of the three floors. The side flats have a two-sided, and the flats have a central one-sided orientation. The geometry of the flats is irregular.

All apartments have accentuated entry zone with an accompanying toilet – which indicates the representative character of the space. It is also specific that the apartments are entered from the side. Circular connection in apartments it is implied and it can be around a kitchen island, a dining table or around a building element. The goal of the circular connection is to connect different functional zones in relation to the direction of input movement.

The daily activity zone is connected to the entrance zone; Photo: Relja Ivanić

Open plan apartments

The division of space into zones of joint and individual activities is emphasized. The zone of daily activities is connected to the entrance zone. As a rule, the zone of joint activities is a mono-space consisting of a kitchen, dining room and living room organized in the system open plan. In combination with a circular connection and flexible partitions, the result is obtained character polivalentnosti. .

The kitchens are two-part and consist of linear elements and a kitchen island. The kitchens are spacious but have no storage. They are more for showing and less for cooking. On the plus side, each apartment has two or three gathering centers in a common activity zone.

The zone of individual contents and activities is organized in all apartments according to the same pattern. The bedroom is accessed via a walk-in closet. Almost every bedroom has its own separate bathroom – which indicates a higher housing standard. Built-in furniture elements made of rustic wood give each apartment a pronounced author’s stamp.

The apartments are heated by an underfloor heating system, while during the summer the ceiling cooling takes care of the pleasant atmosphere.

The construction system of the building is combined. It consists of external reinforced concrete walls 20 cm thick, internal walls 20 cm thick, reinforced concrete pillars 70 x 22 cm and steel-concrete pillars (TR 159 / 6.3 + MB 30).

The mezzanine slabs are reinforced concrete, 24 cm thick and strained in both directions. The free edge is reinforced with a plate bend 32 cm thick. The walls between the apartments are reinforced concrete, 20 cm thick. This allows for far greater sound insulation at the flat-flat position than the recommended minimum of 52 decibels.

What is it made of?

It was used for internal partitions in apartments Zorka Opeka Klima block 12, plastered on both sides. Machine gypsum plaster was used for plastering the interior walls Knauf MP 75 (thickness from 10 to 15 mm). It was used for installation shafts Zorka Opeka Climate block 25, plastered on one side.

A special atmosphere of staying in the bathroom, toilet and common areas is provided by wall coverings made of of Italian marble. It’s about Arabescato Orobico Dark Satin striking structure and high gloss. The application of this material gives the space a recognizable line of sharpness and seriousness. In the wet areas, there are modernly designed faucets and toilets of famous brands Chira, Kaldewei i Hansgrohe.

The main source of energy for heating and cooling are two ground-to-water heat pumps that use underground probes with a total length of 1,800 meters.

Heating in residential units is solved with the help of REHAU underfloor heating system and dryer in the bathroom. The cooling of the premises was solved with the help of the UNIVERSA ceiling system and FCU units – which is not a common practice on the premium real estate market in Belgrade. Ceiling cooling is placed under the mortar. On the other hand, the floor coverings are made of top quality natural wood.

KORADO heaters are installed in the common areas of the building, as well as in the storage rooms of the apartments. They are the main source of energy for heating and cooling two ground-to-water heat pumps (AERMEC WRL 180) using total length underground probes 1,800 meters.

The south-eastern and north-western facades of the building form Siberian larch lining. The north-east façade is clad kortenom i sibirskim arišom. All linings are located on a system aluminum system or a combination of wooden and steel plastic supports. On the south-western façade, there is a terrace along its entire length, the construction of which consists of reinforced concrete slabs and reinforced concrete wall panels. These elements are derived as nature concrete.

Parking on the lowest floor; Photo: Relja Ivanić

Lasting quality

As we all know well, a building is something that starts, not something that ends. After a couple of decades, the cost of maintaining the facilities exceeds the cost of construction. However, more and more often in Belgrade we meet and see buildings in new construction that are new only in the first couple of years of use, after which they irretrievably lose their apparent luster. In one such chaos, this building provides a different concept – a concept of quality that lasts.

wabi-sabi is a specific concept of aesthetics that helps us to see beauty in imperfection, to appreciate simplicity and to accept the transient nature of things. Residential building in Pushkinova Street by architect Stanislav Fijala proudly defies universal kitsch and the trend of short-term beauty. Perhaps the only one of its kind, this residential building in the elite part of Belgrade is designed to age nicely. We hope that some of the future generations of Belgraders will have the opportunity to see if the famous Czech architect has succeeded in realizing his intentions.

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  • object: Pushkin Residence
  • the city: Senjak (Belgrade)
  • Author: Stanislav Fiala (FIALA + GERMAN)
  • typology: Apartment building
  • performer: HINTON
  • realization: 2017.
  • investor: SEBRE
  • photography: Relja Ivanic

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