Architects, students of architecture and representatives of the company Stattwerk will try to help Belgrade's Zeleni Venac (Green Wreath) justify its name. This German design studio has bought the building of former Beobanka
in the popular location and is planning to turn it into the first green edifice in the Balkans
In order for this to happen, an architectural contest for the conceptual design
of the future eco-center for professional architects and students of architecture has been opened. The architects should offer propositions for the reconstruction of the building, which will feature apartments, a restaurant, a pub and a lookout, office space meant for environmentally oriented companies, an educational eco-center and a garage, whereas the students are to design the facade so that it fits the green, energy efficient architecture. This way, the skyscraper in Zeleni Venac should wear its “green suit”.
For now, a test green wall has been mounted on the Beobanka building in cooperation with Gras Garden Belgrade. It will help establish an efficient use of water needed to maintain the greenery on the future first skyscraper with green facades in Serbia.
Green walls are used more and more globally, both in exterior and interior design. Aside from a range of technological, energy and environmental benefits, the most important of which is their energy efficiency, these walls also have a primarily aesthetic architectural value.
Budimir Sudimac, professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, says that the architecture of the 21st century has changed a lot compared to previous periods. Together with his students, as part of the master academic studies at the Urban Oasis course, he has developed a software studying green walls.
– We are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, and architecture will accordingly have to take on elements of technology as well. Regarding green walls, one of the most important questions pertains to energy efficiency, that is, what impact they have on the need for cooling in the summer period. Still, the thing that architects find to be the most important are the artistic creation and the aesthetics of the walls, the impression they have on visitors, their impact on architectural structures, both the existing ones and the new ones – Budimir Sudimac says for eKapija.