Center for Promotion of Science
Belgrade, Serbia, 2010
open international competition
Ministry of Science and Technological Development – Republic of Serbia
Blok 39, New Belgrade, Serbia
Total floor area
garage, atrium level, public level, roof
exhibition and education space
double curved – folded shell structure
white aluminum cladded stripes + translucent, transparent and opaque glazing
SADAR+VUGA (Jurij Sadar, Boštjan Vuga, Jure Hrovat, Jonathan Podboršek, Janko Radojević, Milena Zindović)
The CFPS building appears as a large platform from which a playful and relaxed manner promotes science to the widest public audience, and invited them to participate.
CFPS is a ring whose form is truly symmetrical. It is a one storey building, touching the ground with four big legs connected with four arches. In the center of the building is an outdoor atrium, from which we enter the main exhibition floor via escalators. The atrium is infilled with a forest of trees and three pairs of escalators as a main public circulation device of the building.
Conceptually, it positions Nature and natural systems as an ongoing source for scientific development. We, as human beings, are invited to start exploring Science from Nature.
Our masterplan design incorporates the existing building of the Faculty of Drama Arts with its proposed extension, and provides four new Faculties, a mathematics gymnasium, a science center with 50m tower, as well as the new building of the Centre of Promotion of Science. All are positioned on 8 islands. Among the islands, 5 plazas are developed.
An island is created by one storey podium which gently descends towards a plaza surface. A descended part of three or more podiums and a flat surface in-between creates a plaza, a hybrid of landscaping and urban space. Each plaza, via gently sloping podiums is connected to an islands’ main entrance lobby, positioned between two buildings on top of the podium. A large pergola enclosing the lobby space, offers a smooth transition between outdoor and indoor.Each of the five plazas has a different character and atmosphere. They are all designed and oriented to be comfortably insulated and wind protected, stimulating informal outdoor activities throughout the year.