Belgrade Waterfront Art Gallery & Sales Centre
Place Dynamix provided specialist public realm landscape design services to undertake the external design works for the launch and sales centre of the imminent and highly prestigious Belgrade Waterfront project which will ultimately include office and luxury apartment blocks, eight hotels, a shopping mall and the tower, on the right bank of the Sava River. The Belgrade Waterfront development is intended to generate a regional hub attracting tourists that will be unmatched in the region. The launch of the project was attended by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at Geozavod, a renovated 1907 building that dominates the area and will house the Belgrade Waterfront Sales Centre and Art Gallery.
The external works involved the refurbishment of the streetscape immediately outside the Geozavod building, replacing the pedestrian walkway surface with high quality granite paving units, kerbs and cobbles that enhanced the newly renovated building. The entrance steps to the building were replaced with wider steps to improve visual balance and create a stronger announcement to the building entrance. The streetscape was dressed with sophisticated black granite planters in which bespoke clipped Taxus baccata (Yew) trees were planted with a subtle understory of mat forming evergreen plants. Complementary benches and litter bins further furnish the streetscape. To the entrance drop-off, a classic raised granite plinth lined with Buxus sempervirens (box) hedge and interplanted with Lavender provide an elegant arrival to the Geozavod sales centre.
The external works included rationalisation of the right of way adjacent the Geozavod building addressing the intersection treatment servicing trams and vehicles, creating order and controlled movement. An area of public open space opposite the Geozavod was designed in keeping with the new Geozavod street-scape and it is anticipated this will be implemented in a later phase of development.
To the rear of the Geozavod building a series of pocket courtyards host the Belgrade Waterfront Art Gallery. The courtyards offer a series of exhibition spaces for freestanding and wall mounted pieces of art available for public viewing. A café with comfortable contemporary outdoor furniture animate the exhibition spaces allowing visitors to appreciate the works of art whilst enjoying refreshments in a contemporary space, sympathetically designed around the historic building.