Spanish House

URBAN INCUBATOR featuring … is the cultural programme in the Spanish House and will run between May and November 2013. It features space for different kinds of events in the pavilion: lectures, performances, concerts, debates, film, exhibitions and workshops.

Spanish House - Opening times:
June - September 2013:
Saturday-Sunday 12.00 - 20.00 h
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday 15.00 - 20.00 h  

The Spanish House is a dilapidated building in Savamala, which after attempts at renovation and reconstruction was left unfinished. This seemingly useless investor´s ruin will be transformed into a central space for events organized within the Urban Incubator: Belgrade. The Spanish House will serve as a symbol for the metamorphosis of Savamala.

„Stanko Divjakinja – Plans for the Spanish House?“

Interview May 2013 It was architect Stanko Divjakinja who dealt with plans for the reconstruction of the Spanish House – before the Goethe-Institut together with architect and curator of the Urban Incubator: Belgrade, Tim Rieniets, developed their plans to design a temporary pavilion for the building. Just before the pavilion works started end of May 2013, Milena Berić met with Stanko Divjakinja at the Spanish House. Stanko talks about how friends had the idea for a hotel investment in the Spanish House – but how, unfortunately, the construction work was only short lived. They succeded, however, to stabilize the basement and protect it against groundwater and Sava flooding – but the facade, a new upper floor and a roof couldn´t be finished. Most important for the architect, however, is to see the Spanish House preserved – due to its unique location next to Sava River, due to its facade design which mirrors the architectural features of Brakov Bridge´s and it´s stone pillars just opposite. And he explains that he has never given up hope that the Savamala landmark Spanish House will be reconstructed and, thus, be given a last chance to contribute to Belgrade´s further riverbank development - which should provide direct river access by shifting the impeding railway tracks between the house and the river.
Here you find his talk in English translation
The Spanish House is a historic customs house that has been in a dilapidated condition since Tito´s era. After the introduction of free market reforms, a private investor intended to turn the building into a hotel. Due to financial problems the investor had to withdraw from the project after the building had already been gutted and partially reconstructed. In 2012, temporary right of use of the premises was conferred to the Goethe-Institut Belgrad. Now, the Spanish House will be converted into a communication venue that will contribute functionally, programmatically, and symbolically to the revitalization of the quarter.

The temporary architecture of the Spanish House is reflected in construction elements that are typically used on building sites for casting concrete. The pavilion is a “space of enablement”. It was designed to provide adequate working conditions for both Urban Incubator: Belgrade project participants and for the residents of Savamala. The space provides public access to information about the project and is a venue for cultural events, such as exhibitions and workshops as well as other social events.

Historical components of the original building, together with new concrete elements, create a unique atmosphere and leave a sculptural imprint on the ruins of the “Spanish House”. The pavilion does not attract attention as a building in its own right but as a design that integrates the characteristics of the place as it is: emptiness transforms into space, the weeds into gardens, and the concrete elements into sculptures. The metamorphosis of the “Spanish House” is a symbol of the renaissance of the whole of Savamala.

Supported by
PERI Serbia Enterprise

    Address in Savamala

    Braće Krsmanović 2

    Tim Rieniets and Nikola Banković
    In cooperation with Nemanja Zimonjić


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