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?“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.
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