The notion of conflict intertwined in the core of Serbian being fascinated me to to understand its conflicted context and particular identity of communion. My research on the city of Belgrade was steered towards connecting aspects of multiplicity, manifesting themselves spatially in the seen political oppositions (such as the Belgrade Waterfront building project), through a physical component in the city.
This physical component being a new public realm where we can discuss oppositions in a democratic manner. BIGZ presented the perfect backdrop to tell the tale of two cities. Constituted in the old pre-war modernist socialist style, time and usage took its toll on the heavy-looking concrete exterior and interior. To join current standards, living habits and discussions within the city with the past remnants of this icon would prove a beautiful opportunity to make my research physical. As I deconstructed the then current situation of Belgrade in word, image and feeling, I deconstructed BIGZ in representational elements: horizontality, logistics, fixed grid, material, and fragmented programme. Thinking in oppositions, the new social programme is attached by verticality and embodied by light-weight, modular arrangements