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Genex tower - Western City Gate

Genex Tower (Serbian: Кула Генекс, Kula Geneks), or Western City Gate (Serbian: Западна Капија Београда, Zapadna Kapija Beograda), is a 35-storey skyscraper in Belgrade, Serbia, which was designed in 1977 by Mihajlo Mitrović in the brutalist style.


  • Employer: Genex, GP Rad
  • Location: Belgrade
  • Total cost of project: N/A
  • Years of construction: 1977 - N/A
  • Category: Aerial And Other Towers
  • Status: Finished
  • Area: Unknown
  • Contractor: GP Rad

Detail design:
GP Rad

Author:
Prof. Mihajlo Mitrovic

Designer:
Prof. Mihajlo Mitrovic

Installation Designer:
Janko Lisjak, Svetlost

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The builiding consists of two functionally different parts, but from the architectural and structural point of view, they are composed as one entity:

- residential tower having groundfloor, mezzanine, 30 floors plus an attic,

- business tower having groundfloor, mezzanine, 26 doors plus an attic.

Both buildings are connected by a bridge structure located on the 26th floor of the residential tower and the attic of the business tower.

On the highest level of the business tower, a restaurant was designed. Each building has two circular staircases with a set of lifts. All staircases of the apartment and office towers are directly connected with the garage. In the mezzanine of the residential part four one-room flats are designed, while the other Levels (1-30) have six flats each: 2 three-room, 2 two-room and 2 one-room.

In the mezzanine of the administrative tower the Following is designed: exhibition area, auxiliary premises, storages, documentation storing rooms, and sanitary block. From 1st to 26th floor the offices are designed divided with light "gloisall" partitions.

Both towers are of reinforced concrete skeleton structure with supporting walls. Floor structure is a flat slab 12 cm thick. The structure of the exterior bridge consists of reinforced concrete elements, columns and beams over which the load is transferred to the staircase walls The foundation of both towers was executed in the central part on the reinforced concrete slab and the angle columns on spot footing. Both these foundation elements were executed on "Franci" piles.

 

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