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Knez Mihailova street

The backbone of the old city core consists of Knez Mihailova Street and the area of Republic Square.

  • Employer: City of Beograd; Town Authority for Public Services and Utilities, Land Development and Roads
  • Location: Belgrade
  • Total cost of project: N/A
  • Years of construction: 1987 - 1988
  • Category: Transport
  • Status: Finished
  • Area: Unknown
  • Contractor: Partizanski put

City Public Services and Utilities of Beograd, "Jablanica", Foundry "Plastika" Purpose of the Project: Development of Town Space

Branislav Jovin

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Before it was reconstructed, this area had been used for pedestrians and vehicular traffic with all its negative aspects. Besides external unsatisfactory appearance of the setting, the underground installations (water supply pipes and sewage, electrical and telephone network) were also in bad condition.

§ The scope of the project covers 21,300 m2 of the developed area, out of which Knez Mihailova Street for pedestrians only covers 13,500 m2, and a part of Republic Square 7,800 m2 (excluding future undernround station). Out of the total investment expenditures, 60% was used for the renovation of old and building of new infra-structure as well as for the installation of the remote herring pipeline.

§ The project was prepared and realised following the principle of total design, starting with walking surfaces and the elements of urban equipment, gully gratings, manhole covers, and the other elements needed for pedestrian zone, including unique items like drinking fountains, wells, fountains, and commemorative features of the streets.

§ As far as the modelling is concerned, the combining factor was applied forms and materials. The walking surfaces and low or massive elements of the urban equipment were made in granite, and standing or slender elements in tarnished bronze. The applied forms are associated in their unity with "cold" - flat and "warm" - round surfaces.

§ Special attention was paid to landscaping, planting of trees and flowers in order to achieve aesthetic and ecological balance. The system of the night lighting consists of rows of candelabra 3.5 m high with additional illumination from shop windows and flashing advertisement signs.

§ The surface waters are drained by means of a channel in the middle of the streets and adequate sewage system.

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