Skopje, November 13, 2023
Europe House Skopje marked its fourth anniversary with a fusion of heritage and a vision of the future, hosting an exhibition and prize-giving ceremony for the “Skopje of the new generation” architectural and urban design contest. This event showcased the talent of young architects contributing to the urban development of Skopje.
The competition saw 12 submissions from 24 budding architects, each presenting plans to rejuvenate various sites within the city. The first prize was awarded to “Lotus 4 Her” by Antonio Grujevski located at Lotus Fountain at City Park Skopje. The second prize was received by Daniela Vasileva, Sara Veleska, and Sara Trajkova for “Reimagining Colorwaves,” centered around Dimitar Vlahov Quay on the Vardar River. The third prize went to Natalie Veleska, Alen Cvetkovski, and Donna Mitrovska for their “SpineX” project, aimed at revitalizing “Plasticharska” Street.
The event was hosted at the Skopje Central Post Office, a site of considerable historical significance, which has been recognized by Europa Nostra as one of Europe’s seven most endangered heritage sites. On the 26th of July, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Skopje’s devastating earthquake, Europa Nostra, in collaboration with the European Investment Bank Institute, called attention to the urgent need for the building’s restoration. This sentiment was reflected in the remarks made by EU Ambassador David Geer, emphasizing the importance of immediate action to preserve this historic edifice.
“Today we stand here in Poshta, probably the most emblematic example of brutalist art; an aesthetics that shaped Skopje’s post-earthquake architectural identity. To recall the cultural legacy that needs to be protected and cherished. Today, Poshta still has no roof and is at an increasing risk of disuse and deterioration. Yet Poshta, to use Sartre’s words, does not accept a defeat! And neither do we. We decided to mark Europe House’s fourth birthday right here. On the Day of Liberation of Skopje. “Ambassador Geer remarked.
In her speech, the Minister of Culture, Mrs. Bisera Kostadinovska-Stojchevska, thanked Ambassador Gir and emphasized that “This significant occasion of a cultural nature, managed to bring history and the future together, with the creativity of the students architecture.” She added that this competition takes a step forward and bridges the past with aspirations for the future.
Конкурсот „Скопје на новата генерација“ го оценуваше жири од 5 члена од сите пет архитектонски факултети во Скопје, (Меѓународен Балкански универзитет, Универзитетот Американ Колеџ Скопје (УАКС), Универзитетот МИТ, Факултетот за општествени науки (ФОН) и Универзитетот „Св. Кирил и Методиј“ Скопје). Проф. д-р Бојан Карнаков, во име на жирито објасни дека: „Главната цел на конкурсот е да инспирира иновативни идеи за архитектонски и урбан дизајн што би го зајакнале чувството на заедница во јавните простори на делови од градот врежани во колективната меморија на Скопје; младите архитекти до 35-годишна возраст требаше да се фокусираат на повторно осмислување и/или преуредување на овие делови од градот, со цел да се создаде одржлива и инклузивна средина“.
The winning project “Lotus 4 Her”, created by the young architect Antonio Grujevski, represents a visionary landscape and restoration project aimed at strengthening green sustainability in the urban fabric of Skopje, while paying tribute to women architects, pioneers in the area, who played a key role in the reconstruction of post-earthquake Skopje in 1963. In his welcoming speech, Grujevski said: “In one month we are in 2024, and all politicians and some of our colleagues are still talking about Skopje 2014. The world is moving forward. Europe is moving forward. We have challenges with climate change, energy independence and pollution. These are challenges that we must focus on, and join the visions of the European Union.”
Изложбата во Централна Пошта ќе биде отворена за јавноста во наредните три дена, од вторник до четврток, од 12:00 до 15:00 часот.