BELGRADE (RS) - It all began with two Dutch buildings, both completed in 1997: the Educatorium in Utrecht, by OMA, and the Villa VPRO broadcasting company headquarters and studios in Hilversum, by MVRDV. Both buildings are characterized by large, open spaces connected to one another by a fluid, curved floor/facade plate of concrete.
Since then, the organic serpentine form has become a regular feature in contemporary architecture. All over Europe, and beyond, one finds buildings composed of one continuous, fluid line. A recent example of the genre is the Red Stripe office building in New Belgrade. What makes this particularly striking is the colour of the line – bright red – deliberately chosen in order to signal a break with the dreary grey character of the post-war, predominantly concrete buildings of New Belgrade. This office building is intended to set the tone for the further development of the business centre.