BEYOND THE FACADE

BEYOND THE FAÇADE. TOWARDS CIVIC GROUND FLOOR

a project for the Macedonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018


Originally built in the 70’s as the seat of the League of Communists of Macedonia by architect Petar Mulichkovski, the governmental building was one of the victims of the ‘antique-isation’ project “Skopje 2014”. The remake not only changed the identity of the building but imposed a completely different character to the overall surrounding public space. Our proposal is an attempt to sketch a scenario for the process of undoing and restoring, as a public event for re-examining the ideas of openness and freedom. Thinking about the public space around the government as an integral and inseparable part of the city, it is necessary to negotiate between the physical, symbolic and programmatic characters of the two opposites: the holders of executive power and / vs. the civic nature of the park. Placing a scaffolding around the building is a spatial gesture that protects the “skin” in which the building is captured, while at the same time emphasizing the meaning of the public space which derives from the conflict of these opposites and the uneasy closeness in which they persist.

authors: Vlado Danailov, Mila Dimitrovska, Gordan Vitevski