Register: MAY/21/2020, Submit: MAY/21/2020, Eligibility: Architects, urban planners; legal and natural persons, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize: 30,000 EUR, 2nd Prize: 15,000 EUR, 3rd Prize: 7,500 EUR, Honorable Mentions
Banja Luka’s strategic goal is to become a developed capital of the Republic, a regional center in the Southeastern Europe, and a modern, European city. Among its developmental focuses towards the implementation of these strategic goals are the plans for strategic development of culture, tourism and services. Banja Luka already has dozens of cultural institutions and organizations, an increasingly vibrant cultural scene, a developed and even more demanding audience for cultural events. Such an environment also requires new, adequate facilities for concerts, theatre pays, operas, exhibitions, events of various kinds, therefore, a new and larger concert hall and theater hall. The existing capacities of the Banski Dvor or the city theaters, as the epicenter of indoor cultural events, have long been insufficient.
Also, for economic development, as well as for the development of congress and conference tourism, and various manifestations, fairs, ceremonies, celebrations, commemorations of significant events and persons, promotions and similar events, there has long been a need for adequate facilities in the City, where a large number of participants would be able to hold plenary sessions or work in workshops/panels at the same time. Therefore, there is a need for a congress/conference center with the associated facilities.
Nowadays, Banja Luka is rapidly evolving and obtaining new outlines, urban units, new postcard images for the 21st century, and a project of a multifunctional congress/conference/concert hall has all the attributes of becoming a new functional and aesthetic, recognizable epitome and symbol of the City.
After the largest city bridge, whose construction will commence in 2020, and the urban area remodeling project the city center, this is going to be the third major 21st century facility/project.
Planned plot surface of the Multifunctional hall / congress center: 8,508 m2
Parameters based on the existing regulation documents:
- Exploitation coefficient: 4.2
- Lot coverage: 0.8
- Aboveground gross floor area: 35,000 m2
- Minimum of green area: 20%
The complex is planned to be constructed between Mladen Stojanovic Park, Olimpic Winners Street and Boulevard of Serbian army, which is M4 road direction. Immediate proximity of significant, but versatile facilities of the complex adds to the site’s favorable position for such purposes as it is close to the Republic of Srpska Government Building, City stadium, park “Mladen Stojanovic” and the shopping mall “Delta planet”.
The multifunctional hall / congress center in Banja Luka has the role of develop ment engine of one segment of tourism and cultural offer of the City of Banja Luka. The complex in question should be multipurpose and it should aim at enhancing not only the city`s, but also the regional potentials. Its purpose, capacities, spatial structure and form should add to its general surroundings and make them dynamic, development oriented, inclusive and sustainable. Banja Luka`s huge congress tourism potential should be materialized with this project`s implementation.
The expected effects of the facilities` construction are expected to be also promotional, economic, financial, cultural and political.
Banja Luka is situated within an imaginary triangle formed by the regional metropolises Belgrade (Serbia), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Zagreb (Croatia). This considerably adds to the city’s strategic position on the Balkans Peninsula. Relative proximity between Banja Luka and the mentioned cities creates conditions for increased number of visits to the complex. The offered facilities have the potential to also attract visitors form wider region, Central Europe, Mediterranean and the Middle East.
The complex with multifunctional hall/congress center should satisfy the following purposes:
- Concert, opera, ballet and theater
- Other cultural activities
- Congress tourism
- Administrative activity
- Commercial activity
- Media Centre
The above listed facilities are articulated within architectural and spatial structures at location and represent one spatial element consisting of the following segments:
- Congress-concert center with multipurpose hall with 1,500 seats
- Small concert hall with 200 seats
- Working space for philharmonic
- Theater hall with 700 seats
- Exhibition hall for permanent and occasional exhibitions
- Administration section
- Press center
- Restaurants, coffee shops
- Auxiliary facilities
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