DIY Russia Project presentation in Rotterdam.

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Urban Incubator: Belgrade / A Model For Savamala


NL pavillion, St.Petersburg

TheCOLLECTIVEAMSTERDAM pavillion designed especially for the PROEstate fair, shows the recent work of this group. It serves as a open and welcoming place on the fair – inviting visitors as well as business aquaintances in a professional, but casual setting. TheCOLLECTIVE was happy to receive a lot of attention on the stand and the exhibited project. As a result, the stand was featured in the Russian media (press&TV) and received an award for the most creative stand at the International Real Estate investment Forum PROEstate; 2012.2012-Sep-StPete-237

Do It Yourself / Cделaй Cам

As part of TheCOLLECTIVEAMSTERDAM‘s appearance at the real estate fair PROEstate 2012 the project ‘DIY’ has been presented and exhibited in St.Petersburg – Russia. As a response to the current practice in urban development Boba Stanic, Klaas Kresse and Marta Bastos worked on a study for an alternative Development Strategy in the Russian context. The project shows a conceptual design of a sustainable, flexible, mixed use environment for the city of St.Petersburg. Next to other architects, planners and real-estate professionals, Dutch Consul General Jennes de Mol and Vice Consul General Klaas Huisman showed up at our stand at PROEstate.

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We were looking for the best possible sollutions for the site and the given programme. In order to find the optimal sollution for the shopping center we allowed ourself the freedom to look for configurations that go further than the mere placement of the shopping programme onto the site. We believe that this public building can play a key role in the development not only of the site itself but also for the surrounding area, the city and its stakeholders.


An architecture that combines the qualities of a well designed shopping center with additional public and private programme has a range of benefits for users , the city and investors. It will be attractive for a wider range of usergroups than initially intended, it will create a high quality public space for users and visitors that will remain attractive and competitive towards other shopping centers in the future. Therefore these proposals suggest a win win situation based on the synergy between different types of programme. Here we therefore explore the potential of these ingredients.


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Boba Stanic at ProEstate 2012 in St.Peterburg

For the second time, Boba Stanic is participating at the International Real Estate Investment Forum ProEstate.

Organized and produced by Government of St. Petersburg, Guild of Property Managers and Developers and the RF Ministry for Regional development.

12 – 14 September 2012. St.Petersburg, Russia.


Boba Stanic at ProEstate 2011 in St.Petersburg

Boba Stanic is participating at the International Real Estate Investment Forum ProEstate.

Organized and produced by Government of St. Petersburg, Guild of Property Managers and Developers and the RF Ministry for Regional development.

7- 9 September 2011. St.Petersburg, Russia.


“If We Want To”

The Lotus Project at the travelling exhibition “If We Want To” in the Skellefteå town-hall, produced by Virserum Art Museum. Opening March 18. 2011.


Private House, Wageningen NL

7 view before

100312 veerweg 99

100312 veerweg 99

6 street view after

April – October, 2010.
Gross sq.m 172m2
Status: build. Budget: conf.

Showroom at the Paris Fashion Week 2010

In September 2010 we were asked to design a showroom, for the Antwerp based fashion designer Marko Galovic on the Paris fashion week s/s 2011 woman, at Belgium showroom “Les Belges” in Paris. The task was to decorate one room and we proposed an “anti-interior” aproach. The space was completely wrapped in silver foil. This foil had a golden back side and it was visible from the street.

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October, 2010.
Gross sq.m 42,3
Perimeter 27200mm
Status: build. Budget: /


“HE Drina” HQ Building, Visegrad

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The Mehmed Paša Sokolovic bridge forms a structure of great cultural and historical importance for the republic of Bosnia & Herzegovina and specifically the city of Višegrad. The status of the bridge as a UNESCO world heritage as well as the Nobel-price winning book ‘The bridge over the river Drina’ playing on this bridge show the cultural/historical importance of the place.

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The importance of the bridge as a connector between the north- and the south shore of the river Drina is lost after the construction of the new bridge down the river. The bridge lost its function as a connector and remains as a rudiment of a historical infrastructure. The areas on the north and the south end of the bridge decayed. The abandoned gymnasium on the southern side and the lack of development on the northern side of the Drina proof this. The consequence of this would be a decay of the bridge in the future. With this decay would come the loss of the historical and cultural heritage.


The strategy we propose will revitalize the bridge and its surroundings by incorporating it into a new culture and tourism network. The new design for the square and the HE na Drini office building will turn this area into an attractive place for the locals as well as the tourists.

Our design proposes a building with a courtyard. By lifting up the front side of the volume the courtyard is opened towards the bridge, becoming an extension of the public square. The stone paving continues over the street into the courtyard leading visitors towards the entrance of the museum. The museum in the cantilever can be read as a modern reference to Mehmed Pasha Sokolovics’ construction. It is clearly visible from the bridge and invites the public with a welcoming and spectacular gesture into the courtyard. Also the entrance to the office building is situated towards the courtyard. The design consciously promotes mingling between local office workers and tourists in the courtyard and on the square.
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August, 2010.
Status: competition
In collaboration with space&mattersprikk and studio KU+

Study trip to Bosnia Herzegovina

Boba Stanic at study trip to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina with Sprikk (Rotterdam), Space&Matter (Amsterdam) and Studio KU+ (Amsterdam).



Article about Boba Stanic at Diane, A Shaded View on Fashion: Architecture & Design.


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Viserum Art Museum, Sweden


The organizers have settled on 42 projects that they feel best encapsulate the Architecture of Necessity. The selected projects will be part of WOOD 2010, Virserim’s Art Museum’s next major exhibition on wood, wood architecture and sustainable development. All 42 agencies are still in the running for three honorary mentions, to be announced by a jury of internationally renowned architects in August this year. The list of the selected agencies you can find here.

THE LOTUS PROJECT is to be seen at Architecture of Necessity in conjunction with the exhibition WOOD 2010 Virserum Art Museum, Sweden. 9. May – 19. September 2010.


Kiosk, Novi Sad

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The design was introduced in December 2010. Conceptual guideline was creating a simple, monolithic structure which would stand aside of the long, massive wall of the quay. It’s system is based on prefab wooden wall elements coated with a layer of white Corian. It supports range of diverse functions, such as information stand and the souvenir shop.

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The frontal elevation is made of five rotating walls, each of them carries one glass container used to store and display items in this shop. When the kiosk is open, these walls are open for 90 degrees.



December, 2010.
Gross sq.m: 9,8
Status: proposal / unbuilt


THE SOUVENIR SHOP design exhibition at DaNS Novi Sad, Serbia.
Project realization city of Novi Sad with USAID-MEGA Programe.

Gevel 2010 Rotterdam

Boba Stanic at group exhibition at GEVEL 2010 Ahoy-Rotterdam, Netherlands.

27 – 29 January 2010.

Boba Stanic to give a lecture at FADU

Conference and lecture at FADU-University of Buenos Aires Argentina.

04. April 2010.


THE LOTUS PROJECT at exhibition in Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, France.

April – September 2009.


Archiprix International 2009

The Archiprix International 2009
Workshop at the Faculty of Architecture Montevideo, Urguay



The Happily Ever After Chair


This chair is a fraction of the high-speed study held in my atelier in Amsterdam at the end of 2008. The aim of the workshop was to develop hybrids whose geometry and aesthetic values would mirror sentiment created by the economical crisis launched the same year. The HAPPILY EVER AFTER CHAIR integrates two second-hand (Swedish Windsor) chair skeletons with the single seating.
The seating board is made of WPC (wood-plastic composite) plate molded with simulated wood texture details. The recycling method allows us to use a variety of dimensions and materials. This chair is made of 100% recycled elements which makes it an extremely eco friendly object.

Reclaiming someone’s wrecked (but favorite) chairs; therefore converting it into a new object is something I would call a recycling of the past. It is a new piece but it confronts their user with recognizable shape and it makes us more aware, a participant in the process.

Components & Characteristics:
Re-used wooden frame; WPC (wood-plastic composite) plate dim.120x50x2;
Easy to assemble, maintain and clean.


March, 2008.
Status: build prototype.

Presentation at Faculty for Architecture, Ljubljana

Presentation and exhibition at Faculty for Architecture in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

To be seen from 15-22 January 2009.


THE LOTUS PROJECT in Saint-Etienne, France

Exhibition at Biennale Internationale du Design de Saint-Etienne France:

15-30 November 2008.


Exhibition at CIVA Centre International pour la Ville et l’Architecture, Bruxelles Belgium.
Exhibition hall of the Conseil Economique et Social Européen:

29 September – 8 November 2008.


THE LOTUS PROJECT at the Venice Achitecture Biennale, Italy

THE LOTUS PROJECT at International Biennale of Architecture in Venice Italy.
Preview at IUAV Istituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia Italy: 11-21 September 2008.

Financial Times

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Natural habitats

The Biennale de l’Habitat Durable showcases pioneering architecture with a social conscience. By Carolyn Reynier

Green and social issues are increasingly a part of the design zeitgeist. And the degree to which they have engaged architecture students is revealed by the results of new competition to design a minimalist leisure house for the 21st century.

“For this generation, free time seems to lose its value if it is not associated with an activity on behalf of the environment and society,” says Jana Revedin, the curator of the contest. Many students, she noted, incorporated their houses into a environmental projects, and combined their ideas on housing with research about the homeless and about refugees.

Models of the 10 winning projects on display at the Biennale de l’Habitat Durable in Grenoble, France. Students had access to Network 12, an online database created in 2006 and shared by leading European Universities on Sustainable Architecture; the competition was launched the following year by Gau:di (Governance, Architecture and Urbanism: a Democratic Interaction), founded in 2000 to promote sustainable architecture in the construction of buildings dedicated to recreation. The criteria for the jury of architects from Munich, Grenoble, Venice, Berlin and Paris were quality of integration into the area or into urban infrastructures; functional flexibility; balance between history and invention (structure, construction, materials); and use of energy and resources.

The top three projects are Pallet-House, Urban Space Recycling and Habiter le Paysage. Pallet-House is by Austrians Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Gregor Pils of the Vienna Technical University. “The base material for a house is 800 pallets, so you can construct it anywhere,” they explain. “No long journeys are involved because pallets can be found in lots of countries.” The simple structure of the building allows different uses. “Changing the footprint easily, we can adapt the building to various conditions – as a weekend home but also as the minimum cell for refugee camps and slums.”

Urban Space Recycling by Martin Zanolin and Markus Bohn, at the same university, makes use of a small gap between two residential buildings. “It doesn’t make sense to drive hours to reach a sustainably developed house,” they say. “Prefab wood elements with cellulose insulation provide a highquality thermal envelope.” Amata Zdziobeck studies at Saint-Etienne’s Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture (ENSA) in central France. Her project, Habiter le Paysage, is a stopover for walkers and stands on a former vineyard in the Drobie Valley in the Parc Naturel des Monts d’Ardèche. The nearby Sentier des Lauzes is a famous path uniting local residents, ramblers and artists around a common desire to protect and enhance the area’s natural heritage, she says, so “the buildings form a thin mineral and timber ribbon along the stone terracing walls, creating temporarily habitable constructions with no distinction between indoor and outdoor living.” Two projects received special distinction: Crex Crex, the brainchild of Matic Pajnik and Ajda Primociz (Fakulteti za arhitekturo, Ljubljana) “for the project’s sensitive approach to the environment, subtlety and reversibility” and Vlor-e, conceived by Federica Pompejano, Fabrizio Polimone, Nicola Gnes and Gianluca Motto (Università deglistudi di Genova) “for the creation of spaces for social life and urban leisure on Albania’s harbour side zones”. Ornithologists know that Crex Crex is the corncrake, a bird much in need of protection. The students have designed houses for an “unobtrusive tourism resort” in the wetlands of the Cerkniko Polje area of Slovenia, where the corncrake is prevalent. Each house has been planned as an observatory “offering breathtaking views in every direction”. The Italians’ project aims to “limit current speculative use of the precious Albanian coastal area”. Their prefabricated floating deck systems, designed using local materials and technology, provide summer residential units and, in winter, a public space for local youngsters. Jean Denis Becart (ENSA Nancy) has chosen an eco-hamlet of leisure homes on the Mille-Etangs plateau in the Parc Naturel des Ballons des Vosges, in eastern France, as the likely location for Nature-Sculpture, his lakeside larch and pine hut built on wooden s t i l t s . Hi s scheme was inspired by the need “to preserve and value the natural environment”. In contrast, fellow student Clotilde Chardon’s project , “Un toi t , un jeu d’ombres et de lumière”, is a threeunit extension to an existing plateau hamlet offering “discovery of the local culture”. A glass and metal home by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid) was conceived for a site in front of Granada’s Alhambra. “Calipoo House is a concept that fits everywhere, especially in those places where a conventional building can be a negative visual impact,” he explains. The cubic residence is built on a concrete platform that moves vertically between different levels, sinking into the ground to offer protection from the sun and reduce its visual impact. The Lotus Project by Serbian student Slobodan Stanic (Academie van Bouwkunst Arnhem, Netherlands) is a “sustainable, movable house” made from recycled plastic waste for refugees. Shell House, by American student Philip Tidwell (Helsinki University of Technology), has a wooden outer shell protecting it against weather and vandalism when the home is not in use and creating a useful sun porch during summertime periods of occupation.

The Centre International pour la Ville, l’Architecture et le Paysage (CIVA, Brussels) is responsible for the general co-ordination of the Gau:di programme in co-operation with the Architecture Foundation (UK), Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine (France), Fundació Mies van der Rohe (Spain), The Lighthouse (UK) and the Museum of Finnish Architecture; the Royal Institute of British Architects is a partner. A second group of over 50 European architectural Associated Partners includes representatives from Italy, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Germany.

After Grenoble, the competition models will be exhibited at Venice’s Biennale of Architecture in September and then at events in Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Ljubljana.

Biennale de l’habitat durable, until June 19, Grenoble, France,

THE LOTUS PROJECT in Grenoble, France

Preview exhibition at the Biennale de l’ Habitat durable of Grenoble, France.

Centre d’exposition de la Plate-forme: 22 May – 19 June 2008.

Een Tempeltje voor de stad

Competition and preview exhibition at Centrum Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht: ‘bouwen voor de geest – een tempeltje voor de stad’.

THE LOTUS PROJECT nomination for Archiprix International

The Lotus Project nomination for Archiprix International 2009 by Arnhem Architecture Academy, Netherlands.




Competition entry ‘bouwen voor de geest – een tempeltje voor de stad’ Dordrecht, Netherlands.



De temple of colours staat tussen de bomen in de kloostertuin. De tempel is opgetild ten opzichte van het maaiveld en bestaat uit drie lagen van elk twaalf identieke translucente cellen, gegroupeerd rond een vide naar de hemel toe.


Het gebouw is gebaseerd op het eeuwenoude principe van centraliteit. Sacrale bouwwerken van de verschillendste religies kennen de ideale plattegrond van ruimtes gegroepeerd rond een centrale, hoge en lege ruimte.

De bezoeker van de kloostertuin wordt verleid om zich via de wenteltrap te verheven boven het maaiveld, naar boven getrokken door de lichttrechter. Naar overbrugging van het eerste hoogteverschil is alleen nog de hemel boven de bezoeker te zien en verlangzaamt de weg. Op deze manier ontstaat een geleidelijke overgang van buiten naar binnen en kan de bezoeker zijn tempo fysiek en mentaal verlangzamen.


De verschillend kleurige cellen nodigen de bezoeker uit tot zijn eigen spirituele belevenis. Zij bieden de ruimte om individueel bij zijn relatie tot het hogere stil te staan. De bezoeker mag zijn eigen cel kiezen en hier een willekeurige tijd verblijven om na te denken, te bidden of te mediteren.

De cellen maken tegelijkertijd onderdeel uit van een groter geheel. De temple of colours is een klooster in de kloostertuin en symboliseert het universele karakter van spiritualiteit.


De cellen zijn gematerialiseerd van translucent composiet in verschillende kleuren, geplaatst in een eenvoudig stalen rek met een centrale stalen spiltrap. De lichtschacht bestaat uit translucent pvc doek, onder en boven bevestigd aan de stalen ring van de basisconstructie.


Door de translucente wanden van de cellen wordt het daglicht gefilterd tot een vervreemdend effect. S’nachts straalt de temple of colours als een lantaarn af op de kloostertuin.

October, 2007.
Gross sq.m ca. 500
Status: competition. Budget: /

THE LOTUS PROJECT is shortlisted by GAU:di

THE LOTUS PROJECT is selected as one of the 10 best European sustainable projects by GAU:di supported by CITE Paris.


THE LOTUS PROJECT at Mikser Festival Belgrade

Presentation at Ghost Project multimedia installation set up by the
Mikser studio, Belgrade.



Study on new housing types and standards in the Roma settlements in East Europe.


In 1990ies, during long-lasting political instabilities, nearly 5000 Roma from all over the ex-Yugoslavia have moved to Novi Sad in Serbia, to the one of the biggest unauthorized settlements in town called Mali Beograd (Petite Belgrade). Many of them still live in their houses made mostly out of waste and due to the poor maintenance they are in urgent need of reconstruction. However the acute housing problems in unauthorized settlements are completely left behind by establishment in Eastern Europe and that gave me motivation to develop a project on this subject. The location Mali Beograd served me as a study base. It has provided me with all sufficient information about population trends, economy, history, culture.


This group’s main earnings are from collecting and selling used cardboard, iron and glass. Therefore I decided to use that commercial circle and suggest the system that would involve plastics too. Authorized company would recycle it, transforming it into small house units.


As a result, The Lotus Project becomes a sustainable plan, promoting recycling building technique, using PET and HDPE plastics (along with its sources) as main building matter. PET is excellent barrier material, here used as a heat insulation layer on the outside of the object. HDPE is strong material used for construction elements.


The toilet is the heart and the motor of the house; it is proposed as central part of the object. Biodegradable wastes are collected in a reservoir underneath the floor where the biogas is produced. It supplies the household with adequate energy for cooking and heating. Unexploited gas is stored in a balloon structure placed on the roof.  The Balloon also demonstrates the size of the family, nutrition value of the food they eat, their wealth…

Because of its multi-layered conception, The Lotus Project represents alternative for settlers in case of a new exodus as well as option for better living quality in settlement self.

Another additional information is about the name I gave to this project. The lotus flower is exquisite plant; it has its roots in the mud but blooms above the water without becoming wet or dirty. It is a natural symbol for the person seeking release, who should live in the world free of restrictions.

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Boba Stanic Architect in Belgrade, Serbia

Preview exhibition and work presentation at Belgrade Design Week 2007.