Reuse of the Dom Revolucije
The Home of the Revolution was built as a memorial to the fallen fighters of the socialist revolution in Nikšić, Slovenia. First conceived in 1974 on the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Nikšić, the Municipal Assembly voted to build the memorial with work commencing in 1978. The design was authored by Slovenian architect Marko Mušič. After 11 years, construction was suspended and the memorial was left unfinished to remain in an indeterminate state. The Montenegro Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism launched a competition in 2016 to transform the existing building and Nikšić. The competition was won with a collaboration between SADAR+VUGA, Swiss firm HHF Architects and local partner Archichon.
Their proposal is a simple and pragmatic formula, that left 70% of inaccessible—visible and unusable, ready for possible adaptations in the future, making 20% accessible and secured as a public space, and leaving 10% to be reprogrammed by new plug-in activators, such as a café, an auditorium, offices for university and non-governmental organizations, commercial spaces, a fitness etc.
SADAR+VUGA was founded by Jurij Sadar and Boštjan Vuga in Ljubljana in 1996. Over nearly two decades it has focused on open, innovative, and integral architectural design and urban planning. The office has been driven by a quest for quality. They carry a strong belief that forward-leaping architectural production contributes to our well-being, and generates a sensitive and responsive development of the physical context we live in—broadening our imagination and stimulating our senses.
Their portfolio of built work ranges from innovative town planning to public space sculpture, from interactive new public buildings to interventions within older existing structures. Their client base reflects their diversity of built and project experience: ranging from Municipal Councils and Central Government to encompass national and private arts bodies and multinationals to the best developers in Slovenia and abroad.