Results of the innovation challenge for reconstruction of the Španjola Fortress
Montenegro's rich cultural heritage is a part of the country’s unique appeal. Herceg Novi, the city of fortresses and towers – is home to some of the most precious monuments of our history. One of its landmarks is the Spanish fortress, or locally known as Španjola. Over the past decades, negligence and the lack of investment tainted its glory – but the Ministry of Culture and UNDP joined their forces to revive it. We launched an innovation challenge to engage with architects, professional associations, institutions and companies – and give these old walls a whole new purpose.
We received 18 competition entries from over 60 architects clustered in teams, coming from Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Austria. The jury, professionals from different fields of architectural expertise, selected the best and most innovative solutions.
The winners availed themselves of a sizeable prize fund in the total amount of 24,000 USD:
- I prize: US$ 15,000.00 for the team under code 3003
- II prize: US$ 6,000.00 for the contestant under the code URBSH0808
- III prize: US$ 3,000.00 under code the 85340
The winning team (code 3003) is comprised of architects: Nikola Novaković, Marija Novaković, Bogdan Kušević, Đina Prnjat, Nikoleta Savić, Saša Radojković, Nemaja Mitrović, Katarina Pašić - from Montenegro.
The concept is based on the overlapping and constant interaction between the future and the past, their final meeting point, where in two layers of time have been clearly defined, aiming to speak of their respective periods. This proposal presents a contemporary architectural intervention of reversible character. The originality of aesthetic expression is achieved by combining preservation of the existing structures with translucent polycarbonate defining the contours of the missing parts. The visually unimposing material is partly transparent, of great thermal and fireproof performances. It provides artists with diffused light during the day, and a constant interaction between the interior and the exterior. Users have access to infinity in a limited space, they are granted freedom!