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Ena Kukić and Dinko Jelečević

Ena Kukić

Froelichgasse 60, Graz, Austria
Ena Kukić and Dinko Jelečević (born 1990) are young Bosnian architects currently living in Graz, Austria. Together they worked on several international and state competitions and were awarded prizes for every one of them. Their work tackles the contested living in post-transitional Bosnia and Herzegovina, and they actively participate in public discourse on the topic of collective memory in architecture.

Remembering Future


KRAK Center for Contemporary Culture Bihać

Remembering Future


KRAK Center for Contemporary Culture Bihać
Revival of Kombiteks Workers' Club (KRAK) building as part of the spatial framework of the collective memory for the inhabitants of Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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"It is not only about reusing mere physical structures, but about preserving and continuation of the collective memory of certain building." (from the Jury Statement / KRAK won Collegium Artisticum National Prize for the best Idea)

Formerly a place for workers to socialize and emancipate, then a transitional ruin, and in recent years an alternative site of cultural activism, KRAK now becomes an incubator for the new activities of the Bihać community.

This multidisciplinary project brought together art historians, architects, civil engineers and graphic designers to articulate the new identity and purpose of the building that system has failed but society has spontaneously recognized in recent years.

With its architectural activation, the building contributes to the practice of resisting the cultural devaluation in Bosnian post-transitional society and becomes a new space for much needed social engagement, striving to inspire management of neglected industrial heritage.


Rendering: main facade;
*Recognizing the value of the stone facade cladding (local bihacit stone) and the concrete frieze as the bearer of the building's character; complementing them with redesigned openings whose division scale will counteract the fine stone cladding

Rendering: gallery;
*This gallery space is the bearer of the new identity of the object, and its concrete floor extends throughout the rest of the building, reflecting that identity elsewhere. Simple lighting and exhibit solutions are complemented by wooden frames in an attempt to create inner micro spaces. These exhibition frames seek to translate the facade openings into the interior language, symbolically pointing to windows in the art world.

Rendering: foyer;
*Spatial organization supplements a clear indigenous layout of the premises, and connects the three blocks of the building with the central reception and foyer area. This core of KRAK is visually characterized by the overwhelming presence of wood, while the former identity of the textile industry is reinterpreted by the textile luminaries of strong forms that connect the undecorated space beneath.

Remembering Future


KRAK Center for Contemporary Culture Bihać

Remembering Future


KRAK Center for Contemporary Culture Bihać
Revival of Kombiteks Workers' Club (KRAK) building as part of the spatial framework of the collective memory for the inhabitants of Bihać (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

"It is not only about reusing mere physical structures, but about preserving and continuation of the collective memory of certain building." (from the Jury Statement / KRAK won Collegium Artisticum National Prize for the best Idea)

Formerly a place for workers to socialize and emancipate, then a transitional ruin, and in recent years an alternative site of cultural activism, KRAK now becomes an incubator for the new activities of the Bihać community.

This multidisciplinary project brought together art historians, architects, civil engineers and graphic designers to articulate the new identity and purpose of the building that system has failed but society has spontaneously recognized in recent years.

With its architectural activation, the building contributes to the practice of resisting the cultural devaluation in Bosnian post-transitional society and becomes a new space for much needed social engagement, striving to inspire management of neglected industrial heritage.


Rendering: main facade;
*Recognizing the value of the stone facade cladding (local bihacit stone) and the concrete frieze as the bearer of the building's character; complementing them with redesigned openings whose division scale will counteract the fine stone cladding

Rendering: gallery;
*This gallery space is the bearer of the new identity of the object, and its concrete floor extends throughout the rest of the building, reflecting that identity elsewhere. Simple lighting and exhibit solutions are complemented by wooden frames in an attempt to create inner micro spaces. These exhibition frames seek to translate the facade openings into the interior language, symbolically pointing to windows in the art world.

Rendering: foyer;
*Spatial organization supplements a clear indigenous layout of the premises, and connects the three blocks of the building with the central reception and foyer area. This core of KRAK is visually characterized by the overwhelming presence of wood, while the former identity of the textile industry is reinterpreted by the textile luminaries of strong forms that connect the undecorated space beneath.


Idea by

Ena Kukić and Dinko Jelečević
Ena Kukić
Froelichgasse 60
Graz
Austria
Ena Kukić and Dinko Jelečević (born 1990) are young Bosnian architects currently living in Graz, Austria. Together they worked on several international and state competitions and were awarded prizes for every one of them. Their work tackles the contested living in post-transitional Bosnia and Herzegovina, and they actively participate in public discourse on the topic of collective memory in architecture.