Architectural competition opened by the ABC.ba Association and Revizor Foundation for the conversion of the Water Tower in the Bihać settlement of Hatinac was concluded with the unanimous decision of the international 5-member Jury comprised of architect Mariana Bucat (Split, Croatia), art historian Claudia Zini (Trento, Italy), architect Miranda Veljačić (Split, Croatia), gallery owner Pierre Courtin (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lille, France) and Director of Bihać Region Infrastructure, the Railways of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Samir Alagić.
The Jury was faced with a difficult process of evaluation of 27 works submitted from several European countries. The studiousness and thoroughness of ideas exceeded our expectations so it was difficult to select the winners. The works were presented as Artifacts of the Future Past presented during March in the premises of the abandoned Workers’ Club of Kombiteks Textile factory in Bihać. We are taking this opportunity to thank to all the authors for their participation in the competition and the creative energy they have released.
The first place was won by the work Center authored by Ena Kukić and Dinko Jelečević – students of the second cycle of studies at the Technical University in Graz, Austria. This is how the winning team explained their vision of the future Water Tower: “The Center is a joint living room of its community. Its structure is part of industrial heritage, fully preserved in its form and with the exterior treated only with silver color. This new color accentuates its contemporary purpose and reflects the surrounding that challenges the interplay of integration and imitation of the context in which it is situated. The interior is designed with horizontal architectural elements, thus creating a gallery that links three stories into a single interior volume. This intervention turned the ground floor into a stage, while the upper floors became an auditorium. On the top floor there is an open library with studying area for individual and group use. The external part of the Center consists of a mobile café, set on a platform, and a small garden. The Center is the place where issues of relevance for the community will be debated. Art will be created and promoted on its stage or in the spiral gallery. Political initiatives will be promoted and school recitals held there. Press conferences are organized and instructions in mathematics will be given to pupils. A break from rafting will be taken here, and new journeys planned. Plants will be grown and consumed. Protest and celebrations will be organized. Let’s meet at the Center.”
Ena Kukić i Dinko Jelečević, Center, 2017.
The second place is won by the work A Tower in Garden authored by Matija Kraljić, student of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb. Kraljić describes his vision as follows: “With its form and closed area, the Water Tower is oxymoronic to the idea of a spontaneous collective. Every use assigned to it with an intention to activate it at the same time threatens to turn it into an institutional fortress. The project A Tower in Garden shifts the focus from the tower and its iconic look to everything that surrounds it. The tower itself opens up by cutting off the parapets of the existing windows and their mutual linking. The entrance door is connected with the window above into a gigantic aperture and thus opens up the ground floor to the environment. The spiral staircase links all the floors from ground floor to the roof and offers an alternative impression and evacuation path. The asymmetric garden is encircled by a curtain, and a continuous porch that opens up to the neighborhood. The garden and the porch are the extensions of the tower’s function and places of reassure of borderline between community and the interior of what was once the tower. The old-fashioned logo/inscription is there to confirm by analogy the abstract picture of social relations represented by the complex. In all of it, the tower ceases to be a monument and becomes a folie in the newly-created Internet for people, objects and events.”
The fund of 1,000 KM were allocated for the first two award, our which the first ranked work will receive 700 KM and the second-ranked 300 KM.
The following architects participated in the architectural competition for the re-design of Water Tower in the Bihać settlement of Hatinac: Ahmed Ibrahimpašić / Miron Ibrahimpašić (Bihać), Aldin Mahmutović / Lejla Bašanović (Pećigrad, Bihać), Amina Mihmić / Tarik Bosno (Vogošća, Ilidža), Amir Ramić (Bihać), Belma Zvizdić / Amina Kovačević (Čapljina, Trebinje), Bruno Bartulović / Mate Skoko (Split), Dalibor Knežević / Stanko Kovačević (Beograd), Daniel Keča (Bihać), Dijana Kudić (Bihać), Dobre Kote (Sarajevo), Dora Ramuščak / Josipa Slaviček / Margareta Šikuten (Čakovec, Split, Zagreb), Edis Vojić (Bihać), Emina Isić / Zerina Mrkonjić / Merima Tica / Nadina Čamdžić / Amina Bešić (Tuzla, Sarajevo, Jablanica, Sarajevo, Mostar), Ena Kukić / Dinko Jelečević (Graz), Filip Romić / Krešimir Romić (Zagreb), Laila Mušić (Bihać), Lejla Ćehajić / Mirza Hodžić (Bihać, Gračanica), Lejla Kargić (Travnik), Maja Bencetić (Zagreb), Marija Lukač / Dragana Ljuboja (Banjaluka, Prijedor), Matija Kraljić (Zadar), Narcisa Bašić Gaković / Selma Karačević Kapić / Ajla Čavkić (Sarajevo), Nataša Drašković / Živko Vasiljević / Nataša Stojančević (Zvornik, Brčko, Rogatica), Nebojša Jeremić / Neda Medić / Maja Medić / Đorđe Sebić (Banjaluka, Prijedor, Prijedor, Kotor Varoš), Nina Čačković (Chicago), Sijana Manso (Bihać), Thomas Stahlheber (Stadtecken-Elsheim).