The famous monument Dom Revolucije (Home of Revolution) in Nikšić, the second largest city in Montenegro is going to be reconstructed! The Slovenian arquitecture firm Sadar + Vuga and Swiss studio HFF won a competition to transform it!
The monument was first started to be built in September of 1978 for the 30th anniversary for the liberation of Nikšić from occupation by the Axis Powers after the Second World War . The Municipal Assembly voted to build a memorial to the fallen fighters for freedom and the socialist revolution. It was designed by Slovenian architect Marko Mušič to represent the socio-political structure of Nikšić, Montenegro and Yugoslavia. The dissolution of Yugoslavia and the general political environment made impossible for a small city like Nikšić to afford the cost of the construction of the monument.
It was going to be a house for a theatre, music school and event spaces. The construction stopped in 1989 when Yugoslavia disintegrated and it remained unfinished for 27 years!
Sadar + Vuga and HFF have the intention to do interventions in the design of Dom Revolucije and not a full change of it. The new building will host a cafe, events spaces and an underground car park. The designers said that the project will be an architectural hybrid that will combine the initial idea with the urban design. Such a project can deal with the current socio-political environment of Nikšić without ignoring its past. The advantage of this approach is that it is affordable and sustainable!
So Montenegro now is waiting for its new and modern monument to decorate Nikšić!