February 28, 2009

25 May Sportcenter in Belgrade

This is the second post about Ivan Antic's great buildings. The first was about the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here a fantastic building on the Danube river: the May 25 Sports & Recreation Centre that hosts a sports hall, open and indoor swimming pools, a restaurant with a bowling hall, a sauna and outdoor sports grounds.

It was projected and designed by Ivan Antic (1923-2005) and construction took place from 1973-75.

The highlight of the building is the restaurant supported on 19 m cantilevers that gives a special feature to this architectural piece!

The roof of the covered Olympic swimming pool is made of prestressed concrete hyperbolic parabolic shell, 7 cm thick on the rhombus base, with the span over the longer diagonal 107 m and over the shorter 60 m.

In the lowest points of the roof shell the inclined columnal "abutments'' are formed witch are interconnected by prestressed concrete tie beams.
A little bit of renobvation is planned and going on.

all photo's by www.ostarchitektur.com

25 May Sportcenter
Tadeuša Košćuška 63,


  1. I remember the first time I saw this building! I don't know why, but it made me smile!


  2. Thank you Adam. Indeed the building looks like a friendly creature from cartoon network!