“Sava” centar (or Sava Centre) is an international, congress, cultural and business centre, situated near the confluence of Sava and Danube Rivers. There is not a chance you’ll miss it: together with the “Continental” Hotel (now Crowne Plaza Belgrade) it represents a unique and immense architectural whole – the amazing, concrete state-owned mansion.
The construction of this complex lasted from 1976 until 1979, and the chief designer and team manager was Stojan Maksimović, the architect responsible for a number of great projects in Belgrade (here you can see how the “Sava” centar looked like at the end of ’70s). It was, and still is, a home of large-scale congress gatherings (the large performance/conference hall opened on the occasion of the 11th Congress of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia). No wonder: “Sava” centar is huge (100,000 square meters overall) – there is a big theatre (where a lot of music and film festivals take place), smaller conference halls, exhibition area, stores, a post office, coffee places, offices… Well, you can imagine.
However, I usually come here when there aren’t any events, so I can walk around freely and simply dive into the space itself: the hallways, shared areas, the restaurant (it isn’t usually working, but you can take a look at it from above). To be honest, FEST was what brought me here in the first place, but the building itself holds the atmosphere of a monumentally designed structure. In the most beautiful way – “Sava” centar is an architectural monster, which I love.