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Vuk Radović Portfolio

Urban Design

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Grimshaw architects won the compe on to design the masterplan for the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club for the year 2020. The tennis complex in its current state is ageing rapidly and the AELTC need to keep up with the other major tennis tournaments around the world in order to provide the best possible tennis for the spectator.



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The exis ng masterplan of the site, which was implemented in the 80’s had not provided enough flexibility and forward thinking for a tournament of Wimbledon’s scale and a new spectator friendly urban design solu on was requested. The Grimshaw concept revolves around the separa on of the back of house and the front of house accommoda on, and an easy legible circula on and movement strategy that places the no on of ‘tennis in a English garden’ at the forefront of any design the decision. Conceptually several areas of the site are being raised, allowing for several basement levels for back of house ac vi es and an unclu ered ground plane to be enjoyed by the public. The removal and reloca on of several secondary and ter ary, non-tennnis func oning buildings allows for a clearer hierarchy of uses, and large expanses of grass and greenery. The main altera ons are the Millennium building refurbishment, interior redesign of the Clubhouse and a new retractable No.1 Court roof.

Loca on: Wimbledon, UK Type: Tennis Grand Slam complex Period: 2012-2020 Role: Team Member


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The Swayer development company of Hong Kong hired Heatherwick studio to design a new internalised walkway to connect three exisƟng and two proposed buildings in the their new Taikoo development east of Hong Kong central business district. The project was conceived as a Ňowing accordion shaped bridge which expands when in contact with the buildings or exisƟng walkways, and shrinks between them. The urban square in the centre, with its epicentre and radial lines, gives the cuts to the walkways which maintain open column less facades towards the centre and opaque sides facing outwards. The original idea was that if standing in the centre of structure the walkway would open up to the visitor from a single point like St. Peters square in the VaƟcan.

Loca on: Hong Kong, HK Type: Walkway Bridge Period: 2012 - 2016 Total Area: 4,000 sqm Role: Team member Pre-planning approval Heatherwick Studio Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2013©




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Venice remains genuine; it frames some normal lives, of some normal people; Vene ans; Venice is a hub of a genuine, local urbanity an extraordinary example of con nuity and resilience, resistance born of difference (à la Michel de Certeau). Venice is alive - despite all of its deathly, world fame In this project we offer a design strategy for Venice for the Vene ans ideas for Venice, a design invita on for Vene ans, for those whose whole lives unfold there. This project seeks beauty; the beauty of everyday, small, dense, intense Venice. It calls for the beginning of the process of conscious discovery of small spaces, small opportuni es for everyday lives of Vene ans, with hope to ac vate their own, unpreten ous, bo om-up crea vi es, to produce quality which only local knowledge and sensibili es can imagine, create and - live; ours small design gestures are aimed to s mulate.

Loca on: Venice, Italy Type: City scale master plan Period: 2011 Role: Advisor, Director CO+LABO

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A compe on for the redevelopment of a brown field ex-tabacco plant on the outskirts of Bologna, Italy. The project brief required the site to be sustainably redeveloped in to research laboratories and offices to be shared between approximately a dozen private and government agencies, including local government offices and a university. The total site area is 10 hectares, with a maximum new structure capacity of 90,000m3. The strategy for this project has been conserva on and restora on of almost all the exis ng on-site buildings, including the beau ful structure of the Cappanone Bo as originally designed by the Italian engineer Nervi. New program has been carefully places inside the exis ng shells as to minimise the need for new material use and sustainable re-use of exis ng on site materials from the surrounding buildings. The projects design aesthe c has been derived from a ‘green-belt’ which encompasses the site, allowing for greenery not only to be landscape elements, but also ac ve architectural language for the main building’s roof and approach. The rolling green ‘hills’ on the edge of the plaza area is a par cular highlight as they are not only landscape elements but also house programs such as a bus terminals, entrances to the large underground carpark and bike parking facili es.

Loca on: Bologna, Italy Type: Urban scale brown-field redevelopment, medical facili es. Period: August 2011 - December 2011 Status: Awai ng compe on results Total Area: 10 hectares. My Role: Co-team leader KKAA Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2011©


This was a conceptual exploraƟon of development potenƟal of the very special site in the vicinity of central Melbourne – Maribyrnong, or M’nong. The locaƟon was occupied by military industrial faciliƟes and, as such, out of reach for public. Having been decommissioned, this attracƟve site opens possibiliƟes which go far beyond those of ordinary developments. The proposal was mulƟ-scale, spanning strategic urban design scales and fine urban design proposals, and addressing discrete architectural typologies for concrete pieces of architecture. The key concept was formulaƟng as “Designing Lifestyles – l’art de vivre”. The approach was based on Radical Realism, the praxis of eco-urbanity which is co+labo a patent approach. Radical Realism implies that, in order to be realisƟc today, we have to act in the ways which radically depart from from those which were considered appropriate even in our nearest past. The criƟcal Radical realism statement, applied across the scheme, is that the quality and the character of everyday life, together with spaƟal expressions of ordinary acƟviƟes are going to be the measure of success or failure on the road towards sustainable development.

LocaƟon: Melbourne, Australia Type: Urban design Period: March 2010 - ongoing Status: Ongoing consulƟng Total Area: 10.5 hectares My Role: Consultant CO+LABO Vuk Radovic - Porƞolio 2011©


Melbourne is a city with tramways, like arteries, taking thousands of people to work, recrea on or nightlife every day. The state government of Victoria, along with the City of Melbourne, released a tender regarding a feasibility study in to different op ons of increasing Melbourne’s residen al density, without placing a burden on the already struggling roads network. The strategy adopted was to propose an increase in height regula ons around tram corridors and an increase in tram services. Modelled on the principals of great European ci es, such as Barcelona and Paris, the approach taken was to suggest increasing the height regula ons, in concentric circles, around tram stops from the usual 2-3 storeys, up to 6-8. This strategy has now been adopted by the government and should begin being implemented in the near future.

Loca on: Melbourne, Australia Type: Urban Design Period: 2007 - 2008 Role: Team member Arup

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Central Brisbane is divide in to two physical halves because of large canyon like sunken train corridor. Although clever in its design in rela on to the reduc on of train collisions, the train line is an eyesore. The design of the Brisbane Valley Metro greening was a very simple one. We suggested using the corridor as a strip of urban crop, and a green snake which cuts the city in two. The roofing structure, which drawn through parametric design designated certain species of vegetables to certain parts of the roof, so as to have a wide variety of plan ng along the rail. The metro was covered with a mesh which served as the base for the lightweight plan ng.

Loca on: Brisbane, Australia Type: Urban Design Period: 2008 - 2009 Role: Designer Arup

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The compeƟƟon brief required a design for researcher housing in the North of Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, with minimal energy consumpƟon during the winter months. Hokkaido, the coldest part of Japan, which ruƟnely reaches in excess of negaƟve 30 degrees celcius in winter, is a unique eco-system that requires researchers, such as biologist, to spend several months in the harshest of climates during the winter months. The design focuses on the site’s horse throughbred farming as the basis of the concept. The horses, which are currently housed in seperate stables are placed on the ground floor of the building, while the human occupants directly above. The heat released from the horses is used to heat the rooms above as well as the thermal mass of the walls. The walls are made of locally sourced Ɵmber, in a shelf type arrangement, with the shelves filled with coal. The coal is used to extract the moisture from the stables on the ground floor, releaving the smell from the animals, and is used to give the structure much needed thermal insulaƟon. This coal, as seen in the diagrams above, is used as ferƟliser in the summer months, once fully absborbed with moisture and redistributed on the site as plant ferƟliser to grow crops and grass for the horses to consume; thus closing the eco-system with 60%-80% of the coal being bio-degradble and the rest used for lighƟng fire during the winter.

LocaƟon: Hokkaido, Japan Type: ResidenƟal, Horse Stables Period: April 2012 (compeƟƟon stage) - December 2012 (construcƟon compleƟon) Status: CompeƟƟon Win - ConstrucƟon My Role: Director CO+LABO Vuk Radovic - Porƞolio 2012 ©


The commission for the Chengdu Bridge “ONE” by the hotel group Mandarin Oriental, and their development company YJX began upon the Chinese Government’s request to have a modern landmark on the Jin river, not far from the historic Anshun Bridge (安顺桥). The project, which is an annex to a proposed hotel development, serves not only as an extension of the hotel, but also as a public walkway, promenade and river crossing. A careful study of the rela onships between the private hotel programs, such as the grand ballroom, the semi-private restaurant facili es and the public museum produced a scheme which places the pedestrian visitor at the foreground. The design of the building is a reinterpreta on of the tradi onal Chinese fan, which is also the symbol of the Mandarin oriental group. The fan shape has been modified as to allow for cavi es and planes between the folds of the fan, so as to allow for enclosed programs, as well as open air parks. The majority of the roof structure has been covered in bamboo and low lying grass, which extends the bamboo forest axis further south of the site. The bamboo being another symbol of Chengdu. The overall scheme aims at a high level of sustainable design, where almost all the water gathered from the vast green expanses is stored and re-used, which long eaves, louvres and PVC cells allow for passive solar hea ng and cooling.

Loca on: Chengdu, China Type: Bridge, including commercial Period: April 2011 - ongoing Status: Schema c Design Total Area: 4500m2 My Role: Team Leader KKAA Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2011©


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The chosen loca on for the museum gives us the opportunity to create a system and a network of public spaces, each with a different and singular character, connec ng the exis ng city centre of Dundee to the new cultural facility embodied by the V&A. This network of quality public spaces includes the Railway Sta on’s square (which will be renovated in the near future), the Urban Plaza proposed on the east of the Discovery (both in direct rela on with the river and s ll part of the urban fabric) and finally the new Museum Plaza which will reshape the riverside of Dundee, providing a new focal into the river and which will be not only a superb open space for museum’s temporary exhibi on, “summer pavilions” and events, but also a real public square for all ci zens and visitors to enjoy the river.

Loca on: Scotland, United Kingdom Type: Museum Period: June 2010 - ongoing Total Area: 6000m2 KKAA

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The Koc Museum of Contemporary Art was a closed compeƟƟon for a 11,300sqm gallery, theatre and black-box in Istanbul, Turkey. The concept behind our design was stylised modern interpretaƟon of a tradiƟonal Turkish/Arabic jewellery box. The facades were conceived as a “ceramic veil” of semi-transparent ceramic Ɵles naƟve to tradiƟonal ByzanƟne and Muslim culture of the area. The immediate context was a residenƟal area of visually adhoc building style and structures, which informed our interpretaƟon of the building as something that shouldn’t be imposing, monolithic or introvert. ProgramaƟcally the building was divided between the galleries on the upper levels and the storage below ground, with approximately a 50/50 split between the two. The ground level was reserved for the theatre entrances and a large semi-enclosed foyer and lobby. The tying element that is present throughout the building is a tall void which brings natural light through to the basement.

Loca on: Istanbul, Turkey Type: Museum Period: Early 2013 Total Area: 11.300m2 Role: Team Member Grimshaw Architects Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2013©



A new architecture compe on invited Australian architects to design an exhibi on space for Australian art, to be used for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2011 in Japan. The exis ng house on the site was destroyed during the tragic March 2011 earthquake in Japan, and the compe on brief was for a design of a new structure replacing the original house, with minimum budget and a very loose program. Our design strategy was to combine elements of Japanese life, along with certain qualita ve architectural elements of rural Australia. The building itself was conceived as large open space living and dining area, reminiscent of tradi onal Japanese house, with minimal private areas and versa le working areas. The material used was a simple locally sourced wood, which would be the only structural and cladding material used. The large seismic loads forced a steep roof line which projected an almost gothic shape to the private double story living areas.

Loca on: Niigata Prefecture, Japan Type: Housing, art gallery. Period: June 2011 - September 2011 Status: Compe on Total Area: 100m2 My Role: Project Director CO+LABO Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2011Š


An elderly couple living in Chiva, a rural town near Valencia, in the hearland of the orange grove country hired KKAA to design for them a reƟrement house on their vast property. One of the only residenƟal houses designed by KKAA at the Ɵme, the project is envisoned as a conƟnuos roof that envelops the three disƟnct “wings” of the residence below. This roof at Ɵmes funcƟons as a pavement, a balcony and ulƟmately as cover. The floorplate below follows the roof, opening up potenƟal for ground, first and intermediate levels. Due to local regulaƟons governing properƟes on rural land, half the building had to be submerged below the ground surface. The facades are covered with a fine vail like curtains inspired by tradiƟonal Spanish corƟnas de cuentas, which allow the glass facades to be opened during the summer months, but keep insects out. The project is due to compleƟon in late 2013

Loca on: Chiva, Valencia, Spain Type: Private Residence Period: 2011/2012 Total Area: 350m2 Role: Team Member Kengo Kuma Architects Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2013©


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The South Bank precinct of Melbourne is a quickly expanding suburb that lacks in everyday ameni es needed with an every growing residenal popula on. The J.H. Boyd School is a historically important all-girls high school from the 1880’s which was the first girls school in the region, and a symbol of the Melbourne’s turn-of-the-century educa on system. The building received an extension in the 1970’s and has not been used as a school since the 80’s. The brief for the project was to restore and rejuvenate the heritage building with minimal altering to the heritage facades, with the majority of the works being internal. The light filled, and airy old classrooms were converted in to ar st workshops and a child care centre, while the 70’s building was converted in to an open plan library. The direc on of all the work in the City of Melbourne is one of high level sustainability, and this project was no different, as new technologies were adopted to provide a building that cools itself at night via nightpurge and as has interiors en rely built of recycled woods and stone.

Loca on: Melbourne, Australia Type: Heritage restora on, environmental design Period: March 2010 - November 2010 Status: Construc on Total Area: 4500m2 My Role: Team member City of Melbourne Vuk Radovic - Por olio 2011©



Big events like the Olympic Games or World EXPOs always s r interest and draw a en on. They, almost without excep on, produce memorable moments but rarely produce las ng legacy to the host city. Olympic ci es like Barcelona and, most recently, Beijing are among those from whom organisers of the World events can learn how much a city can gain by choosing design which outlasts the event. Spa ally, the EXPO Pavilion gradually intensifies and rises into the wavelike peaks. These waves form the roof , whose lightness comes from its material. A luminous single-span tensile roof allows so light to permeate into the interior. Visible from any point within the interior , the roof evokes a heightened sensa on of weightlessness. Underneath the building, a series of decks define spa al sequences of various public open spaces.

Loca on: Yeosu, Korea Type: EXPO Pavilion Period: May 2009 - September 2009 Total Area: 6200m2 Role: Project Director CO+LABO

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The focus of my Master of Architecture thesis and design was on sustainable redevelopment of pos ndustrial brown-field sites into residenal areas. The cri que I had of residen al developments in Melbourne’s Docklands area; which was once Melbourne’s largest port, and is now a controversial residen al community, much maligned in the press, was that none of the grand post-industrial buildings were being kept on-site once the transforma on in to residen al communi es had begun. The mastodons of structures of huge scales were very inspira onal to me, and I was quickly drawn to reusing large por ons of them to housing. The main shed, which became the focal point of my project, was originally used to li containers of dock-bound ships so it had a very solid structure. My concept was to place the single and double bedroom units underneath this structure, but without ‘touching’ the ground. They were to be suspended in mid air, reminiscent of the shipping containers once common in the area, in a freeze frame of me. The shed was stripped of it roofing, which was reused as the cladding of the containers, and a secondary building, place in the exact loca on of the administra on building which once stood in its place, protected the building from the hard southerly winds from Port Phillip Bay. Trees were to be planted between these hanging containers so that the balconies were literally in the tree tops.

Loca on: Docklands, Australia Type: Residen al Period: 2007 - 2008 Total Area: 3000sqm Role: Architecture Masters Thesis RMIT University

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As a part of the Wimbledon Masterplan compe on win by Grimshaw in 2012, a major part of the redevelopment was a new retractable roof for the exis ng No.1 court. The court, re-built in 1997, was always planned to have a retractable roof, but the All England Law Tennis Club waited for the original masterplan to be complete, earlier last year, to begin the planning of the new addi on. The 11,393 seater arena, directly North of Centre Court is currently in Stage C of design, and is the process of selec ng an appropriate, and slightly unique design for the roof to separate itself from the main arena on site. The op ons inves gated have been sliding panel roofs, accordion style folding roofs, cable roofs, iris mechanisms and a conven onal fabric roof similar to centre court. The main driver for the design has been op mal summer and winter ligh ng of the grassed areas, speed of opera on and condi oning of the bowl. Due to fire regula ons the court is to be considered ‘an outdoor arena’ even when the roof is closed, and will be the only other arena in the UK (other then Centre Court) that will be able to close with spectators s ll inside their seats. The other key features of the new design are a new hospitality offer surrounding the exposed raker beamed bowl, and a slight extension to the sea ng capacity, however retaining the unique circularity of the sea ng ers.

Loca on: Wimbledon, UK Type: Stadium Period: 2012-2016 Role: Team Member Grimshaw Architects

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The ‘Chidori’ Furniture is named after a famous Japanese Chidori toys, made of small wooden components with unique joints that fit together like a puzzle to make a whole. The furniture was developed as a part of fundraising program for East Japan Project (Ejp) which is a collaboration between designers and traditional craft artisans from East Japan, with the purpose to propose The New Lifestyle as a concept design for post 3.11 Tohoku earthquake and is currently sold at BALS stores across Japan. The main design component of the Chidori furniture is its simple ‘clicking’ system of assembly which needs neither bolts, nor glue nor any specific tools to assemble, and is a modular type of furniture which can construct everything from simple stools and tables, to complex shelving of any size and shape.

Type: Furniture Design Period: 2012 KKAA

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