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Salon icoOne of the projects developed by Housing Center architects in 2016 was presented at 39th Salon of Architecture which took place in Belgrade from 29 March to 30 April 2017, under the working title “in the Reality!!” – the design of the apartment building for social housing in supportive environment in Sabac. The newly built building with 36 apartments is intended for accommodation of most vulnerable refugee, internally displaced and returnee households, accommodated in the collective center Varna in Šabac.  Mainly single member households of elderly refugees and internally displaced persons who have spent over 20 years in collective center are provided with support for the new beginning.

Authors of architectural design are architects Djordje Smiljković, Predrag Finci, Aleksandar Bajić and Branislava Žarković, all members of Housing Center. Besides the elaboration of architectural design, the authors coordinated the elaboration of main architectural design technical documentation and supervised the construction process. When creating the conceptual design the authors respected the wishes of users expressed during the consultation workshops to neutralize the visual and spatial influence of the cemetery located nearby. The volume and basis concept of the facility are the result of these efforts.

Social Housing in Supportive Environment building in Šabac was constructed within the project “Support to the improvement of living conditions of forced migrants and closure of collective centers“, financed by the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia from IPA 2012 pre-accession funds, and financial contribution of Housing Center. The project aims at enhancing social inclusion of socially vulnerable persons accommodated in Collective Center “Varna“ in Šabac and facilitate its closure. For the purpose of constructing the building, the City of Šabac has provided the land lot on a good-quality location in Šabac city center, developed the urban planning documentation and issued all necessary permits. The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration coordinated the process of closing the Collective Center “Varna“. The Center for Social Work Šabac is responsible for managing the building and providing to its inhabitants the continuous support in the process of social integration.

Project is implemented by Housing Center in partnership with Initiative for Development and Cooperation IDC, and is a part of larger programme aimed at improvement of living conditions of forced migrants, financed by European union - "For a better life", with total value of 14.2 million euros.

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