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The Green Design Center for South East Europe has been built by Sarajevo Green Design Foundation in Mostar in 2019. GDC is envisioned as an international laboratory and innovation platform showcasing green concepts and technical solutions supporting circular use of materials, energy, water and other resources within the built environment. It also forms an Innovation park which is broadening the theme of green innovation towards, social sustainability, mobility, inclusion and urban farming concepts. Whereas GDC demonstrates and tests circular solutions for existing structures, its sister project Green Transformable Building Lab in the Netherlands is about an entire new construction.

Green Design Center 2019

Steel frame placement on the existing structure.

GDC transforms historic abounded area (part of former 19th century Austro-Hungarian military camp south of Mostar - Bosnia & Herzegovina) into hub of creativity and innovation. Urban decayed industrial buildings have proven in numerous cases that their cultural value and architectural appearance can be transformed into inspiring and functional spaces for creative processes and innovation. This makes them especially suitable as hubs for entrepreneurship, creative industries, maker economy and new emerging city production.


These buildings and the new activities filling their space represent a key resource in enhancing the aesthetic and cultural attractiveness and liveability of urban areas. Green Design Centre in Mostar transforms an old industrial complex into active and vivid experimental expo place (showcase of new forms of vital green solutions) providing a great contribution in reversing a devastated site into a nucleus of green and socio-cultural innovation. This is a place that create dialogue with space, history, arts and innovation and is the past and the future in one.


Green Design Centre is also envisioned as a location demonstrating principles of circular buildings and integrating material and social circularity through different aspects of sustainable living such as urban faming, wind-mills, open workplaces for disabled children and open expo (exhibiting innovation concepts). As EU BAMB Pilot of circular/reversible buildings Green Design Centre is being developed as a multipurpose and reversible structure demonstrating waste reduction of 60% and reduction of use of virgin materials by 50%. The centre is designed with the capacity to illustrate functional change from exhibition, workshop space to office concepts. The experiments showcases reversible building design approach and its materialization through development of architectural aesthetic, spatial and technical solutions that enable multiple value options for building its systems, materials in a future, while eliminating waste and generating new resource streams.

green design center south east europe exterior from river side
Green design center entrance
Green design center east facade
green design center south east europe facade
green design center interior with view to outside
green design center south east europe with students
green design center south east europe interior overview
green design center south east europe students on the deck
green design center south east europe - visual possible final transformation
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