The first building of the Green Heart complex in Belgrade

TECHO successfully navigates the TomTom Belgrade project 

The furnishing of modern innovative office space occupying an entire floor of the new Green Heart complex in Belgrade.

Green Heart is an office project located on the corner of Milutin Milanković Boulevard and Boulevard of Art, in New Belgrade, Serbia. It includes revitalization of two existing buildings (GTC Square) and construction of three new ones, creating a campus style office park. The whole complex will provide 46,000 sqm.

Refurbishment of the two buildings and the development of two newly designed buildings in the Green Heart project, one of the most modern office building complexes in Belgrade, will definitely be a milestone for Belgrade’s office market. It is a project designed to inspire innovative and passionate companies to succeed.

The building is made up of large glass windows allowing the green courtyard to be enjoyed from each of the long terraces. The facility is distinguished by highly efficient and energy-saving solutions, including smart lighting and air conditioning in all office spaces that adjust to individual requirements. There are also solar panels installed on the roof delivering energy saving measures for the building.

The TomTom offices occupy the entire fourth floor. 

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TomTom 

At TomTom, the non-stop innovation keeps the world moving forward – freely, efficiently, safely. They create the most innovative location technologies to improve driving today and completely change it tomorrow. Together with their people, customers and partners, they are leading progress.

Their vision is a safe, connected, autonomous world that is free of congestion and emissions.

They are creating a safer, cleaner, congestion-free world through innovative and easy-to-use location technologies such as license maps, navigation software and online services as components for applications.

12weeks
of work
1,500M2
interior work

The Belgrade project followed on from previous cooperation between TECHO and the London-based design and build firm, Peldon Rose. The concept was drafted by Project Designer Stephanie Di Losa of Peldon Rose. In order to incorporate local standards and regulations a local firm of architects, MODO, were engaged to prepare the detailed design and necessary engineering.

The entire project was prepared using the Revit software package. this modelled the space in 3D, which was particularly important with respect to cabling and ducting. TECHO was in charge of the entire project, from interior works to furnishings. This included partitions, flooring, light fittings and painting and decorating.

A large portion of the project, including the finishing work, took place at a time of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these restrictions, which often prevented travel and shortened the working hours, work continued and was completed.

An interesting aspect of the project, particularly with respect to logistics, was the fact that many design features were imported from various parts of Europe in order to achieve the design concept of the Peldon Rose team. For example, certain materials, wallpaper, feature lights and wall covering behind the kitchen units were brought over from England. A speciality was also the supply of the fitted kitchen with a length of 16 metres, and ensuring that the waste water is removed along a 40-metre pipe with the aid of a pump.

The interior has an industrial feel thanks to the exposed concrete ceiling, painted white or black. A dominant feature of the open-plan space is a tram, which functions as a meeting room. It is a replica made from a plasterboard construction. Its exterior is adorned with graffiti by a local artist. In addition to the tram there is also a wooden podium for seating, colourful benches, soft seating, meeting points, and a pool table etc. The overall design of the interior mirrors the client and its activities and services.

Influencing the design with the history of Belgrade

Stephanie Di Losa
Head of SME Design Peldon Rose

My favourite aspect of the project is the central wing of the building with the tea point, breakout and waiting area. This space is the heart of the office, a multi-purpose space with a variety of furniture pieces and joinery to create the different functions. With the different objective for this space, it was important to design the central wing differently to the others. This area was influenced by the brutalist architecture with the use of exposed brick and structural elements alongside street art murals, rustic timber, and moss in cobblestone street inspired carpet. These two elements where then brought together with the TomTom branding.

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