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In Pictures: Skopje Brutalist Architecture

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Skopje, March 7 — In the period from the 1960s onwards, buildings in brutalist architectural style appeared in Macedonia, and this is especially striking in post-earthquake Skopje.

One of the most prominent architects of the brutalist movement in Skopje was the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, who won the competition to design the master plan for the reconstruction of the city after the deadly earthquake in 1963.

Other important architects of the brutalist movement in the capital city who shaped the city in the previous century were Janko Konstantinov, Marko Mushikj, and Georgi Konstantinovski.

As time passes by, these buildings, which are characterized by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and structural elements over decorative design, are overshadowed by the new look of the city, although many find them impressive, and unique.

Skopje.IN went around and photographed some of the most striking buildings in Skopje, built in brutalist style.

The building of the dormitory Goce Delchev in Skopje / February, 2023
Goce Delchev Dormitory / Georgi Konstantinovski, 1969-1973
The building of the City Trade Center - GTC in Skopje, February 2023
City Trade Center - GTC / Zhivko Popovski, Tihomir Arsovski, Zhivko Gelevski, Dimitar Dimitrov, Blagoja Kolev, Radomir Lajovikj and Lidija Markova, 1973

Building of Macedonian Radio Television, February 2023
Macedonian Radio Television - MRTV / Kiril Acevski, Kiril Petrovski and Krsto Ristovski, 1971-1974
Building of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje / Marko Mushikj, 1970-1974
Building of the former post office in Skopje
The former central post office in Skopje / Janko Konstantinov, 1974

Building of Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Skopje
Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts - MANU / Boris Chipan, 1976
Building of National and University Library St. Clement of Ohrid in Skopje
National and University Library St. Clement of Ohrid / Petar Mulichkovski, 1971
The building of the highschool Orce Nikolov
Highschool Orce Nikolov / Aleksandar Smilevski and Nikola Bogachev, 1970
Building of the Telecommunication Center in Skopje
Telecommunication Center / Janko Konstantinov, 1968-1972
Building of National bank in Skopje
National bank / Radomir Lalovikj, Olga Papesh, 1975

All photos are made by SkopjeIN and are free to use with attribution (See the terms here).


Which building left a particular impression on you?

  • 0%Goce Delchev Dormitory

  • 0%City Trade Center

  • 0%Macedonian Radio Television

  • 0%Ss. Cyril and Methodius University


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