Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 234 Architectural Design III Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 7 2 + 4 183

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr. Stefania Gruosso Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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In a new vision for Sarajevo cultural institutions, and public spaces associated to them, have a regenerative power both in cultural sense but also in urban context by activating the city. Considering this new vision the area of Marjin Dvor certainly acquires a central role like a new center for Sarajevo. This area used to be at the edge of the Austro-Hungarian Sarajevo and was envisioned as the new centre for the further development of the city by the Austro-Hungarian powers. For this reason, the last great Austro-Hungarian building, the National Museum was built in this location. The significance of Marjin Dvor was recognized by the Socialist rule as well. They built the Museum of Revolution (now the Museum of History), in a pure modernist style right next to the neo-classical National Museum. Other important buildings were planned in the area including the Parliament building, the Federal Court, the Yugoslav military barracks and other governmental buildings. Finally, after the conflict ArsAevi got a parcel from the city to realize the Renzo Piano building behind the Historical Museum thus completing the Museum Triad of MarijinDvor. This is the reason why we can say that potentially this area could become the new cultural center of Sarajevo. Our vision is that this area could became a Cultural Quarter like the one that alredy exists in Vienna which offers an ambiance that fits the urban lifestyle of its visitors: retaining the old, experiencing the new – and enjoying both of them together. In that vision our museum it is not alone but part of a cultural sistem. Before this happens, many things have yet to be resolved. The relationship with the river is severed in this part of the city. The green belt and pedestrian pathway abruptly ends here. Parking lots take a forefront along the riverbanks. Furthermore, after the last conflict, four new shopping malls have been added to the area and a number of illegal settlements popped along the riverbanks thus further interrupting the river walk that unites the remainder of the city. Within Marjin Dvor there is an area that we like to call half-moon that still remains unresolved. This course will work on a urban fragment that is located in the middle of the half-moon area. The course establishes foundations for the architectural design of a museum , in detail a children's museum engaging issues of space, organization, circulation, use, structure and material. The children's museum is to be intended as a new attractor for the neighborhood and the city, a place of meeting for childrens and their families; a place of education and creativity which is closely connected to its context and to the city at large.

This project will present to the students, for the first time, the problem of relationship between public space and cultural building.
Main goals of the course are:
1. To challenge students to propose strategies to address, reprogram, and transform the current Urban Void of Marjin Dvor , along the Miljacka River, into a vibrant Urban Node.
2. The layout of the building should provide easy accessibility to added public spaces as well as appropriate separation to the private – office spaces
3. The layout should respond to the standards and requirements of office space planning, in terms of size of the spaces, office furniture, sanitary fixtures, as well as circulation and safety requirements.
4. The overall design should be an appropriate design solution for the respective brand and should be thought of as symbiosis of the location, function and concept relevant to the selected company.

  1. • Introduction ( Syllabus review; course content, requirements, policies; teaching methods) Site Analysis/Site Plan
  2. • History and theory of the museum builing – Introduction
  3. • Museum Shell Grids & Partitions
  4. • Museum Layout & Public Space organization – Diagrams
  5. • Museum Layout - Plan Layout from references projects
  6. • Space Standards entrance/exibition area/auditorium/library/ cafè/toilets/storages -
  7. • Space Standards Integrated services for museum buildings
  8. • Design Solutions – Floor Plans/ Examples from Practice
  9. • Design Solutions – Floor Plans/ Examples from Practice
  10. • Design Solutions – Floor Plans/ Examples from Practice
  11. • Technical Drawing Description
  12. • Communicating Design Presentational Techniques
  13. • Communicating Design Presentational Techniques
  14. • Final Review


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Class Deliverables130
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • • Identify the issues, objectives, and constraints related to office building design.
    • • Generate a fundamental set of skills and strategies for addressing these specific design issues.
    • • Respond to natural and built site characteristics in the development of a program and the design of an administrative building
    • • Translate basic program requirements into spatial strategies and design deliverables;
    • • Develop confidence with graphic and verbal communication and presentation skills;
    • Brcic, D., & Sostaric, M. (2012). Parkiranje i Garaze. Zagreb: Sveuciliste u Zagrebu, Fakultet Prometnih Znanosti.
    • C.DENOUDEN, & STEEMERS, T. (1992). BUILDING 2000 Office Buildings, Public Buildings,Hotels and Holiday Complexes. SPRINGER-SCIENCE+BUSINESS MEDIA, B.V.
    • DAAB. (n.d.). Office Design.
    • Duffy, F., Cave, C., & Worthington, J. (1984). Planning Office Space. London: The Architectural Press Ltd.
    • Mayse, V. (n.d.). Office and Work Spaces.
    • Montes, C. (n.d.). New Offices.
    • Pickard, Q. (2002). The Architects’ Handbook. Garsington: Blackwell Science Ltd,.

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)13030
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14040
    Midterm Examination (1 week)224
    Final Examination(1 week)224
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
    Preparation for Final Examination15050
    Assignment / Homework/ Project14040
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 183
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 7