Gray Ox

Hotel Zlatibor in the Serbian city of Užice opened its doors on 24 September 1981. It was designed by a (then) young architect Svetlana Radovic and nicknamed  “Sivonja,” which means “The Gray Ox,” an affectionate reference to its color and shape.  Luxuriously designed with a piano bar and rooms dressed in brown velvet and employing he best chefs, waiters, confectioners and other service personnel the Grey Ox was both a tourist magnet and a symbol of of Yugoslav confidence. During the 90s and in connection with the collapse of Yugoslavia,  the sanctions against Serbia  and consequently the complete lack of maintenance, the building started steadily decaying. Nowadays, the Ox might be old but it still maintains its strength: beautiful and dynamic architecture and the hotel still operating!

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I love that picture because It shows the context in which this bold building was built and how pioneering and progressive architecture can be.

Pictures taken on April 2013 by WWT

Story of hotel Zlatibor VIA 

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