Palace of Serbia

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Palace of Serbia
Palata Srbije
Novi Beograd - The SIV building.jpg
The Palace of Serbia, pictured in September 2006
Former names SIV 1
General information
Status Complete
Location Novi Beograd, Belgrade
Address Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 2
Coordinates 44°49′13″N 20°25′40″E / 44.82028°N 20.42778°E / 44.82028; 20.42778
Construction started 1947
Completed 1959
Owner Government of Serbia
Technical details
Floor count 6
Floor area 65,000 m2
Design and construction
Architect Mihailo Janković
Other designers Vladimir Potočnjak, Anton Urlih, Zlatko Nojman, Dragica Perak

The Palace of Serbia (Serbian: Палата Србије / Palata Srbije) is a building located in the Novi Beograd municipality of Belgrade, Serbia. The building is used by the government of Serbia and currently houses several cabinet level ministries and agencies.[1]

The technical name of the building is Savezno izvršno veće 1 (SIV 1) as it was used by the Federal Executive Council of Yugoslavia. later, it was informally known as the Palata Federacije (Palace of the Federation) before given its present name.[2][3]


The exterior 'H' shape was designed by lead architect Vladimir Potočnjak and his team: Anton Urlih, Zlatko Nojman and Dragica Perak. Construction officially began in 1947 and progressed until Potočnjak's death in 1952.[4] The project was taken over by Mihailo Janković who designed the interior of the structure and oversaw its construction until completion in 1959.[4]

The building was constructed in the mixed stripped down classicist (the main structure) and modernist (the glass domed great hall with front entrance) architectural styles.[4] Common misconception about it being in socialist realism/Stalinist style is due to lack of such buildings in Belgrade in general. Due to Tito - Stalin split occurring before major new construction began in the city, the style, with the exception of Trade Unions Building, never took hold in Yugoslavia. While it is the most monumental building of the early socialist period, unfamiliar with Soviet construction of the time, yet familiar with the term used for it, come to this obviously erroneous conclusion. Its H-shaped base covers an area of approximately 65,000 m²,[3] thus making it the largest building in Serbia by area covered. It has 744 offices, about 30 m² each, 13 conference rooms, six salons, three large halls and two garages.[3]


  1. ^ "Selidba državnih institucija" (in Serbian). Večernje novosti. 5 August 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sablasno prazna Palata sa 744 sobe" (in Serbian). B92. 20 February 2003. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Direkcija: U Palati nema mesta" (in Serbian). B92. 5 February 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Palace of Serbia". Tourist Organization of Belgrade. Retrieved 13 July 2013.