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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Raichle House in Serbia

I was in the campus library a few days ago searching for some archaeology articles and came across a lovely Art Nouveau building in Serbia called Raichle House. I searched and searched the internet trying to dig up any kind of history associated with this exquisite architectural feat, yet I fell quite short. I know that many of my readers are from Serbia and have a better understanding of this archaeological site and I’d like to hear more about it if you’d be so kind.

Subotica is a Serbian city with some 100,000 inhabitants located very close to the Hungarian border. The city experienced major growth during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, helped by the development from 1896 onwards of an important railway link, which encouraged many traders, artisans and financiers to settle in the city. Alongside this growth, various buildings were constructed following different neo-European and academic styles. But it was Vienna's Secession movement that marked the style of the city centre. With the arrival of Hungarian architects, the city underwent an urban renewal that, in accordance with the modernity of the day, transformed it into the main centre of Serbian Art Nouveau. ~~Subotica

Ferenc Raichle House was built in 1904 by Ferenc Raichle

The Ferenc Raichle House was built in 1904 by Ferenc Raichle. It’s located close to the railway station and it’s one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Subotica. Today, the building is home to the Artistic Encounter Gallery, or Likovni Susret. Laurence Mitchell notes that  Ferenc Raichle House came straight from the sketch pad of Gaudi and was designed as a dwelling house, yet it has found new life as a gallery of contemporary art. The Venetian mosaics and light palette of colors give this building a playful life, what with the light curves of the construction and welcoming facade.

So for all of my Serbian readers, what makes this place so special? Or, if you aren't from the area and you've visited Ferenc Raichle House, let us know about your experience there.

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