Inside Nova Iskra: Belgrade’s Beautiful Design Incubator

  • Client Nova Iskra,
  • size 3,767 sqft
  • Year 2013
  • Location Belgrade, Serbia,
  • Industry Coworking,
  • Design incubator Nova Iskra is a beautiful coworking space for design professionals in Belgrade, Serbia. Designed by architecture & design firm Petokraka, the space includes areas for work, mingling, and making.

    A description of Nova Iskra by Saša Arsić follows:

    “The first design incubator in the region of Southeast Europe Nova Iskra, a co-working space dedicated to the professionalization of designers in Serbia and the region, as well as to establishing connections between the sectors of creative industries and manufacturing, opened its doors in Belgrade.

    The multi-functional workspace is established with the idea to support young creatives form the fields of design, architecture, interior design, visual communications and other related fields. Professionals from the spheres of design or architecture will have a chance to use the resources of Nova Iskra for their individual work, as well as to take part in the numerous projects and programs which are being developed in partnership with some of the leading local and international companies, schools, institutions and experts.

    The platform has been more than two years in the making, while the biggest task was the reconstruction and furnishing of the space in which the concept is now brought to life. A rundown office space of 350 sqm in the Gavrila Principa Street in downtown Belgrade has been fully reconstructed by Belgrade-based architecture studio Petokraka.

    Lightness, simplicity and attention to detail are the main characteristics of the overall articulation of space. The visual presence of the project is enhanced by identity developed by Metaklinika studio.

    Workshop for modeling, conference room, kitchen, office services and an design library are some of the features of the space which is dedicated to it users. The management’s office will be the breeding ground for new projects which will involve various Nova Iskra members.

    The sturdy worktable Denver is dominating the glass cube workshop area in the center of the space, watched over by the Kit Carson lamp are both custom-designed by Petokraka. Their luminaire Park hangs over the stairs which lead into the spacious co-working space, showcasing a play of light and form.

    The lower floor will serve as in-house gallery, presenting works from the wide network of affiliated artists and selected Serbian furniture designs. All details about the members, programs and activities of the Nova Iskra design incubator can be found at”

    Architects: Petokraka
    Design Team: Aleksa Bijelović & Milica Maksimović
    Photo: Relja Ivanić