North Macedonia

Guide to Skopje Brutalist Architecture

(Last Updated On: 21/04/2021)

Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, is one of the craziest cities you will find in Europe. It has a peculiar mix of architecture, with the old remnants from Ottoman times, crazy modern buildings that pretend to be old but most of all it has some real concrete masterpieces, a wonderful of brutalism in Skopje.

I even dare to say that Skopje brutalist architecture is one of the finest you can find in Europe and is all architecture buffs will definitely appreciate this insane place. This is my favorite place for brutalist architecture, right after Tbilisi and Belgrade.

skopje brutalist architecture

Among all the great things to do in Skopje, chasing Skopje brutalism is my favorite one (together with wandering the Old Bazaar which is simply amazing). Even if I’ve been to the capital of North Macedonia some ten times by now I still keep finding new concrete gems, often hidden from the public view.

And so it’s time I share with you all the best examples of brutalist architecture in Skopje. Below you can find all the best buildings with short background info and where to find them.

skopje brutalist architecture

Many of the sites are located in the central part of Skopje so visiting them isn’t a problem. Those a bit far away can be reached by city bus or taxi.

But it’s fine if you manage to see only a few spots – they can give you a great overview of Skopje’s architectural legacy and will help you appreciate the city more.

Background of Skopje brutalist architecture

Even if Skopje is a rather old city, with traces dating back to ancient times, you can’t find many remnants of the great past there. Instead, the majority of buildings date back to the 1960s and afterward. This is because on July 26, 1963, Skopje was hit by a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 that resulted of over a thousand casualties, and 80% of the city was destroyed.

During the reconstruction process, some of the finest architects of that time (under the supervision of the Japanese master Kenzō Tange) were hired to give Skopje a new, modern look. This is why Skopje is so full of incredible brutalist architecture – the city had to be reinvented after the devastating tragedy and since brutalism was popular at that time the place got a fine concrete look that today is a joy to all the fans of this funky architecture style, like myself.

skopje brutalist architecture

Skopje brutalist architecture

Below you can find all the best examples of brutalism in Skopje, with addresses and some detailed information (if I managed to find it). As you can see there are quite many amazing brutalist structures in the city, it’s like a concrete playground!

Telecommunication office building

Address: 20, Orce Nikolov str
Built in: 1972-74.
Architect: Janko Konstantinov

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Central Post Office

Address: Boulevard VMRO, next to the Goce Delčev Bridge
Built: in 1972-74
Architect: Janko Konstantinov

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

National Bank of North Macedonia

Address: Kuzman Josifovski Pitu 1
Built in: 1975
Architects: Radomir Lalovic with Olga Papes

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje

Address: between Boulevard Goce Delchev and Boulevard Krste Petkov Misirkov
Built in: 1974
Architect: Marko Mušič

While you are at the university campus try to go inside some of the faculties too, they have a really fine retro interior!

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Sciences & Arts Academy

Address: Boulevard Krste Petkov Misirkov, just after Mother Theresa Bridge
Built in: 1976
Architect: Boris Čipan

skopje brutalist architecture

Railway Station

Address: at the corner of Nikola Karev street and Boulevard Kuzman Josifovski Pitu, the entrance to the platforms is a bit hidden, you can enter from the bus station near the ticket offices
Built in: 1969
Architect: Janko Konstantinov

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Macedonian Television Building

Address: Sv. Kliment Ohridski street
Built in: 1971-1983
Architect: Kiril Acevski

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Monument to Partisan Munitions Factory

Address: park at Sv. Kliment Ohridski street, next to the Macedonian Television Building
Built in: 1981
Architects: Aleksandar Nikoljski and Vladimir Pota

skopje brutalist architecture

Student Dormitory Goce Delčev

Address: Moskovska 9
Built in: 1969
Architect: Georgi Konstantinovski

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

City Archive

Address: Moskovska 1
Built in: 1966 – 1968
Architect: Georgi Konstantinovski

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Nikola Karev High School

Address: Nikola Rusinski 2
Built in: 1968
Architect: Janko Konstantinov

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Congress Centre

Address: Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 45
Built in: 1963
Architects: Jaroslav, Vladimir and Ljubomir Stankov and K. Stankova-Mutafova

skopje brutalist architecture

Church of St. Clement of Ohrid

Address: Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 17
Built in: 1972–1990
Architect: Slavko Brezovski

skopje brutalist architecture

Macedonian Opera and Ballet House

Address: Mother Theresa Square
Built in: 1979
Architects: Stefan Kacin, Yuri Princes, Bogdan Spindler and Marian Uršič

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

GCT Shopping Mall

Address: Kej 13th November, just off the Macedonia Square
Built in: 1969-1973
Architect: Živko Popovski

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Nova Makedonija

Address: Sv. Kiril i Metodij 54
Built in: 1981
Architect: Blagoja Kolev

skopje brutalist architecture

Home of the Army

Address: 11th October St. 18

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Museum of Contemporary Art

Address: Samoilova street
Built in: 1964:
Architects: Wacław Kłyszewski, Jerzy Mokrzyński, Eugeniusz Wierzbicki

The building was funded by the Polish government and designed by Polish architects.

skopje brutalist architecture

Museum of Macedonia

Address: Kjurchiska street, next to the Old Bazaar

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Medical School

Address: Mother Theresa street

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Blocks of flats

There are some really fine brutalists blocks of flats in central Skopje. My favorite ones are located next to the Main Post Office, at Boulevard VMRO or next to the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia at 11th October Street.

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

skopje brutalist architecture

Map of Skopje brutalist architecture

I put all these awesome buildings on the map so you can use it when you go to Skopje. You can access and download the map here.

Further reading

North Macedonia is one of my all time favorite countries and I always enjoy returning there. If you are planning a trip to Skopje and North Macedonia you might find other articles I wrote useful and interesting too:


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