Architects of Modernist Skopje Decry Retrograde Remodel

Bojan Blazhevski Skopje, Ljubljana, Katowice

The ageing architects behind Skopje’s cutting-edge resurrection from a 1963 earthquake cry copyright foul as their acclaimed modernist creations are engulfed in antiquity.

Slavko Brezoski, 94, stands on Skopje’s main square, where the modernist department store he designed in 1956 has been hidden behind a neo-classical facade. Photo: Nevena Brezoska

Slavko Brezoski was already an established architect when the city around him was reduced to rubble one July morning in 1963, an event that would dominate the rest of his working life.

The earthquake that struck the Macedonian capital Skopje, then part of the former Yugoslavia, just over half a century ago killed more than 1,000 people and wiped out around three quarters of its buildings.

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