The second stage of reconstruction

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The second stage of reconstruction

Following the successful completion of the necessary sanitation works from the first phase of reconstruction, the second phase of reconstruction started in 2002.


The European Commission appeared in 1999 as an investor and provided funds to be used for the continuation of works (DEM 4,500,000). The Consultant (D.D. DOM Study, Design, Engineering, Sarajevo) proposed to continue the works on the reconstruction of horizontal constructions, as well as the reconstruction of AULA, whose hard-damaged construction was looking for emergency work.

Preparation for new columns and arches

The gypsum decoration is largely destroyed, and the fragments that have been preserved will be dismantled, ie, some parts will be taken in the plaster at 1: 1 scale. The painted decoration, which is also fragmentarily preserved in small domes and arches, will be crossed at a scale of 1: 1 with the indication of the color and color quality.

Supporting construction on one of the ceilings

The hall represents the central most important space in the building, made in the form of a regular hexagonal, with exterior brick walls and a gallery formed by the construction of angular and individual pillars. The construction of the gallery above the ground floor and the first floor is covered with small open domes. The preserved open structure of small domes and arches in four fields (1, 2, 4 and 6) with a supporting structure above them (two fields completely destroyed) are the reasons for the project to provide maximum retention of this structure with replacement of heavily damaged parts of the structure , individual poles in the fields, arches). In two fields, a full swing of the bearing structure is envisaged. This initial principle sought to set up and elaborate a specific methodology of reconstruction and performance.

In the hall were used 10 types of stone, different technical characteristics and different aesthetic and visual appearance. Insufficient historical data on the sites and the location of the stone used for the construction of the City  Hall, especially AULA (unsafe data refer to granite pillars supplied from Austria, marble stairs from Hungary and others).

Dijelovi novih stubova i lukova

This was also the reason for investigating and examining samples of the existing stone built in the Aula of the City Hall, and to obtain the data that will be used for project design, and for the selection of stone for execution. After the tests carried out by the Institute for Geotechnics and Funding of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo, the Technical Sheet with all the characteristics of the Stone in Aula in the City Hall was prepared.

Interior stairway

Because of the high level of damage, most of the pillars (of the corner and free-standing) on the ground floor and first floor were replaced, together with supporting arches on the ground floor (fields 1, 2, 4 and 6). The two fields (3 and 5) have been completely restored with harsh and opaque structures.

After several delays, works at this stage started in November 2002 and ended in February 2004.

Interior second stage of reconstruction