His Telecommunications Centre and Post Office (built in different stages between 1974 and 1989) are among the most recognizable (and, unfortunately, most neglected) of the post-1963 structures in the city centre. The bold use of reinforced concrete and expressive forms reveal the architect’s sensibility to international trends on one hand, and the extent of the creative freedom granted to post-earthquake architects on the other. The curious round building of the Post Office may have been inspired by the nearby medieval fortress (as some historians believe), by an exotic flower (as it is popularly rumored), or may even be a very personal variation on Oscar Niemeyer’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasília (1970). Whatever the case, the result was brilliant.
Adjacent to the squat structure sits the Telecommunications Centre, an impressive volumetric composition made up of a long horizontal block, with a façade that betrays little of the building’s interior, and a massive vertical structure of cubic volumes and huge columns. In 1989, the complex gained its final addition, the Dispatching Centre: a glass box topped by a protruding roof that is supported by pillars. The Post Office is the sole remainder of an only partly implemented project for this area.
Today this makes it seem somewhat alien or isolated compared to its surroundings but it is nevertheless worthy of attention as a powerful example of what concrete can achieve when it comes to quick and solid construction. To think that concrete is just a grey burden for modern cities means to dismiss its importance as the material that was the key to rebuilding Skopje after the tragic destruction of the 1963 earthquake and allowed the creation of its important architectural legacies.