The SpaceWe invite you to visit Skopje and reside in one of the most interesting houses and unusual spaces in the city. Located within the authentic Debar Maalo area in the city centre, your space is a beautiful room located on the top (2nd) floor of this elegant, 1920’s town house. The house is in the middle of a recently renovated pedestrian street, known as the Bohemian Street - a lively place with cafes and several traditional restaurants.
The private room is adjacent to a contemporary art and architecture gallery - the SIA Gallery - one of the few independent cultural spaces in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. The room offers a unique opportunity to reside within the context of a space run by a cultural organisation, located in one of the city’s most vibrant areas (the other being the old Turkish bazaar quarter, on the other side of the river), enabling a rare experience of a place combining the contemporary and the traditional. The space is further enhanced by the personal touches of your hosts - an artist and architect couple - and their activities as both creative individuals and cultural workers.
The large private room is arrived at via a beautiful central 'gallery' space, which culminates with a balcony overlooking the lively restaurants of the ‘Bohemian Street’ below and enjoying views of the city’s main park on one side and views of the distant mountain Vodno, on the other. The shared central room maintains many of its original features, including fragments of the original hand-painted patterns on the walls. This central room is mainly used as a gallery space, hosting art and/or architecture exhibitions - but is also a space conceived as a shared, common space, functioning as a large living room / study / lounge area. Whenever it is not being used for exhibitions or other related cultural events, it is occupied during working hours by the gallery owners and other cultural workers (artists, architects, designers and curators) - making for a lively environment and a good way to meet and engage with members of the local creative community.
The private space offers: an independent room with two sofa-beds (which can be arranged either as two single beds or as a double bed). Designed by ‘Feydom’, these furniture items can be combined and re-arranged in numerous ways - either as sofas, beds or as a single bed with a large bed-side table (as a working table for your laptop / TV). The lighting system is also quite particular, with several of the lamps provided by local lighting and design specialists ‘Smart Living’, while others are custom-made by a contemporary Macedonian designer. Within this traditional town house, modern furnishings are combined with works of art by various contemporary artists. In addition, several original, site-specific works by the established artist Antoni Manevski (who previously used the space, for almost a decade, as his artist's studio), are integrated as part of the very fabric of the property.
The floors are of natural wood, and all of the spaces benefit from the original door frames and doors, as well as other original features. This, together with spaces' tall ceilings, create an atmosphere of elegance and authenticity. At the same time, the place has been renewed over the years, with air conditioning providing cool air in the summer months and extra heating during the winter. In the private room, a thin, long table positioned in front of the generous window, allows you to work on your laptop while enjoying views of the sky, or of the leafy pedestrian street below. Instead of traffic noise, one can enjoy the sound of people gathering around a meal or the tones of traditional Macedonian music emanating from the local cafes and restaurants.
The property also has one of the city’s ‘coolest’ bathroom (shared), with large mirrored wall surfaces, and an independent, but simple, shower room. The premises also benefit from both a balcony and a terrace (both shared): the charming balcony to the front of the building, commands good views of the city and enjoys the morning sun; the larger terrace, (towards the rear of the building), benefits from sun and light in the afternoon hours - and well into the evening, in the summer months. This larger terrace, featuring a table, chairs, and a sun-chair, can accommodate open-air lunches or relaxing moments with a cocktail and a book. The combination of these valuable open air spaces, allow you to enjoy the southern sun for the entire duration of the day.
The private room, adjacent to the gallery space, is most suitable for hosting creative individuals and academics - the artists, architects, university lectures and critics, who are in some way collaborating with the gallery - but the room is also open to others at certain times of the year, with the intention of allowing anyone and everyone to experience the unique atmosphere of this place, where contemporary culture is being created in the middle of Skopje. Guest AccessGuest will have unlimited access to their private room. Guests may use the common areas: the central (gallery) space, the kitchen, the bathroom and shower-room, and the two balconies. Certain house-rules will apply to the use of the central gallery space (see House Rules section). Guests are not allowed to enter and use our working spaces in our absence and without our permission. Interaction with GuestsWe are always happy to welcome guests and share our information and knowledge of the city, in order to enable a true experience. Guests are usually met at the nearby City Park Hotel and escorted to the SIA space on the Bohemian Street. From time to time, as gallery owners, we may be away on travels, and at those times, a trusted colleague / collaborator will come to welcome our guests. If this is the situation in your particular case, we will let you know as soon as possible about the arrangements that have made in relation to your booking.
If we are in Skopje, we use the remaining rooms of the property as our office space and as as an art/architecture studio. We are always pleased to answer any queries or questions you may have during your stay. We have numerous books and maps about Skopje and the surrounding area, books ranging from the 60’s to contemporary books, and that we are happy to allow you to consult. We are also, in principle, able to print details of places that you would like to visit as part of your daily visits. We are currently working on the preparation of an ‘alternative guide’, or an ‘insider’s guide’ to the city - which we believe will further enhance your experience of the city, enabling an authentic and varied encounter of the local culture. In many ways, Skopje is an interesting and unusual city, with a rich and layered history. The NeighborhoodLocated within the authentic Debar Maalo area in the city centre, your space is a beautiful room located on the top (2nd) floor of this elegant, 1920’s town house. The house is in the middle of a recently renovated pedestrian street, known as the Bohemian Street - a lively place with cafes and several traditional restaurants. The leafy pedestrian street allows one to sit outside and enjoy the sound of people gathering around a meal or the tones of traditional Macedonian music emanating from the local restaurants.
The private room, which is within/adjacent to a contemporary art and architecture gallery - the SIA Gallery, and one of the few independent cultural spaces in Skopje - offers a unique opportunity to reside within a very particular property, located in one of the city’s most vibrant areas (the other being the old Turkish bazaar quarter, on the other side of the river). The property's balcony enjoys views of the city’s main park on one side and views of the distant mountain Vodno, on the other.
Debar Maalo is a lively area and a good way to meet and engage with members of the local creative community, who tend to frequent the cafes in this area, more than any other in the city. There is a atmosphere of conviviality and intimacy, and it is also a great place for people-watching. Just meters away from the City Park, it is also a convenient location for enjoying walks in the natural environs of the park. Other Things to NoteTowels, bed linens and shampoos will be provided.
On your arrival, a welcome coffee and local pastries will be offered to all our guests.
Please note that a minimal deposit (see details above) is required as cover for potential damage of items or valuables within the property.