A few years ago, when I was working full-time as an architect, I worked on a project in Montenegro. The site was a naval base, built in 1889 and used by the Austrians, the Italians, the Yugoslav People's Army and finally the Army of Montenegro. A history of the Balkans in one site. This, combined with the location in the breathtaking Bay of Kotor where mountains fall dramatically into the perfect sea, made it a special place.
It was fascinating to be there whilst the navy were decommissioning the site; bits of submarines lying on their sides in the water, General Tito's old yacht in the dry dock, nudey photos of busty women in the cab of the giant crane and the knowledge of a lot of unexploded ordnance on the sea bed.
Architecture evocative of the soviet era in spectacular scenery and the melancholy feeling of the end of an era make a potent mix and I hope that comes across in some of the photos below.
Part 2 coming soon.