Open Call: EFFIX Pavilion

05:45 - 20 May, 2016
Open Call: EFFIX Pavilion, EFFIX Pavilion Contest for the Sea Garden in Varna
EFFIX Pavilion Contest for the Sea Garden in Varna

Devnya Cement AD, a member of Italcementi Group, and Varna Design Forum invite all students of architecture and design, and all young professionals up to 35 years old from all over the world to participate in the international contest for conceptual design of a small trading pavilion, to be situated in the Seaside Park in the city of Varna. The goal is to enrich the urban design of Varna through the realization of a contemporary and inspiring concept for a trading pavilion constructed with the innovative materials of Italcementi Group. The contest will finish with the announcement of a winner selected by a five-member Jury Panel. The winner will be awarded with monetary prize, visit to the "i.lab" research center in Italy and realization of their project as a real-size prototype.

The Demolition of Plovdiv’s Tobacco Warehouse Demands a New Response from Citizens

09:30 - 22 March, 2016
The Demolition of Plovdiv’s Tobacco Warehouse Demands a New Response from Citizens, The Tobacco Warehouse before demolition. Image © Open Arts Foundation
The Tobacco Warehouse before demolition. Image © Open Arts Foundation

The public of Plovdiv, and of Bulgaria, woke up on Monday the 7th March—after their national holiday celebration—with a national cultural monument and a key piece of the city's identity on the ground in pieces. The building was one of the standout structures of “Tobacco Town”—a complex of former tobacco industry warehouses. The demolition by its owners began despite a promise made by Mayor Ivan Totev in September that the entire complex would be renovated as an urban art zone as part of the preparations for Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019.

Plovdiv, a city in the south of Bulgaria with its 7 hills, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. The Thracians, Romans, and Ottomans all employed its strategic location, and today it is Bulgaria’s second largest city. The title of cultural capital is well deserved, and perhaps even well overdue. With its arrival, there was hope that major parts of the city's history lying in disrepair may finally have a standing chance, and then this… another building, gone.

Everybody's heart is heavy. They are in disbelief. The questions are the same as the ones that have been asked many times before: “How did this happen?” “Who did this?”

TheeAe Releases Proposal for Varna Regional Library in Bulgaria

06:00 - 23 February, 2016
TheeAe Releases Proposal for Varna Regional Library in Bulgaria , Courtesy of TheeAe LTD
Courtesy of TheeAe LTD

Hong Kong-based architecture firm TheeAe has released the plans for its entry to the competition for the Varna Regional Library in Varna, Bulgaria. The competition called for proposals to combine six regional libraries into one new site, ultimately awarding Architects for Urbanity the first prize.

Pagoda House / I/O architects

03:00 - 16 February, 2016
Pagoda House / I/O architects, © Assen Emilov
© Assen Emilov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Design Team

    Viara Jeliazkova, Georgi Katov, Stefan Apostolov
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Stewart Hollenstein Unveil Their Proposal for the Varna Regional Library

08:00 - 24 January, 2016
Stewart Hollenstein Unveil Their Proposal for the Varna Regional Library , Render by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein
Render by Luxigon. Image Courtesy of Stewart Hollenstein

Sydney-based firm Stewart Hollenstein has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the international design competition for a new 17,000 square-meter library in Varna, Bulgaria. Their design scheme focuses on Varna's rich history as a city known for its public gardens, and seeks to make the library a cultural center of the city.

Architects for Urbanity Win Competition for Varna Regional Library

14:18 - 2 December, 2015
Architects for Urbanity Win Competition for Varna Regional Library, © Architects for Urbanity
© Architects for Urbanity

Architects for Urbanity has been awarded first prize in a competition for a new regional library in Varna, Bulgaria. What will be known as the "Pencho Slaveykov," the proposed 17,500-square-meter building was lauded by the jury for its ability to fit into the context "unobtrusively." It's design features a transparent "open space of knowledge" that divides the building's mass into two volumes and encourages the public to enter. 

Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership

13:00 - 28 November, 2015
Muzeiko Children's Science Discovery Center  / Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership , © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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Observation House / I/O architects

03:00 - 27 October, 2015
Observation House / I/O architects, © Assen Emilov
© Assen Emilov

© Assen Emilov © Assen Emilov © Assen Emilov © Assen Emilov +30

Open Call: Help House Over 860,000 Books and Media – Design the New Varna Library

08:00 - 4 October, 2015
Open Call: Help House Over 860,000 Books and Media – Design the New Varna Library, Courtesy of Municipality of Varna
Courtesy of Municipality of Varna

The Municipality of Varna and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria have launched a competition open to architects worldwide to design the new Varna Regional Library. Varna, the third-largest city in Bulgaria, has lacked a proper library building for years, and the library’s collection of over 860,000 items is spread across six different buildings in the city. The new competition aims to create a single space where the collection can be brought together, while creating an attractive public space in the city’s centre.

Festival: One Architecture Week

23:00 - 22 September, 2015
Festival: One Architecture Week

ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK is an annual international festival for architecture, which will have its next edition in September 18th-27th 2015 in Plovdiv. Launched in 2008 as a two-day conference under the name SOFIA ARCHITECTURE WEEK, the event expanded into a more than a week-long meeting and idea exchange platform for architecture, interior design, landscape and urban environment. Through stimulating a broad professional and public debate the festival aims at initiating sustainable social and architectural practices. The diverse and intense program features presentations, exhibitions, discussions, workshops, screenings and urban interventions as well as architectural workshops for the youngest.

Vacation House / Hristina Hristova

07:30 - 9 September, 2015
Vacation House / Hristina Hristova, © Deyan Tomov
© Deyan Tomov

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Liubata / Aedes Studio

20:00 - 20 March, 2015
Liubata / Aedes Studio, © Aedes Studio
© Aedes Studio

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Urban Module / Aedes Studio

20:00 - 13 March, 2015
Urban Module / Aedes Studio, © Aedes Studio
© Aedes Studio

© Aedes Studio © Aedes Studio © Aedes Studio © Aedes Studio +28

Slight Slope Long House / I/O Architects

05:00 - 8 March, 2015
Slight Slope Long House / I/O Architects, © Assen Emilov
© Assen Emilov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Targovishte, Bulgaria
  • Site Area

    6970 sq. m.
  • Area

    672.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Assen Emilov © Assen Emilov © Assen Emilov © Assen Emilov +24

National Museum Complex - Phase I / Yanko Apostolov Architects

00:00 - 7 February, 2015
National Museum Complex - Phase I / Yanko Apostolov Architects, © Assen Emilov
© Assen Emilov

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Conservation, Restoration and Adaptation of Church “St. Paraskeva“ / Todor Mihaylov, Elitsa Andreeva, Emilia Kaleva, Aleksandra Vadinska

01:00 - 8 December, 2014
Conservation, Restoration and Adaptation of Church “St. Paraskeva“ / Todor Mihaylov, Elitsa Andreeva, Emilia Kaleva, Aleksandra Vadinska, © Evgeni Dinev
© Evgeni Dinev

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FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv's Central Square

00:00 - 28 September, 2014
FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv's Central Square, © FORA
© FORA

FORA has been announced as winner of a competition for revitalization and renovation of the central square in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, built upon the remains of the ancient roman Forum of Philippopolis. The intervention spans an area of 57,000 square meters and exposes the intersection of several architectural and historical layers, from antiquity until the Socialist State.

Plovdiv Central Square Architectural Competition

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
Plovdiv Central Square Architectural Competition

The Municipality of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and One Architecture Week invite worldwide architects to participate in an open international competition for concept design. The competition is to outline the future of the Central Square in Plovdiv—an emblematic location where most of the significant historical periods of the city overlap. A solution for their untroubled co-existence is yet to be found.