FORA Chosen to Revitalize Plovdiv’s Central Square


FORA has been announced as winner of a competition for revitalization and renovation of the central square in , 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

The Municipality of () 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.

The competition is international and anonymous. Eligible for participation are Bulgarian and foreign architects or teams with at least one member who is an architect and in legal capacity to practice architectural design. Participation in the competition is free. No preliminary registration is required. For more information regarding submission, prizes and complete timeline, please go to the competition’s official website.

|CON|Temporary Library Installation / Studio 8 1/2

© Architect Vladislav Kostadinov / studio 8 ½

Already built in the Center for Contemporary Art, based in the old Turkish bathhouse in , , the |CON|Temporary Library Installation by Studio 8 ½ contains solely books of contemporary art. It provides many comfortable places to sit/lay, bookcases, magazines and newspapers’ shelves, as well as a computer with very rich and detailed multimedia and video archive of contemporary artists.Built using wood, the entire installation is created with a tremendous respect for its surrounding area, since without it, this effect would not be as strong. More images and architects’ description after the break.

New Otets Paisiy Public Library / Studio 8 1/2

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Architects: Studio 8 1/2
Location: Plovdiv,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio 8 1/2