Night Flight / Studio MODE

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Architects: Studio MODE
Location: Sofia,
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio MODE

Sense Hotel / Lazzarini Pickering Architetti

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Architects: Lazzarini Pickering Architetti
Location: , Bulgaria
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matteo Piazza

2 Oaks House / OBIA

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Location: , Bulgaria
Architects In Charge: Nikolay Ostrev, Vladislav Ignatov
Area: 475.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Georgi Ivanov, Alumina Elit

Kindergarten KITA / Conveyer

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Architects: Conveyer
Location: , Bulgaria
Architect In Charge: Ivaylo Andreev
Design Team: Angel Savlakov
Area: 660.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tsvetomir Dzhermanov, Ralitsa Stoynova, Courtesy of

‘Floating Plaza’ Competition Entry / NC-Office

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NC-Office shared with us their ‘Floating Plaza’ proposal for the competition that called for the urban concept and architectural design and development of Sveta Nedelya Square, in the city of . The main strategy for the project is to provide a clearly defined plaza for congregation in the heart of . To achieve this, the architects propose a plane which “peels” away from the north side of Sveta Nedelya Church and floats over Boulevard Vitosha. This ‘plane’ alludes to the historical use of that area of ancient Serdika. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Red Apple Apartment Building / Aedes Studio

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Architects: Aedes Studio
Location: , Bulgaria
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedes Studio

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Radionica Arhitekture

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Situated in the large fun park in the suburbs of Sofia, Radionica Arhitekture‘s proposal for the Collider Activity Center, which won one of five first prizes, is a small artificial ‘mountain’. When external conditions are favorable, the facade opens and the internal atmosphere becomes external. The second layer is the hall, a kind of a “cytoplasm”. The space between the façade and the climbing surface.This is the place of entrance, where the building and the park mix, the site of overlapping where all paths intersect. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / INDEX

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Located in the rapidly urbanizing Mladost area on the edge of central , the new Collider Activity Center, designed by INDEX, draws on the process of the tectonic movement and operations of geological forms as an organizational system to create architecture. The center will be one of the first new buildings to occupy the quasi Greenfield site and the broader urban structure plan for the area will eventually play host to a variety of new facilities, capitalizing on the latent potential of Bulgaria as an emerging economy. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida

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Located between two very different poles that have a great tension between them, architects Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, and Ana Vida (Fissure Team), designed the building of the Collider Activity Center to appear as a flow connector in the territory. In doing so, they create a transition from the urban to nature, from the stability to the unpredictable, from colonized to wild territories. It is broken by an organic geometry, by the adventure, by the representation of the natural world, that cuts the building and makes the users ‘break it, break it through, to the other side’ as a door to adventure. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / SO-AP Architects

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By creating a space which is open onto the city and welcoming for visitors, the proposal for the Collider Activity Center  by SO-AP Architects intends to be a place of importance in the city of . The objective is to propose a building designed to meet the expectations of a wide audience motivated by the challenge and keen on using a place offering multiple combinations of sports and rest, while being able to enjoy views on the city and its surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / STRATO

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Designed by STRATO, the project proposal for the Collider Activity Center has two primary objectives: visual identity and vitality. Conceived as a sort of natural formation, the entire building is emphasized by the folding panels of the walls, the placement of the volumes and the power that this arrangement represents. Since it is placed in a context of ongoing evolution, their version of the activity center aims to be the driving force of the transformation of the whole district of Sofia, by becoming a symbol for the entire city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Four Faces: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Atelier WHY

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Designed for the Collider Activity Center competition, Atelier WHY‘s ‘Four Faces’ proposal presents a diversity of images rather than one unified experience. With the building containing many different activities, the architects were interested in branding activities with different concepts.  They focused on how to convey the variety of activities happening inside to those who are outside though the shape of the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović

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Inspired to create a landmark in for the Collider Activity Center, the form of this building volume emerges from the striking rock columns, which are planted underneath the layer of earth and extend up into the open landscape. Instead of literally being rocks, this design by Gojko Radić and Nataša Stefanović metaphorically has an analogy in this natural Bulgarian setting around its stunning cliffs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Wallcano’: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Zohar Architects

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Walltopia, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of artificial climbing walls and grips, organized the Collider Activity Center competition located in Sofia, near the foothills of Mount Vitosha – one of ’s most popular tourist destinations. The proposal by Zohar Architects is a 100% climbable structure: a donut-shaped courtyard building informed by the diversity of context. Its volume is extruded using ‘grafts’ of the world’s most famous mountains as formwork to create a patchwork of alpine geo-diversity, with a perfect cast of Abraham Lincoln’s nose from Mount Rushmore prominently positioned to satisfy curious climber fantasies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘The Crown of Septiemvri’ Soccer Stadium Proposal / Gras Arquitectos

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Located in the old plot of the Olympic stadium of Sofia, , the proposal for the new soccer stadium by Gras Arquitectos aims to create a new mixed complex, keeping as much as possible the green and central qualities of the plot. Designed to seat around 15,000, the plot itself works as a central park of the neighborhood. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design: Harry Seidler Exhibition

Berman House, Joadja, New South Wales, 1996-99 © Eric Sierins

Celebrating the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Harry Seidler, the leading Australian architect of the twentieth century, the ‘Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design’ traveling exhibition will take place January 10-February 10 in Sofia, at the VIVACOM Art Hall. The exhibition traces Austrian-born Seidler’s key role in bringing Bauhaus principles to Australia and identifies his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. The exhibition was developed by curator Vladimir Belogolovsky of Intercontinental Curatorial Project in New York with Penelope Seidler and & Associates in Sydney and sponsored by Seidler Architectural Foundation. More information on  the exhibition after the break.

Metro Station 20 Proposal / NC-Office

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Designed by NC-Office, the Metro Station 20 competition proposal establishes an identity as a market street station connecting the above ground activities with skylights down to platform levels while allowing for concentrated density and a transit oriented development. In this way, nature differs from ‘the tower in the park’ typology. The development of a mid-rise density in between Druzhba1 and Druzhba 2 stitches together the two neighborhoods. The intent of the project is to anchor the station entrances at major pedestrian traffic locations – on the plaza and near the pipeline park. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘The Lantern’ Metro Station and Public Arena / ShaGa Studio + MaDG

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ShaGa studio, in collaboration with MaDG, shared with us their proposal for The Lantern, a new metro station and public arena for the future extension of Metro Line 1 in , Bulgaria. Shortlisted from over 130 entries in the Station20 competition, their design fluctuates between scales, creating a strong iconic image towards a southern public plaza while providing a soft landscape link as a northern station entrance. More images and architects’ description after the break.