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Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Radionica Arhitekture

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Radionica Arhitekture, Courtesy of Radionica Arhitekture
Courtesy of Radionica Arhitekture

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

01:00 - 13 April, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / INDEX, Courtesy of INDEX
Courtesy of INDEX

Located in the rapidly urbanizing Mladost area on the edge of central Sofia, 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

01:00 - 10 April, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida, Courtesy of Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida
Courtesy of Ignacio Gias, Jesús Lorenzo Garvín, Ana Vida

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

01:00 - 7 April, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / SO-AP Architects, Courtesy of SO-AP Architects
Courtesy of SO-AP Architects

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 Sofia. 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

01:00 - 2 April, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / STRATO, Courtesy of STRATO
Courtesy of STRATO

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, Bulgaria 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

01:00 - 31 March, 2013
Four Faces: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Atelier WHY, Courtesy of Atelier WHY
Courtesy of Atelier WHY

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

01:00 - 26 March, 2013
Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović, Courtesy of Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović
Courtesy of Gojko Radić + Nataša Stefanović

Inspired to create a landmark in Sofia 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

01:00 - 25 March, 2013
'Wallcano': Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Zohar Architects, Courtesy of Zohar Architects
Courtesy of Zohar Architects

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 Bulgaria’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.

Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design: Harry Seidler Exhibition

11:00 - 8 January, 2013
Berman House, Joadja, New South Wales, 1996-99 © Eric Sierins
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, Bulgaria 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 Harry Seidler & Associates in Sydney and sponsored by Seidler Architectural Foundation. More information on the exhibition after the break.

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

11:00 - 15 February, 2012
Courtesy of ShaGa Studio w/Doro Dietz Arch.Visualization
Courtesy of ShaGa Studio w/Doro Dietz Arch.Visualization

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 Sofia, 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.

Metro Station 20 Proposal / ZNA

04:00 - 24 January, 2012
Courtesy of ZNA
Courtesy of ZNA

Sofia’s new Metropolitan Station 20 on line 1 connects the nearby historic city with a modern and developing city center. It creates an underground world inspired by the cities’ culture and modern day aspirations. The design strategy by ZNA (Zeybekoglu Nayman Associates, Inc.) seeks to take advantage of the overlapping relationship between Obikolna Street and the proposed station below. The design of a centralized median, which moderates traffic, becomes the glass spine of the station. Composed of high angled walls in white architectural concrete the station is formed to capture natural light. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Station 20 Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

11:00 - 15 January, 2012
view from main plaza
view from main plaza

The Metro Station 20 proposal by Peter Ruge Architekten on Metro Line 1 in Sofia, Bulgaria acts as a primary metro connection between Sofia’s city center and the airport, and the hub of a major commercial redevelopment plan. Their design seeks to establish clear pathways, form active connections and harmonize architecture and landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Metro Station 20 / MSB Architects

11:00 - 28 December, 2011
Courtesy of MSB Architects
Courtesy of MSB Architects

The proposal for the Metro Station 20 by MSB Architects aims to create passing spaces, with the creation and delineation of structures and trees that provide the amenities for this occupation. Assuming that the city will grow to this area, this project may be structured in this new area of the city through the creation of common spaces – above and below ground – with a philosophy of unity at a visual and functional language. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In Progress: Red Apple Apartment Building / Aedes Studio

15:00 - 15 July, 2011
rendering
rendering

The surrounding neighborhood consists mostly of apartment blocks that date back from the 70’s. The buildings are large with enough space in-between and plenty of greenery. Because the whole area is built in relatively short period of time and not very long ago, it lacks the typical historic layers of the city center. Here the connection to nature is direct enough, the access to all city-conveniences – fast enough and easy, what makes the area nice to dwell. In spite of that it still lacks history, (memories of) the past and atmosphere.

Architect: Aedes Studio Location: Sofia, Bulgaria Photographs: Aedes Studio

In Progress: Building In Sofia / Aedes Studio

16:00 - 7 January, 2011
© Aedes Studio
© Aedes Studio

Architects: Aedes Studio / Plamen Bratkov Location: Sofia, Bulgaria Project Year: 2010-2011 Photographs: Aedes Studio