New Urban Park in Haskovo
The city of Haskovo faces the challenge of reusing a vast terrain of former military barracks. Abandoned for nearly a decade, the territory gradually loses many of its built structures and becomes unpleasant, dirty and avoided place. The city’s strategy is to transform the terrain into a new park.
The project is a competition entry designed in collaboration with place.make studio.
The project aims to reinvent the site’s potential as a connector between distinct city areas, diverse people and different times. The various proposed areas enhance the territory’s identity both as a former military unit and as a future city park. We took advantage of the existing. The individual functional areas are inspired precisely by the qualities of each particular place. The landscaping proposals integrate optimal reuse of natural resources – rainwater, timber, solar energy. The proposal preserves some of the anthropogenic assets – structures, building materials, peculiar elements. Thus, the new city park not only combines different places and activities but tells stories and engages the senses.