National Exhibition Centre: Shipka 6

Starting working on this project our team set us a task to understand the building and its life. The architectural appearance, function, structural design, location, vitality, social significance – these time resistant characteristics define the uniqueness of the building. They also bear its recognisability. That is why it is important for our team to preserve and enhance in the project proposal these values of the building.

The concept is inspired by the processes of transformation of the building and by its multi-layered importance for people today. Our team aimed to translate this new more communicative, dynamic, and blurred nature of art into architecture.

The spatial organisation is stimulated by our desire to introduce not only a working sum of functions but a symbiosis of various activities related to the creation and display of art. The building opens to the city and its people. It offers homely and communicative environment for daily communion and active exchange of artistic ideas. This concept we spread also in the exterior.

  • Authors:
    Atelier 3: Miroslav Velkov, Donika Georgieva, Dessislava Kovacheva, Georgi Kunchev
  • Collaborators:
    Atanas Georgiev, Nikola Angelov (structural engineers), Rumyana Lazarova (HVAC), Balcho Balchev (WSS)
  • Year: 2014
  • Client: Union of Bulgarian Artists
  • Status: international competition