Varna Library

The core concept of the project is communication. A library is a treasury of human knowledge. Gradually the libraries started to evolve adding various new activities to meet the changing needs of society. Varna Library shall honestly reveal this functionality to the city.

The library is designed as a simple building to correspond to the urban context. The resultant architectural form is a fresh reading of the surrounding city matrix uniting both the monumental ambience and the human scale.

The volumes are conceived as a clearly visible accumulation of three key space types: the depository – the keeper of Bulgarian national literature; the literature itself – the general access to the collections of written works; the social environment – the various adaptive services a modern library offers the society.

The functions are organised in a way to allow intuitive orientation, easy connections between the different spaces, and clearly perceptible outdoor-indoor contact.





  • Authors:
    Atelier 3: Miroslav Velkov, Georgi Kunchev, Dessislava Kovacheva, Donika Georgieva
  • Year: 2015
  • Client: Varna Municipality
  • Status: International competition
  • Status:
    Longlisted, 25th out of 370 entries
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