The jury have selected 3 finalists and recommended to be ranked as follow:
First place: Entry #84; second place: Entry #28; third place: Entry #96.
The winner will be selected by Plovdiv Municipality.
According to the competition rules, the jury has selected 3 finalists. The Municipality of Plovdiv have to select the winner after public discussions and Expert Committee approval.
Help with your opinion. Voting is available until September 1.
Voting is in Bulgarian only
The Municipality of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and One Architecture Week invite worldwide architects to participate in an open international competition for concept design. The competition is to outline the future of the Central Square in Plovdiv—an emblematic location where most of the significant historical periods of the city overlap. A solution for their untroubled co-existence is yet to be found.
The competition is international and anonymous. Eligible for participation are Bulgarian and foreign architects or teams with at least one member who is an architect and in legal capacity to practice architectural design.
The winners will be selected in two stages of evaluation.
Stage 1: The international jury distinguishes 3 finalists
Stage 2: Following a public discussion, the Municipality of Plovdiv selects the final winner among the 3 finalists.
Participation in the competition is free. No preliminary registration is required. Projects should be submitted online via special form on this website which will be accessible between 14 June and 20 June 2014.
The three finalists will receive financial rewards as follows:
First prize: 20 000 BGN (~10 000 EUR)
Second and third prizes: 10 000 BGN (~5 000 EUR)
|11 April 2014||Competition announced|
|11 April–20 June 2014||Projects development. Questions and answers. The answers to the frequently asked questions will be published here.|
|14–20 June 2014||Project submission|
|21–23 June 2014||Technical committee|
|24–27 June 2014||Expert committee|
|28–29 June 2014||International jury meeting. Announcement of the 3 finalists.|
|30 June–12 September 2014||Public discussion of the finalists. Final winner selection.|
|12 September 2014||Final winner announced.|
Architect Saša Begović, 3LHD, CroatiaSaša Begović graduated in architecture in 1994 in Zagreb. He is one of the founding partners of the acclaimed Croatiаn 3LHD architectural studio. He also teaches at the University of Split, Croatia. Some of the most distinguished projects by 3LHD are the Riva Split Waterfront, Zamet Center, Sports Hall Bale, the Croatiаn pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2010.
Architect Aser Giménez Ortega, MVRDV, the NetherlandsAser Giménez Ortega steps in the place of Jeroen Zuidgeest as representative of MVRDV in the Jury. He is a Spanish architect and project leader at MVRDV since 2007. He studied at TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. Before joining MVRDV, he worked as an architect and urban designer in Spain, Brazil and the Netherlands.
Architect Elena Arguirova, Olivier Gahinet Architecture, FranceElena Argurova graduated from the Strassbourg National School of Architecture. She has completed a MA course in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage offered by the schools of architecture in Strassbourg and Belleville, Paris. Since 2009 she is one of the chief architects at Olivier Gahinet Architecture, Paris. She has been on archaeological missions to Delphi, Greece and Petra, Jordan.
Architect Ilko Nikolov, Chairman of the Municipal Council of PlovdivChairman of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria - Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Deputy Chairman of the Union of Architects in Bulgaria, Chairman of the Association for Sustainable Development and Analyses. Chief Architect of Central Region in the period 1993-1996
Architect Roumen Roussev, Chief Architect of the Municipality of PlovdivFormer Chief Architect of Trakia Region, former Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction of the Municipality of Plovdiv.
Architect Ljubo Georgiev, One Architecture WeekLjubo Georgiev studied architecture at the IUAV University of Venice (Italy) and at the Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). Upon graduating in 2007, he worked for Claus en Kaan Architecten in Amsterdam and for MVRDV in Rotterdam. In 2012 he moved to China to work for Turenscape (Beijing). Curator of Sofia Architecture Week 2011. Director of One Architecture Week since February 2014.
Milena Metalkova, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, SofiaGraduated in architecture in 1993 in Sofia and specialized in Bauhaus, Prague and Kyoto. She has completed MA course in History of Japan Architecture in Kyoto University and a PhD in Preservation of Architectural Heritage in Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan. From 2012, she is deputy dean for research and international activities of the Faculty of Architecture in UACEG, Sofia and teaches in the History and Theory Department there.
During the evaluation process the international jury will be joined by an expert committee comprising:
Central Square is a difficult place ridden with problems. Most of the historical and architectural layers of the city intersect right here – archaeological excavations, a socialist Party House, a Modernist and later renovated post office, а park from the late 19th century and a number of transport conflicts.
The aim of the competition goes beyond renovation of the square and its adjacent areas. The challenge is to provide a strategy for harmonizing all these layers into an actively functioning, attractive and distinctly contemporary space.
Competition projects should propose:
The package contains all materials necessary to start project development: site plan (DWG file) and competition assignment (PDF file), including the competition program, requirements, drawings, historical overview.
Download competition assignment ZIP, 29 MB
To all participants who have downloaded the English version of the Competition Assignment prior 30 April. There is a mistake on page 12, Objectives for Zone C. The wrong version: "... while retaining the parameters of the existing facilities (stairs, ramps, height and width of the tunnels)." The right version: "... while retaining the parameters of the existing facilities (height and width of the tunnels)." The mistake is already fixed. The conclusion: Stairs and ramps of all underpasses can be changed.
The following materials have been requested by participants in Q&A or added by the Municipality of Plovdiv. They give further information about objects and sites within or in close vicinity to the competition area and will be updated regularly.
The competition assignment and this website have been produced by WhAT Association
upon invitation by the Municipality of Plovdiv and One Architecture Week and are legal property of the Municipality of Plovdiv.