Exhibition Centre, Sofia

Year:

2014

Size:

5 500 m2

Location:

Sofia,Bulgaria

Status:

Competition proposal.Fourth place

In the current building, façade structure and spatial organization of functional blocks both declare non-transparency, closed nature and introversion each of exhibition center and UBA in general.
Our competition proposal contemplates on extraversion of the building, turning it to the city, considering the relation of daily life and art, intensifying the participation of citizens in the cultural dimension.
At the same time, the other goal is to upgrade the quality of every functional block in the UBA building, to level up the effi ciency of constructional solutions and to improve the energy effi ciency.
The sequence of transformations is the solution:
1. Spatial organization
Prevailing space typologies in the building are exhibition halls and offi ces/rental spaces.
The existing layout does not fulfi ll the assignment, e.g. the confi guration of rental spaces is not effi cient enough, and exhibition halls are almost isolated from surrounding and turned inside the block.
Our competition proposal is to place the requested offi ces and rental spaces into the southern side of the building as a block extended along the façade. The depth of it provides the necessary amount of light.
Exhibition halls are rotated and placed into the northern side of the building, therefore they look at Shipka str. and Sveti Klimenta Ohridski str. The new façade system provides the connection between halls and the city by its transparency.