Register: JAN/15/2018, Submit: JAN/15/2018, Eligibility: Qualified architects; individually, teams with at least one qualified architect, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 10,000 BGN (Bulgarian lev) (about 5,113 EUR), 2nd Prize 4,000 BGN (about 2,045 EUR), 3rd Prize 2,000 BGN (about 1,022 EUR)
Open Аir Ethnographic Museum “Etar” and the Municipality of Gabrovo with the support of the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria and the Union of Architects in Bulgaria are announcing the National One-stage Anonymous Architectural Competition Etar Museum Hotel. The main objective of the competition is to achieve an expert, transparent and motivated choice of a conceptual architectural project for reconstruction of the Strannopriemnitsa Hotel, part of the most visited group tourist destination in Bulgaria.
During the last few years there has been a tendency in Gabrovo to attract professionals with international education, recognition and experience. The OАEM “Etar”, as the largest group tourist destination in the city and among the most visited in Bulgaria, has been also undergoing a rapid development – it has updated its cultural calendar and has attracted both experienced professionals and young generation team members. Тhe Museum has expanded its thematic cultural and scientific events as well as the relevant targeted groups. The OАEM “Etar” has renewed its overall graphic vision, and in 2017 a contest for a new visual identity of the Museum has been held. Many of the immovable cultural heritage have been restored and preserved.
In this context, the redevelopment of Strannopriemnitsa Hotel as an integral part of OАEM “Etar” will contribute to the renovation and modernization of the complex. It allows for improvement of the functional links in OАEM “Etar”, for optimization of the spaces and for additional new functions, which will both enrich and popularize the work of the Museum. On the other hand, the reconstruction should preserve the spirit of the authentic Bulgarian architecture, skillfully combined with the classical modernism of the building. The reconstructed building should also provide spaces suitable to the current needs and future intentions of the Ethnographic Museum.
The participants are invited to present a functional architectural concept as well as a concept for the interior design, together with an estimated value of the project proposal. Fully qualified architects, as well as teams with at least one fully qualified architect, are eligible for participation.
ABOUT STRANNOPRIEMNITSA HOTEL
Situated at the foot of the Balkan Mountains and in close proximity of the Sivek River, Hotel Strannopriemnitsa is located 8 km south of the center of Gabrovo and is part of the Open Аir Ethnographic Museum “Etar”.
Built and furnished to comply with the overall appearance of the Ethnographic Museum, the hotel offers the opportunity for active recreation, business trips, business meetings, conference and festivals. The hotel provides conditions for year-round recreation away from the urban noise, combined with the authentic atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival.
Hotel Strannopriemnitsa offers 61 beds in 5 single, 22 double, 2 quadruple rooms and 1 apartment.
The estimated value of the investment project is 2 million BGN (about 1,022,377 euro) and the final value will be specified on the basis of the winning architectural design. Designer’s fee for the detailed design of the winner will comply with the current Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria’s Methodology for remuneration of design services.
ABOUT OAEM “ETAR”
The Open Аir Ethnographic Museum “Etar” is the first of its kind in Bulgaria. Opened on 7 September 1964, the Museum preserves and presents the architectural richness, the economic diversity, the lifestyle and the culture of the population of the central part of the Balkan Mountain from the end of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century.
The museum includes over 50 buildings and objects of public and religious use, as well as several thematic expositions – the only collection of active water-powered structures in Bulgaria, “Zanaytchiiska Charshiya” ensemble and traditional activities of the Balkan people.
Foreign participants are warmly welcomed should they submit all the competition documentation in Bulgarian and meet the general qualification requirements. Helpful for this purpose might be finding a Bulgarian partner.