Register: OCT/18/2018, Submit: OCT/18/2018, Eligibility: Professionals, legal and/or natural persons; teams composed of at least: architect – team leader, urbanist (city planner), expert for immovable cultural heritage, landscape architect, architect, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Prize 70,000 BGN (Bulgarian lev) (about 35,790 EUR) + negotiations about contract for the design, 2nd Prize 60,000 BGN (about 30,680 EUR), 3rd Prize 50,000 BGN (about 25,560 EUR), 4th Prize 40,000 BGN (about 20,450 EUR), 5th Prize 30,000 BGN (about 15,340 EUR)
Sofia Municipality (Bulgaria) announces an open competition for conceptual architectural and urban planning project (restoration, renovation and construction) of Sveta Nedelya Square and its adjacent public spaces, aiming to create a network of public spaces while preserving their identity. The space of the square around Sveta Nedelya – the cathedral temple of Holy Metropolis of Sofia Headquarters is an inseparable part of the symbolic part of the historically formed system public spaces in the city center. It is situated in the very heart of Sofia, just on the crossing point of the main directions of the ancient Roman city, it has kept the memory of the ancient and modern history and has preserved so far its vitality and attractiveness – for the residents of the capital city of million inhabitants and for its visitors. This makes it a place of the key importance for the present time and the future of the city of Sofia and defines the specifics of the challenges of its new renovation which is to preserve its cultural and spatial identity and at the same time, respond to the complex requirements to the functionality and features of the present urban environment. The elements of the territory are closely bound together in a single developing living system through the variety of access and mobility options and due to the short links between the representative, cultural, recreational and commercial functions of one another within, around and along the diverse such as squares, gardens, boulevards and streets, public buildings and complexes.
There is a tendency of the general expectation that the square develops by combining transport efficiency and functional intensity with the creation of a public space comfortable for people with extensive green structure, pedestrian convenience, good microclimate, integration and socialization of the elements of the cultural heritage in the contemporary urban environment.
- continuity between historical layers and modern structure
- connect public spaces of human scale
- establish the connection between pedestrian spaces
- create an accessible and safe connection between the visitors and exposed archaeological values
- enhance the accessibility
- ensure activity – at all times of the day and all year round
- create a modern urban design
- economic feasibility of the conceptual solution