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10.01.2018 Arena Burgas / ARCHITECTURE Magazine
LIBRARY VARNA, CONTEXT, SOCIETY, PROGRAM, RESPONSIBILITY!
БИБЛИОТЕКА ВАРНА, КОНТЕКСТ, СОЦИУМ, ПРОГРАМА, ОТГОВОРНОСТ!
Varna Library. One of the few competitions for significant public building in Bulgaria. 10AM Architects responsibly focused its resources and potential to participate, starting parallel analysis of context, program and contemporary image of a library. The announcement of the competition supposed a building that would improve the image of the sea capital. Building that would become new urban center and put on a pedestal science and education. Analysing the context, expose a complex situation: square space with high potential for both gathering a lot of people and organizing different events.
A municipality building, looking a bit lonely and introvert. Orthogonal adjoining five-storey residential buildings in north and east, situated in absolutely regular urban structure.
The old city of Varna is located diagonally to the main pedestrian flow from the city center. The presence of cultural institutions nearby, such as Archaeological Museum and Art Gallery, requires their integration to the new cultural infrastructure. And last but not least, when it comes to significant building, the sea and the industrial character of the city must be considered.
The analysis of the program has showed that it is too ambitious and detailed set. Distribution of the areas fills the volume of urban planning framework around 60-80%, which is too much for creating an exciting, peaceful and balanced building. Simply stated: the targeted urban framework will affect any structure. This dilemma was whether to keep or to break or cut the program? Relying on the responsibility and competence of the organizers and the guarantees requested by the administration and by the Mayor of the Varna Municipality, we decided that it was not necessary to make a new program and through the project to advise the contracting authority what is nice, good, possible and what is desirable! Thinking on the program, if seriously and responsibly speaking of architecture, we can not ignore the criteria security and control of public spaces. Can not be ignored sizing of evacuation routes and access to the various functional areas. We can not deny and ignore the conditions of the geological structure and seismicity of the region and their impact on buildings and facilities. The contemporary interpretation of the library assumes an open, friendly structure. Accessible and welcoming for socially committed contacts, discussions, debates and informal relations. The link between serious scientific work and the open public environment are not , and can not be in one space. It is absolutely enough the structure to contain them and to predispose the audience to different relations and activities.
From the start of the work on the contest we strongly followed the rule that public buildings should be a natural extension of urban public spaces and must be of absolute and unconditional benefit of people both emotionally - aesthetic and utilitarian! We started programming the space! Regardless of the urban framework. Our view was that socially responsible architecture in no way impairs the comfort and quality of living in the buildings in close proximity to the spot of the construction. The people that have been living with a park in front of their homes, should continue to live in the same harmony with a building ahead.
The context and the program have been conducive to the development of micro urban square space over 15 m elevation. This is the place overlooking all parts of the city including the sea, as 15-16m appears to be a strongly expressed horizon in the city and even more in this place.
Another characteristic of the context was orthogonal and regular arrangement of buildings and neighborhoods around.
Not least in the programming process of the structure appear the rigors of fire regulations and conditions ensuring operational safety, access control between different functional areas and at the same time satisfying the criteria business and security. We have to add constructive features of the place, construction in seismic areas, the level of groundwater, the nature of the soil, enabling only secant foundation with piles according to our experts - one of the most expensive and sophisticated ways of foundation after decompression. So we came to three clear parameters: 1. Free and open ground floor with no columns or unnecessary obstacles both physical and visual, high enough to be a natural continuation of the surrounding square space where the park actually presents. 2. Micro city square area of over 15 m elevation, not just an outdoor terrace but a really small intimate urban space, sheltered, surrounded by inviting structures of the library and creating the feeling of urban living room in the world of science and education. 3. Complex structural and operational program.
There was only one unknown where to locate the big sized archive, which is good to be fairly closed and compact, but at the same time very well infrastructure resourced, air-conditioned, with humidity control and high level of protection, including fire. The solution came as a structure that simultaneously satisfies two conditions. To be constructive damper between the ground level and the top level and at the same time to be compact and closed structure to accommodate the archive.
This outcome created a unique architectural engineering facility, allowing the building to levitate above the space.
Over 16 meters to create a MICRO CITY, emotional, modern, even peering into the future, such as the knowledge, science and human endeavor.
Micro structures of this city to be recognizable, simple, elegant and clear images, logical and functional and so open to the world around, as are the human senses!
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29.09.2016 BUILDING INNOVATION FORUM 2016DESET architects participated in two panels of BUILDING INNOVATION FORUM 2016
16.09.2016 Arena BurgasIn progress is the realization of the largest sports hall in Bulgaria - Arena Burgas, designed by DESET architects Ltd.
VATION FORUM 2016
participated in two panels of
02.01.2016 PRISMATIC residential buildingDESET architects continues working on PRISMATIC project for a residential building in Sofia
30.12.2015 Culture and Art Center DimitrovgradReconstruction project of DESET architects for a Culture and art center in Dimitrovgrad
03.12.2015 Varna Library Competition DESET architects’s participation in the Varna Library Competition, 2015
19.07.2015 Istanbul Community Market Competition DESET architects's vision for the Istanbul Community Market Competition, 2015.
15.06.2015 Social house in BojurishteDESET architects's reconstruction project in Bojurishte completed recently.
12.05.2014 THE LEGEND OF TENTDESET architects is finalist of world architecture competition THE LEGEND OF TENT.
04.03.2014 HOUSE RAICHO ZLATANOVComing up completion of single family house in Bogyovtsi designed by DESET architects.
10.01.2014 Boarding School BotevgradThe reconstruction of the boarding school in Botevgrad has been completed recently. Project of DESET architects.
14.12.2013 Competition for City Center of SofiaDESET architects's conception for Zone 1 of the City Center of Sofia competition organized by Sofia Municipality.
29.10.2013 Competition for City Center of Sofia DESET architects is part of an international team organized by GRUPA GRAD to participate in the national competition for 4 zones of the city center of Sofia, announced by Sofia Municipality.