A contest is being held to design a landmark £27.4 million mixed-use development at the Borovets ski and mountain resort in Bulgaria
The anonymous single-stage competition seeks ‘attractive, innovative and sustainable’ proposals for a commercial, recreational and leisure hub at the centre of the popular holiday destination, 70km from the capital Sofia.
The 22,019m² project will transform a prominent plot known as the Golden Triangle, situated next to the finish line of the ski runs, the chairlift and some of the resort’s most important hotel complexes. The busy 2.3ha site is currently occupied by a large number of improvised restaurants, cafés, bars, shops and stalls along with many coniferous trees.
Samokov Municipality which is backing the competition says it wants to develop Borovets ‘as an innovative, sustainable and attractive European leader in year-round family mountain tourism and sports, as well as its popularisation on a regional and international scale. The aim is to establish Borovets as a green resort, aimed at an increasing number of visitors - nature and mountains enthusiasts as well as lovers of extreme activities such as mountain running, climbing, cycling and freestyle in the summer, free ride in winter.
‘The main objective of the competition is to collect a wide range of high-level conceptual designs for the spatial development and the architectural appearance of the territory, from which to select a project, suitable for the Municipality Vision for the resort’s development, realised in stages.’
The municipality hopes that the successful project will contribute to a better understanding of the local culture, sports and nature by providing a higher quality of life to both visitors and local residents.
Borovets was founded in 1896 as a hunting place for Bulgarian kings and is the country’s oldest ski and mountain sports resort. The popular year-round holiday destination is located in the Samokov valley at the foot of the Rila, Verila, Vitosha and Plana mountains.
The latest project will upgrade the resort’s Golden Triangle area by delivering a new high-quality development featuring retail, restaurants, cafés, a health centre, multifunctional hall, public square, offices, studio apartments, a tourism hub, cultural facilities and an education area. Landscaping proposals will also be required.
The free-to-enter competition is supported by the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria, the Union of Architects in Bulgaria and the Union of Urbanists in Bulgaria. The official contest language is Bulgarian but submissions may feature both English and Bulgarian.
Judges include Marius Mowe, co-founder of Norway’s Oslo Atelier; Vanya Serafimova, managing partner at Atelier Serafimov Architects; and Nadejda Klincheva-Koleva, chief architect at the Municipality of Samokov.
The overall winner will receive around £9,120 and the design commission. A second prize of £5,470 and third prize of £3,650 will also be awarded along with two further prizes worth £2,280 each.
The deadline for applications is 5.30pm local time (GMT+2) on 10 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information