Wold renowned French architect, Dominique Perrault, has been selected to design the Sofia City Center.
The news was announced by architect Mityo Videlov, advisor the Bulgaria's Minister for Regional Development, cited by Darik radio.
The city center will be built in the next ten years and will house different State institutions. The center will be located along the main Sofia boulevard "Tsarigradsko Shosse"....
Something about this story does not compute. I don't see why there is a need for a second city center and more government buildings. There are enough Stalinist government buildings already in existence, Sofia does not need more. The government during communist times was huge. Surely now the government is not larger? If there was enough space for the government during commie times, why is there not enough space now that the government should be shrinking? Someone should sharpen his pencil and do some serious space planning.
Judging by the visualisations here this plan will involve concreting over most of one of the last large parks in Sofia:
Presumably in order to finance this colonisation of public space the government will sell off many of its city centre properties to private developers. Given the way Bulgarian developers behave, I cannot imagine this will be good news for central Sofia. We can look forward to yet more casinos, mutra baroque hotels and chalga clubs...
"Yet, what if not 'mutra-post-modern' is the building-fashion spread throughout Bulgaria now? But it's logical, since the place the new-Bulgarians most probably enjoy to visit is Las Vegas."
Now wait a minute! You can't blame mutri bad taste on postmodernism. There is always the possibility of misusing a style.
'Can you say "post-modern architecture"?
Clearly, they haven't heard about it in Bulgaria yet. They are at least 30 years behind the times as far as architectural design is concerned.'
Je ne sais pas, as Dominique Perrault would say.
I would say, thank God, they haven't heard about the post-modern thing in Bulgaria, yet. Samo tova ni lipsva. Yet, what if not 'mutra-post-modern' is the building-fashion spread throughout Bulgaria now? But it's logical, since the place the new-Bulgarians most probably enjoy to visit is Las Vegas.
And you are all too optimistic, Nelly, what 30 years, we need centuries to catch up with the world.
About Perrault, je ne sais pas, again. Visiting the National Library is like entering a sci-fi movie, out of this world. I don't say bad or good.
Can you say "post-modern architecture"?
Clearly, they haven't heard about it in Bulgaria yet. They are at least 30 years behind the times as far as architectural design is concerned.
They should just hire the celebrated 'Architect' Baba Nellie - no doubt she would design a concrete monstrosity in the shape of her Samovar, complete with a solid gold statue of her hero Hitler on the top. Oh, and a basement carpark........
Exactly my sentiments - just as well it ain't happening. Even if it does somehow happen, it will not make Sofia look like Paris by any stretch of the imagination. It will make Sofia look even more outdated and Soviet era ugly than it already is. The French don't even hire this dude, they hire people like Richard Rogers (the Brit) and Renzo Piano (the Italian).
"The bad news is, this dude's work consists of extremely boring steel and glass 1970ies designs. "
Indeed, quite a few supermarkets in the portfolio, and identikit office buildings. Dull and mediocre as f*ck!
Just as well it ain't happening, there is enough mediocre socialist architecture and terrible 'postmodern' mutra baroque architecture in Sofia, we don't need bland French architecture too!
"The financing of the project, however, is still ambiguous and, according to Videlov, will include external financing, financing from individuals and public-private partnerships."
Translation: there is not a cat in hell's chance of this ever happening, but thanks for the hefty consultant's fees, Bulgarian government!
The bad news is, this dude's work consists of extremely boring steel and glass 1970ies designs.
The good thing is, the funding for the project is up in the air, so there is an excellent chance of the project never getting built.
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