Arhis Project / Bulgaria
AWARDS: CAB 2009 – residential buildings, Building of the year 2009 – nomination, Building of the year 2011, WhATA 2017 DETAILS ABOUT THE PRESENTED PROJECT: Located in the contact zone between the city of Varna and the sea within close proximity to the Sea Garden, the city’s largest and only park listed as tangible cultural heritage. The communication backbone of the area is Alley 1, the street bordering the sea and beaches. Observation Point Varna Beach is part of the renovation project affecting existing buildings within a section of Alley 1. Acting as an urban pause, the space creates a natural connection between key sites in the Sea Garden (Rock Garden and Wish Bridge) and the sea. The space functions as a breakthrough not only visually but also by means of ensuring pedestrian access to the beach. The transition is marked by a pergola bridging the adjacent buildings and visually framing the view of the sea. Stylistically reminiscent of 1960s’ modernism, it makes direct reference to the surrounding architecture initially designed and recently renovated in the spirit of this style, the most emblematic of which being the adjacent Lighthouse Restaurant standing out with its external spiral staircase.