"Transform the 1300 years of Bulgaria monumnent" is a contest organised by Тransformatori Association  in 2012. 

The results were announced during Sofia Architecture Week 2012. Here one can see all projects, including the 3 winning ones. For me personally the reasons to participate in the contest were as follows: 


1.To show that history cannot be erased no matter if we like it or not. It can be only accepted, overcome and we can learn from it. There are always traces from history, incl. in our material environment - buildings, monuments, spaces. They give identity and it is up to us to see them with "new eys".

2. The space in front of the National Palace of Culture deserves special attention with its potential to turn into a contemporary public space in Sofia center. Much better than it is nowadays. And this contest seems to be the nearest to an adequate design contest that would touch this problem soon. The monument is only one of the focal points in this space and that is why I decided to use it as motiv to change the appearence of the whole surrounding space. I think none of the participants in the contest imagined their proposals as actual projects for changing the monument - they were only signs that the whole space should be reconsidered in a more contemporary way. It is the author of the monument - prof. Valentin Starchev - who has the right to redisign the monument.


3. I don't hate the monument and don't find it ugly. It carries the specifics of a certain time and ideas and time itself has left so many marks on its body. It somehow reflects our society. I find the contest an arena for polemics, ideas, possibilities. That is why I have created the media mesh around the monument. 

Here is the main idea:


Sofia GRID


3rd award in the contest

project by Mariana Sarbova

with special thanks to arch. Guergana Tileva


20th century architecture tries to express movements, flows, dynamics, the interior life of buildings by means of material and sculpture. With the ubiquitous digital technologies this scenario finds also another direction and stylistics - the data flow. 

The usual approach of building connections through form, material, color, etc. is enriched by media properties as content, sound, interaction with the enviroment and people. The media facade is a contact surface of the building that tries to communicate with us and has not only physical aspect but also socio-cultural one. It adds another dimension in the architectural context.

This media approach is one possible scenario to be applied to the space in front of the National Palace of Culture and the disputed monument in front of it. This could help for creating a lively and contemporary public space and the monument could carry not only historical messages but also contemporary ones.



Sofia GRID

The basic idea is to create a mesh of LED lights around the monument. This grid would form a multi-dimensional urban screen for digital videos, created especially for this grid.

The videos will be created on the pattern of the monument.

The 1300 years of Bulgarian history will interweave with contemporaneity.

The space around the monument will attract active urban live.