The first architecture hackathon Elevated Habitat V1.0 ended with incredible success. The hackathon was part of Webit2017 programme and was held on the idea of Sofia's Chief Architect Zravko Zdravkov and Plamen Rousev, founder of Webit. The initiative was organized by Sofia Development Association and DesignMorphine Studio. The hackathon was part of the events of the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria on the occasion of Bulgaria's 10-year membership of the European Union.
On 26 April, architects with creative ideas worked for eight hours and offered their innovative concepts for the roof space of the Municipal Cultural Institute "Sredets". Innovative and future-oriented ideas were developed to turn the building's roof into an attractive place in this city area. The goal of Sofia Municipality was to turn the building into a stage that covered part of the needs of independent companies and artists to meet contemporary standards in the presentation of performing arts while preserving and improving its educational functions. It was essential for the participants' concepts to emphasize the connection between the building and the Zaimov Park, whose reconstruction is due in the coming years too.
As part of its investment programme under Operational Programme "Regions in Growth" 2014-2020, Sofia Municipality plans to carry out the reconstruction and modernization of the Municipal Cultural Institute, turning it into a Centre of Contemporary Performing Arts and Education; with this respect, the site's architectural design is also to be updated. The ideas and innovative solutions, which were generated during Elevated Habitat V1.0, will be taken into account in the revised investment project.
All concept were presented to a selection panel comprised of:
Arch. Zdravko Zdravkov, Chief Architect of Sofia;
Malina Edreva, Chaiperson of a Standing Committee, Sofia Municipal Council;
Boyko Blagoev, Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria;
Svetlana Lomeva, Director, Sofia Development Association;
Arch. Orlin Davchev, Deputy Dean, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geodesy;
Arch. Vladimir Deyanov, Interior and Design Department , University of Structural Engineering and Architecture "Lyuben Karavelov";
Plamen Rousev, President, Webit;
Tzvetelina Georgieva, Co-founder and President, DesignMorphine Association;
Vanya Barbalova, lawyer;
Ivan Velkov, Deputy Chairman of Sofia Municipal Council.
The task of the selection panel was extremely difficult. All of the presented concepts were innovative, created in support of the development of Sofia as an innovative and "green" city.
At an official ceremony of the National Register for New Construction and Reconstruction during Webit2017, the following teams and projects were awarded:
The first prize went to the Team:
Hristo Hristov, Alexander Chernev, Tina Kovachka, Tania Nikolova, Radostn Vouchev
The awards (amounting to 2000 leva) were provided by Sofia Development Association.
Throughout the day, the participants were supported and encouraged by a mentoring team of DesignMorphine:Raul Shishkov – associated partner @ DesignMorphine; Georgi Kunchev – associated partner @ DesignMorphine; Zlatko Yanakiev - member @ DesignMorphine; Martin Petrov - member @ DesignMorphine.