Maritsa River Arts and Cultural Center

DesignerDenitsa Knyazhevich
Prize2nd Place in Architecture Categories / New Commercial Building
Entry Description

“Water is the driving force in the nature” Leonardo da Vinci said. But there are still places in the world where water is neglected. Bulgaria is one of these countries where rivers are perceived as an obstacle. Because of their poor maintenance often we are witnessing a flooding and destruction. This in turn makes people afraid of rivers and lakes and example of this is the shift of cities away from them. This is the reason I choose to design a building that meets all the requirements of Cultural and Art Center but to be dedicated to water. To expose the water in different standard and interactive methods and at the same time to be made up of water - “to be water itself”. The main purpose of the project is to give people a chance to learn about the essence of water and to respect it, because water is an integral part of our lives and for its loving and preserving we should first know it.

About Designer

Born in Turgovishte, Bulgaria in 1989, commenced her education at the High School of Arts in Turgovishte, in the field of Fine Arts. She moved to Sofia in 2008 to study architecture at the University of Architecture, Civil Engeneering and Geodesy to completion during 2014. While studying she deals with a number of interesting projects and studies in the field of architecture and design. Among the greatest achievements are her participation as a finalist in the student competition of the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore - Recognition for design excellence in response to the issue of ageing population; also First Place for Green Interior in the Annual Competition "House of the year" 2012 by Ideal home magazine - Bulgaria; and many more awards in the field of fine arts.