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Effix Pavilion: Design of a small shape in the urban environment: a difficult task

The international competition for young architects and students, known as “Effix in the Sea Garden of Varna,” ended on the 15th of August 2016. The event organized by Devnya Cement AD and Varna Design Forum was a great success, as we witnessed increased participation and enjoyed the presentation of many quality projects. (http://effixpavilion.com/).

Having benefited from the excellent collaboration of organizers, and the international composition of the jury, the competition has enjoyed both, an enhanced   credibility, and attracted the participation of 95 teams from 34 countries and 5 continents. The Bulgarian participants numbered  21, followed by those from:  India – 5, UK – 5, Italy –  4,  Iran – 4, Russia – 4, Romania – 3, Ukraine – 3, Georgia – 3, Philippines – 3, Hong Kong – 3, Indonesia– 3, Ethiopia – 3, United States – 3, Sweden – 2, Spain – 2, Hungary – 2, China – 2, Colombia – 2, Peru –  2, Japan – 2. Projects were also presented by teams from Germany, Greece, France, Belarus, Kosovo, Poland, Lebanon, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and Venezuela. In this aspect the competition enjoyed great success. We were pleased to see that comments on the pages of the contest were overwhelmingly positive. Many expressed gratitude for the chance given young architects, through the contest, to learn so much about the topic – “This Great Ocean” (Yassaman Abzade).

The competition gave its interpretation of the contemporary understanding of ”the shape”, how it is a reflection of its creators, and of the public attitudes regarding the subject (the audience award).

The anonymous contest targeted architects under the age of 35 years and students. Our initial intentions were to have an even lower threshold of 29 years of age. The competition confirmed once again, the classic relationship between results and accumulated professional experience.

Having intentionally set rather challenging restriction the contest organizers intended the contest as an opportunity aimed specifically at the young professional in our field. We were full aware of the challenging economic conditions faced by the entire world. The finding of a job, even more so a job where one can be challenged to grow and think, a job which stimulates one’s imagination and creativity is a heavy task especially for the novice in the field. To help in this regard, was the first of three specific objectives of the competition.

The essence of the task was indeed  of, “oceanic” proportions. The principal difficulty emerged from the combination of several important requirements. To create both a functional and uniquely impacting shape. To achieve modularity. To use concrete prepared in the laboratories for innovative technology of Devnya Cement.  And finally this material to be used as an important shaping factor in the context of the Sea Garden of Varna.  Thus, the application of innovative and yet unknown materials, was the second specific objective of the contest.

The third specific objective was the enrichment of the urban environment of Varna, (a basic goal of the Varna Design Forum) which in turn would add to the global enrichment of the creating of shapes globally. Looking at the winning projects and the number of others lauded by the jury, it is clear to see that this year’s competition achieved its goals.

 

Rositsa Nikiforova, Christo Topchiev 24.09.2016

Effix Pavilion: Design of a small form in the urban environment: a difficult task

With surprisingly increased participation and many quality projects on 15 August 2016 completed “Effix Pavilion in the Sea Garden of Varna” – the international competition for young architects and students, organized by Devnya Cement AD and Varna Design Forum (http://effixpavilion.com/).

The good collaboration of organizers and the international composition of the jury, have contributed to enhancing the credibility of the competition and the participation of 95 teams from 34 countries and 5 continents. The Bulgarian participants were 21; participants from India – 5, UK – 5, Italy –  4,  Iran – 4, Russia – 4, Romania – 3, Ukraine – 3, Georgia – 3, Philippines – 3, Hong Kong – 3, Indonesia– 3, Ethiopia – 3, United States – 3, Sweden – 2, Spain – 2, Hungary – 2, China – 2, Colombia – 2, Peru –  2, Japan – 2. Projects also have betrayed and teams from Germany, Greece, France, Belarus, Kosovo, Poland, Lebanon, Egypt, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, and Venezuela. In this aspect the competition had a serious success. Comments on the pages of the contest were entirely positive. There was gratitude for the chance young architects through the contest to learn a lot about the topic – “this great ocean” (Yassaman Abzade).

First Prize, SHELL PAVILION – George King and Catherine Booth (UK)

 

 

 

 

Second Prize, ICE CRYSTAL CURTAIN – Yusuke Kinoshita and Daisuke Sekine (France)

 

 

 

 

Second Prize, CULTURAL CONSTELLATION PROJECT – Desislava Parlapanska (Bulgaria)

 

 

 

The competition gave its response to a contemporary understanding of the form, of the profile of its creators, of the public attitudes to the subject (the audience award).

Anonymous contest was targeted to architects under the age of 35 years and students. Initial intentions were to put an even lower threshold of age – 29 years. The competition confirmed the classic dependence according to the results of the accumulated experience.

Commenting on this restrictive condition, set by the organizers of the contest, in fact, we explain one of the important intentions – to be opened an opportunity for the expression of the young in the profession. It is known that under the conditions of crisis worldwide, finding a job, the improvement in practical tasks, impingement of stimulating the imagination themes, are increasingly slipping and zipping circumstances for novice professionals. This support was the first specific objective of the contest.

Honorable mention, Ali Tabatabaie Ghomi and Maral Hashemian (Iran)

Honorable mention, Luis Arsecio Tobon Sanchez, Colombia

Honorable mention, Tsveta Nedyalkova and Raya Daskalova (Bulgaria)

Honorable mention, Natalija Boljsakov, Jennifer Ponce Pena, Daniela Arenas Jauregui, Peru

Honorable mention, Irina Rusanova (Bulgaria)

Audience award, Gianluca Santosuosso and Jessica Lai, (UK)

The essence of the task has indeed giant dimensions. The principal difficulty emerges from the combination of several important requirements. To create both functional and unique impact form. To achieve modularity. To use concrete material prepared in laboratories for innovative technology of Devnya Cement. The material as an important shaping factor should be applied in the context of the Sea Garden of Varna. The application of innovative and yet unknown material was the second specific objective of the race.

The third specific objective was by contributing to the urban environment of Varna (a basic aspiration of the Varna Design Forum) to achieve enrichment of the creating of forms globally.

Rositsa Nikiforova, Christo Topchiev