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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 (

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