Proposal for transforming an abandoned heating plant in Sofia, Bulgaria into a new Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture aims to preserve the architecture characteristics of the old building and enhance its qualities in order to fulfil its new purpose. A new performing skin, which will allow for all types of events, is added. Thus, the new culture centre will be able to host events which require black – out darkness and strict acoustic insulation or complete openness where indoor and outdoor merge into a large urban plaza. The space is a blank wall, inviting “popup” events and improvised creativity.

A light-arrow-shaped-structure hovers over the entrance plaza as a graffiti in the air functioning as a billboard visible from the city, an entrance canopy, a screen for outdoor-cinema, announcements, etc. The materials that are used are prominent for the city’s urban landscape. The green face of Sofia is reflected by the use of grass-block paving and soft materials such as wood. Graffiti are preserved as relevant symbols.

The new CCAC possesses transgressive and dynamic spirit and is envisioned as a radically flexible apparatus that encourages creativity on all levels for all people.

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architect: NOMO Studio  |  team: Karl Johan Nyqvist, Alicia Casals, Donka Dimitrova, Mira Botseva, Jennifer Méndez  |  client: Municipality of Sofia  |  status: Competition (2017)  |  location: Sofia, Bulgaria  |  climate: Humid subtropical, Temperate  |  materials: concrete, plaster, plastic  |  environment: Industrial  |  visualizer: Play-Time architectonic images  |  scale: 1.700 m2 medium  |  types: cultural, cultural center, refurbishment  |  views: 1.480