Garitage Park Competition
MBB won an international competition for the design of Garitage Park Phase IV; a 1.6 million square foot high-rise mixed-use development in Sofia, Bulgaria. The project features high-rise condominium towers and a high-rise commercial tower with retail, restaurants and amenities on multiple levels and an iconic entry plaza. The project also includes approximately 6 acres of landscaping and site amenities. Emerging from our urban sensibility and desire to create vibrant public spaces within the development, we recognized that as architects, we tend to design towers from above, as objects. But in reality, they are experienced by most people at the ground plane as environments—part of the visual backdrop of the urban fabric. It is the space between buildings, as much as the buildings themselves, that gives life to a community. To that end, the key design objectives were to create a grand point of arrival, a sense of enclosure and human scale between the towers with an elevated perimeter path. Both the urban entry sequence and the positioning of the towers seek to highlight Sofia’s natural beauty—the dynamic views of the snow-capped Vitosha Mountains. MBB will collaborate with Planning Architectural Studio as the architect of record, and RKLA Studio for landscape design.
Select Publications & Interviews
- ArchDaily | April 2018Garitage Park Complex in Bulgaria is the Epitome of Mixed-Use
- Architect | April 2018Garitage Park