GERMAN DEVELOPMENT 2008

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description master plan for residential development
category masterplan
location Sofia, Bulgaria
built area 75.000 m²
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Tassos Govatsos, Anna Karagianni, Mladen Stamenic

design year 2008

The aim of the scheme was to create a new neighbourhood that would not become an isolated fragment and will establish connections to the green context and its -anticipated- surroundings. The basic design principles were defined by the topography. In turn, the superimposition of a network of circulation axes defined 11 urban blocks, each with a different size, shape and articulation. Each urban block is defined by the following elements: - The plots, 6 or 9m wide and 27 to 35m deep, - partition walls, upon which the units are ‘anchored’, - units inserted in rows and in a 3m recess from the pavements. Many types are proposed with their main differentiation deriving from the way they negotiate the flat or inclined topography of the plot, - the units’ main façades, selected by the users from a catalogue, creating thus a variety along the streets. The back façades are defined by a long balcony. There again the inhabitants can interfere by selecting shutters, shades, balustrades and flooring materials, - the units’ back garden were the users have the option to build a light-weight construction to house a single storey garage or a two storey structure with a garage below and a studio above, - the interior public garden of the urban block appearing in six of the blocks and constituting an alternative semi-public space which negotiates the transition between the built and the un-built, the natural and the artificial, and the apartment buildings. In order to transcend the scale of the individual dwelling, larger apartment units are introduced at key-points.

The structuring device for the plan is a hierarchical system of public spaces: the insertion of the forest into the complex’s blocks, the emergence of the creek for recreation, the articulation of wide tree-lined roads, public and semi public gardens and a public square in the centre of the development. The square is articulated in two levels negotiating the topography. On the upper level below a large roof are shops, a bar and restaurant. On the level below are the spa and the public pool.


Title Year Type Locaction Country
HOUSES A·2 2014 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2017 residential Ljubljana Slovenia
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 public Nicosia Cyprus
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 residential Patras Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 public Athens Greece
HOUSE B 2014 residential Crete Greece
HOUSE L 2016 residential, research Antiparos Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 commercial, residential, hospitality Motovun Croatia
AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
HOUSE E 2016 residential Artemida Greece
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 public Graz Austria
HOUSE T 2016 residential Antiparos Greece
HOUSE H 2012 residential Corfu Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 public Mingachevir Azerbaijan
THREE SPACES 2013 exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 commercial, hospitality Krasnodar Russia
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2017 residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE A+B 2008 residential Paros Greece
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 commercial Nicosia Cyprus
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 public Athens Greece
AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR RESIDENCE 2013 residential Athens Greece
COASTAL DOMAINS 2017 exhibition Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 residential, hospitality Treffen Austria
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 public Ferlach Austria
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 public, residential, masterplan, hospitality Baku Azerbaijan
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 exhibition Venice Italy
BELGIAN EMBASSY 2009 public Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 public Qabala Azerbaijan
GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017 public Athens Greece
LAKE APARTMENTS 2012 residential Bodensdorf Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 public, masterplan Athens Greece
LARNACA AGORA 2011 public Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 public Vienna Austria
OFFICE A 2010 commercial Athens Greece
HBWBC SCHOOL 2010 public Vienna Austria
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 public Nicosia Cyprus
RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
TOWNHOUSE K 2009 residential Nafplion Greece
VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT 2008 research Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 commercial, residential Athens Greece
GERMAN DEVELOPMENT 2008 masterplan Sofia Bulgaria
SUPERSTORE V 2008 commercial Athens Greece
MELINA PAVILION 2007 exhibition Athens Greece
GLEISDORF DEVELOPMENT 2007 residential Gleisdorf Austria
HELEXPO PAVILION 2007 exhibition Thessaloniki Greece
VILLA S 2006 residential Vienna Austria
VERTICAL ATTICA 2006 masterplan, research Attica Greece
SCHLOSSMUSEUM 2006 public Linz Austria
EXHIBITION 102x 2006 exhibition Athens Greece
HOUSE M 2004 residential Athens Greece
SKYWALK BRIDGE 2004 public Vienna Austria
HELLENIKON PARK 2004 masterplan Athens Greece
DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
TRANSITIONAL INTERSTICES 2003 residential Ano Liosia Greece