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Hall of Fairy Tales

Part 1 Project 2010
Liliya Nicheva
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy | Bulgaria
My project is based on the idea of splitting the structure into separate “cores” interconnected by a network of passages. Each core has its own distinct function.
The park environment is not suited for heavy, monumental and compact forms. A more sprawling, dynamic model will help the structure blend in and become a part of the environment.
The structure is organized around the individual functional requirements of each zone in terms of view, relation to the surrounding vegetation, the visual bonds and the “flow” of the park’s visitors. We have three distinct types of forms defined by their shape and materiality. These 3 forms interweave to create a fourth form – an interior yard of sorts which can be inhabited by a park or perhaps a children’s playground.
As for the facade design, using three different types of material: bricks for the passages, glass for the coffee shop and the workshop and soft stone for the hall, is necessary to highlight the shape and implement a more unusual contrast with the environment.
The walk from the reception to the performance hall will, all by itself, constitute a certain kind of experience with the type of atmosphere one might associate with theater. This is achieved in the interior through spectacular lighting of the dark corridor, textile wall coverings, soft armchairs for visitors waiting in the lobby, panels of theatrical posters, etc.
The latter could be constructed in the workshops which were designed with various uses in mind. The workshops will be the places where children can take a look at how theatrical art and everything accompanying it is really made.
The main goal of this project is to create a cultural centre where kids will be both entertained and educated at the same time. The magic and mystery surrounding theatrical art is something that should be preserved and nourished. In general art needs to be more 'accessible' - self-expression should be encouraged and taught to kids.
My project tries to combine those two aspects: mystery and approachability, while at the same time keeping in mind the target audience is made up of children.

Liliya Nicheva

The project is at the same time an honest manifestation of the present state of local reaction to architecture and an attempt to widen the boundaries of this given value of sensitivity to context. The enclosed spaces are descriptive of local community's expectations towards the given kind of public institution and yet the weaving interaction between the singular sections offers a way to manipulate the building and its environment into communication with each other.
The project's monumentality takes on from where public art within local circumstances stopped during the transition period to create a structure that is more evocative of period sculpture than a building.


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