UniCredit Bulbank’s International Center wins in the Building of the Year national contest, receiving the Concrete in Architecture award
//SGS ARCHITETTI ASSOCIATI AND STUDIO SCAGLIOTTI RECOGNIZED WITH ANOTHER AWARD.
The UniCredit Bulbank building has received another prestigious award following its recognition as the “Innovative Business Space in the House 2015” by the Bulgarian magazine “Ideal Home.” The SGS Architetti Associati and Studio Scagliotti project has become a symbol of modern Bulgarian architecture.
In 2014, UniCredit Bulbank, Bulgaria’s largest bank, completed the International Center, a important project from a European perspective. The avant-garde center offers the most up-to-date services for those investing or considering investing in the national economy. Even Sofia’s mayor, Yordanka Fandakva, recognized the building’s tremendous potential during the 2014 inauguration. “The most important aspect,” she said, “is the opportunity that UniCredit has given the country to attract foreign investors.”
The City Media Group hosts the Building of the Year national contest, founded in 2002. A jury made up of representatives of prominent organizations, professionals and economic experts selects the award winners who are recognized at what has become the preeminent event for the Bulgarian construction and architecture sectors. In 2015, eight projects were selected among those completed during the previous year. UniCredit Bulbank received the Concrete in Architecture award after a meticulous analysis of the project that combines high-technology and green building without comprising esthetics and the beauty of Italian design.
This smart building is heated, cooled and ventilated using a VRV system. The lighting is LED and regulated by a computer-based system that clients can directly tap into using an app. The same app also allows them to reserve the meeting room of their choice.
The sleek, sophisticated lobby features floors made from lustrous black marble from India (80x80cm). The work spaces have an open plan with the only divider being the cutting-edge Italcementi walls made of i-light concrete that permits light to enter. All the furnishings were made in Italy. The wires and technical equipment are hidden from view. The lobby also offers an area for relaxing.
The first floor features a creative system of moveable walls that permit the space to be arranged to meet clients’ needs. Light, space and sound are in synchronicity. The meeting rooms’ floors were created with smooth, white Thassos marble (60x60cm) and lustrous black marble from India. The goal was to design a space that combines warmth and elegance.
The meeting rooms have been equipped with all the necessities to function as temporary office spaces.
Near the meeting rooms, there’s a complete kitchen and bar for clients’ use.
The colors red, black and white are a recurring theme in the building’s interior design.
This impressive project, located in a strategic position in the heart of the city and near the major administrative and commercial institutions, was completed in only three months. The work began in late July 2014 and was finished 30 October 2014, the date in which the reconstructed sections of the building were cleared for public use.
Luca Alessandro Amendola and Gianluca Geroli of SGS Architetti Associati are very proud to have received another esteemed award. Creating spaces that welcome has always been an essential aspect in the architects’ work. And once again, it’s been recognized as their signature style.
SGS architects speak about Made in Italy “welcoming” spaces at Sensitaliani seminar
//IDEAS SHARED, AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT ISSUES IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
26-27 November 2015
Sensitaliani, a business network and platform dedicated to promoting and raising awareness of Made in Italy quality, organized in late November two days of seminars at the Milan office of the national architectural association. Among the participants were architects and representatives from Italian companies, including the following founding members who spoke about hospitality: Ballancin (www.ballancin.it), FEDERICOdeMAJO (www.federicodemajo.it), Ronda Design (www.rondadesign.it) and Zanetto (www.zanetto.com)
In attendance were also prestigious architectural studios with diverse specializations, including L22, Simone Micheli Architectural Hero, Park Associati, PiuArch, Federico Delrosso Studio, Total Tool, Rebosio+Spagnulo and Vudafieri Saverino. They addressed customized plans, internationalization, Made in Italy and innovation. Hospitality in the broadest sense of the term was also considered. Luca Amendola and Gianluca Geroli of SGS Architetti Associati astutely defined hospitality as any space in which people are welcomed. “It’s a physical and mental aspect that has to be considered in the planning stages. Welcoming - whether a group or a single person - means spending time with them. Making someone feel welcome like they’ve never felt before. Taking care of people takes precedence over objects. Hospitality is the focal point, whether in an office, a restaurant or a new retail concept. Every last detail is in harmony. Just like the new concept seen in the Brera Apartments.”
Architects Valeria Bottelli and Anna Barbara along with professor Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis moderated the three seminars. Also participating in the lively exchanges were the following experts: Cinzia Bontempi, cofounder of “Babylon” magazine; Luigi Odello, president of the Centro Studi Assaggiatori; Paolo Trippini, award-winning chef of Trippini restaurant; Giorgio Ravasio, Vivienne Westwood country manager; Maurizio Faroldi, Hotel Milano Scala manager; and Elena Caponi, set designer. Many aspects were scrutinized since an upscale hotel is, above all, an experience that appeals to all five senses!
For more information: sensitaliani-lh.it
Pic: Federico Delrosso, Francesco Fresa, Luca Alessandro Amendola, Gianluca Geroli, Maurizio Faroldi, Giorgio Ravasio e Elena Caponi