MARS Architects, Walltopia, Sofia, Bulgaria, architectural competition, winning entru, first price, sustainable architecture, sustainability, enviroment

MARS Architects recently won open architectural competition to design Walltopia Headquarters in Sofia. The building will be Bulgaria’s first sustainable activity center. Walltopia was founded in 1996 as a manufacturer of artificial climbing walls and holds. Now the company is global leader in its field, supplying its products to every country in the world where climbing is popular – including all West European countries, USA, Canada, Japan, and Australia. Starting with just 5 people, the company now employs over 300 people working in the areas of design, engineering, manufacturing and installing of the climbing walls.

MARS’s proposal is a hybrid structure whose program is folded by an interweaving climbing atrium. The proposal is characterized as flawless integration of a complex program with a spectacular user experience and it undoubtedly showed that sustainable can be seductive.

The authors found inspiration in emerging market of Bulgaria and its refreshing vitality. The program, consisting of climbing and brand head offices is supplemented by a diversity of functions – from leisure and entertainment to health and wellness. The climbing walls of the winning entry are folded through the entire office program therefore the constant crossover is achieved.  The project reveals the outer limits of what can be achieved with these climbing walls as sculptural interior spaces.

As we live in an era of environmental awareness, the environmental concerns helped the architects to define the final configuration. The front façade blocks sound from the main avenue and the slope prevents the activity park activity park behind the building to be too shaded. Connecting the different branches of the building into a single roof-scape extends the activity with a large green surface allowing people to climb up right to the rooftop bar and restaurant.

MARS Architects, Walltopia, Sofia, Bulgaria, architectural competition, winning entru, first price, sustainable architecture, sustainability, enviroment

MARS Architects, Walltopia, Sofia, Bulgaria, architectural competition, winning entru, first price, sustainable architecture, sustainability, enviroment

MARS Architects, Walltopia, Sofia, Bulgaria, architectural competition, winning entru, first price, sustainable architecture, sustainability, enviroment

MARS Architects, Walltopia, Sofia, Bulgaria, architectural competition, winning entru, first price, sustainable architecture, sustainability, enviroment

MARS Architects, Walltopia, Sofia, Bulgaria, architectural competition, winning entru, first price, sustainable architecture, sustainability, enviroment

 

 

 

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