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BULGARIA

Date: November 20 · 2021

November 20 · 2021

Introduction

Roca One Day Design Challenge returned to Bulgaria in 2021.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic context, this year the contest took place in an online format.

As in previous years, participants were challenged to create innovative solutions for the bathroom space in just one day.

On this occasion, participants were tasked to reinvent the shower enclosure by adding new functionalities and added value. Racing against the clock, they had to prepare a proposal that matched these requirements in just 8 and a half hours.

After reviewing all entries, the jury decided to select "After 5PM" as the winner. The jury praised the project for its demonstration of style and innovative approach. It was an idea of Ekaterina Miloshevska and Boyan Popyanev, students at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia.

The second prize, was awarded to "Comfort/ Shower for two" by Alina Dermenzhy, also student at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia.

Finally, the project "Shower enclosure with heated rails", created by Dimitrina Dimitrova, student at the New Bulgarian University, was awarded with the third prize

Awarded projects

Jury

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Alex Kovatchev

Alex Kovatchev is the founder and conceptual drive of the most successful and award-winning interior studio in Bulgaria. All over the world, together with IDEA’s team, for almost two decades, they have been working on the creation of luxury interior solutions for residential and public spaces, restaurants, hotels, aircrafts, yachts, etc. From the overall vision to the smallest detail, he creates timeless designs. His projects combine in the finest possible way character, style, functionality, comfort, balanced sense of high-tech solutions and special handmade effects, furniture and lighting.

Alex Kovatchev’s name is known not only in Bulgaria but all over the world, his projects live on 5 continents, and in 2019 he was nominated for designer of the decade worldwide by the International Architecture and Design Awards.

Alex Kovatchev and Studio Idea have received numerous awards from prestigious international competitions such as German Design Awards 2020, London Club Awards, Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, International Property Awards, International Design Awards, BigSee Interior Design Awards, A’Design Awards, etc.

 Among the most awarded projects are Mr. Pizza, Sublime Bachelor Pad, Intercontinental Hotel Sofia, exclusive projects of private homes in Sofia, London, Berlin, Moscow, Los Angeles.

 

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Arch. Rado Todorov

Director of  RT Consult

Arch. Rado Todorov has graduated his secondary education in the high school of fine arts with a specialty in “Graphics and Painting”, afterwards he graduated Architecture at the University of Architecture, Construction and Geodеsy in 2002.During his education and until 2004 he has worked as a freelance architect at different projects in Germany, USA, Izrael and others.

In 2005 he created the architectural company RT Consult, which is one of the leaders in the architectural market in Bulgaria up to this day.15 years of experience and a team of nearly 50 talented professionals are behind the name of RT Consult.

10 years ago RT Consult has expanded its activities beyond the Bulgarian borders. First, with the opening of an office in Sofia-Buro International, then in Germany-SoMu Architects, England and Dubai.

RT Consult’s Portfolio includes architectural projects in all directions, in Bulgaria as well as abroad:

-industrial buildings

-residential buildings

-offices

-community buildings

-retail outlets

-urban planning

-interior design

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Arch. Svetoslav Stanislavov

Architect Svetoslav Stanislavov graduated with honors degree and “Best Thesis” award in the “Residential buildings” faculty of UACEG in 2003. In the same year, he started his professional career as a partner in an architectural firm in Varna. In 2012 he founded his own practice, STARH, majoring in residential, hospitality and office architecture with wide variety of scale. In 2020the studio has expanded by opening an office in Sofia as well.

In this short time since its founding, STARH has created an impressive portfolio of completed projects in the country, having recognizable quality in design. Exceeding all expectations, the studio has succeeded to positively affect the context with their work. The formula that they use is always striving for balance between aesthetics, functionality and quality in architecture that will last in time. Stepping out from the design comfort zone and experimenting with innovative materials is part of their character. 

STARH is a laureate in national and international competitions, some of which are Building of the year, Architecture MasterPrize, Architizer A+ Award, IDA Design Awards, A Design Awards, BigSEE, nominations for Building of the Year by ArchDaily and Varna Award for Architecture.

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Arch. Tsvetan Petrov

Arch. Tsvetan Petrov is the General Manager of the Bulgarian studio "Ivo Petrov-Architects". He is a graduate from from the Faculty of Architecture of UACEG in Sofia, Bulgaria and has specialized in L'ecole National Superieure d'architecture de Bretagne in Rennes, France. For the last 15 years, he has developed the studio and managed to turn IPA into one of the most successful companies for architecture, urbanism, and interior design in Bulgaria.

Always striving for world standards, he is constantly introducing new technologies in the company, growing the team, and has the trust of some of the largest investors. "Customers demand more and more, and we must be prepared to exceed their expectations. Architecture is the skillful combination of creativity and pragmatism in which you must always strive for the highest standard."

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Veselin Simov

Veselin Simov is а Procurator of Roca Bulgaria. His professional career has been connected with Roca Group since 1992, and for many years he has been leading the marketing and sales of the company not only in Bulgaria, but also in South-Eastern Europe. He has been responsible for the launch of a number of new collections and products under the Roca, Laufen and Fayans brands in the Balkans and has played a key role in establishing these brands and their high image on the market.

As a professional with several different educational backgrounds and experience in various areas of business and diplomatic relations, Veselin Simov has a global, philosophical approach to market development and partner relations. The latest professional challenge he is currently setting himself is to introduce Bulgarian interior designers and architects to the vast possibilities for arranging the bathroom space provided by the design collections with the global brands of Roca Group.

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