The main objective of the competition is to achieve an expert, transparent and motivated choice of a conceptual architectural project for reconstruction of the Strannopriemnitsa Hotel, part of the most visited group tourist destination in Bulgaria.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Architect, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Hotel, Renovation
Country Gabrovo, Bulgaria
RegDeadline 15 January 2018 GoogleCal iCal
15 January 2018 (via Online)
Eligibility Fully qualified architect

During the last few years there has been a tendency in Gabrovo to attract professionals with international education, recognition and experience. The OAEM "Etar", as the largest group tourist destination in the city and among the most visited in Bulgaria, has been also undergoing a rapid development - it has updated its cultural calendar and has attracted both experienced professionals and young generation team members. Тhe Museum has expanded its thematic cultural and scientific events as well as the relevant targeted groups. The OAEM "Etar" has renewed its overall graphic vision, and in 2017 a contest for a new visual identity of the Museum has been held. Many of the immovable cultural heritage ​​have been restored and preserved.
In this context, the redevelopment of Strannopriemnitsa Hotel as an integral part of OAEM "Etar" will contribute to the renovation and modernization of the complex. It allows for improvement of the functional links in OAEM "Etar", for optimization of the spaces and for additional new functions, which will both enrich and popularize the work of the Museum. On the other hand, the reconstruction should preserve the spirit of the authentic Bulgarian architecture, skillfully combined with the classical modernism of the building. The reconstructed building should also provide spaces suitable to the current needs and future intentions of the Ethnographic Museum.

arch. Hristo Stankushev, dont DIY
arch. Delcho Delchev - Transformatori Association
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arch. Yordanka Kandulkova - UACEG, Sofia
arch. Maria Hlebarova - Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria - Gabrovo
arch. Martin Hristov - Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria
Teodora Uzunova - Representative of OAEM "Etar"
Detelin Tsonev - a lawyer at OAEM "Etar"

First prize: 10,000 BGN (~ 5113 euro)
and the right to negotiate directly the technical design of the project
Second prize: BGN 4,000 BGN (~ 2045 euro)
Third prize: 2,000 BGN (~ 1022 euro)
The estimated value of the investment project is 2 million BGN (~ 1 022 377 euro) and the final value will be specified on the basis of the winning architectural design. Designer's fee for the detailed design of the winner will comply with the current Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria’s Methodology for remuneration of design services.

Entry Fee

Judging and Announcement of the Winners - January 2018
Negotiating with the winner and assignment of the detailed design - February 2018

Open Аir Ethnographic Museum "Etar" and the Municipality of Gabrovo with the support of the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria and the Union of Architects in Bulgaria

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