TO DIMITAR NIKOLOV, MAYOR OF BURGAS MUNICIPALITY;
Ms YORDANKA ANANIEVA, DEPUTY MAYOR “EDUCATION AND CULTURE”
BURGAS PUBLIC MEDIA AND COMMUNITY
ABOUT THE PROJECT FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING OF THE FORMER GERMAN SCHOOL IN BURGAS
The idea of creating a modern art complex and a modern library for the 21st century in the former German School in Burgas is commendable. Along with the development of other objects, such as the Sea Casino Cultural Centre, the city undoubtedly ranks among the cultural leaders in Bulgaria. The attitude to the cultural heritage and the history of the city is an integral part of this development.
Concerning Sea Casino Cultural Centre – it is a demonstration of a European attitude towards this cultural heritage. The building was well reconstructed and took its new functions very well, without compromising the aesthetics of the magnificent object of the modern architecture designed by the architects Victoria Angelova–Vinarova and Boris Vinarov in 1936-1938.
We hope that Bourgas Municipality, as an investor and main supervisor of the project of the complex of contemporary art, will appreciate the high aesthetic values of the building of the former German school. The building erected in 1936 after a project of two of the most prominent Bulgarian architects Stancho Belkovski and Ivan Danchov is an edifice of European scale that can be placed in the forefront of the architectural trends of the period.
Fortunately the authenticity of the building is well preserved and a significant part of its elements – the specific for the modern architecture in Bulgaria plaster, stone covering, wooden windows, as well as its composition of volumes and the yard space. A characteristic element of very great significance is the specific design of the corner. It is the seemingly unpalatable appearance is that thing that gives today’s generation the chance to preserve the wonderful design and original architectural idea of the Brkovski-Danchov Architectural Bureau, so investors, architects and builders could be minimally involved in the new design of the former German School. Only this attitude will show true respect for today’s citizens of Burgas and Bulgarians to those who have made Burgas a real European city a century ago.
The project shown in the public media shows an idea to add a number of foreign to the aesthetics, the style and the time of building elements – a complete change of the façade giving a new character, without preserving the authentic plaster and stone lining; changes in the harmonious design of the window openings and their articulation, etc., which will undoubtedly erase the original design of the project by architects Stancho Belkovski and Ivan Danchov.
We hope that the published visualizations are a preliminary projects which has not been discussed with the Burgas community, architects and specialists at local and national level. We invoke the architects and the investor – Municipality of Bourgas – to show again the good practice applied in the project for reconstruction of the Sea Casino. We appeal to the preservation of the authenticity of the building: its volumes, materials and details as close as possible to the original ones. This is the only way the investment idea really to be a project that is really connected with the culture of Burgas.
Bulgarian Modernist Architecture Foundation