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BOJIDARA VALKOVA

P O R T F O L I O 2016


CURRICULUM VITAE

WORK EXPERIENCE Feb 2013 - present

Bojidara Valkova 06/09/1986 Sofia Bulgaria bojidara.valkova@gmail.com 0039 329 146 5690

Studio Andrea Caputo Architect, Project manager

Feb 2012 - Aug 2012

Julien de Smedt Architects Internship

Nov 2008 – Dec 2009

ELITE Studio Internship

EDUCATION Sep 2010 – Jul 2011

Politecnico di Milano Master year in ERASMUS

Oct 2006 – July 2012

University of Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy Master of Architecture (specialised in public buildings)

Sep 2000 – Jun 2005

35 Language School French High School Degree

COMPETITION AWARDS 2013

Collider Activity Center Finalist (team: IO architects, Bozhidara Valkova, Mariya Gyaurova, Boris Tikvarski, Andrei Pachilov)

2009

Idealen Dom Annual award for students’ project

LANGUAGES Bulgarian English Italian French

SOFTWARE AutoCAD 3dsMax + Vray Revit Adobe CC SketchUp + Vray Rhinoceros + Vray

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS creativity communication skills team work problem solving attention to the detail project management sketching and model making

INTERESTS

sustainable development, anthropology(in the context of architecture) arts literature traveling


A C A D E M I C

P R O J E C T S

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C O M P E T I T I O N S


/// RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SOFIA BULGARIA 2010 undergraduate project

Regarding it’s architecture Bulgaria has an interesting heritage from the social regime. Like in all countries from the eastern block our post-comunist palette includes gigantic monuments, impressive public buildings and social housing. Many from the first two categories are abandoned or in bad condition. Most of the residential structures are in poor condition as well, but they grabbed my interest for two reasons: their modularity and the use of the intermediate spaces: corridors, balconies etc. Particularly interesting is the way their users are modifying them and why. Some because of lack of money, other by means of creativity and some just because they like the space differently. I focused on the theme of the balconies and lodges - an intermediate space that usually people approach in several ways: -’It’s an outdoor space, part of my home. I am going to make a garden’ -’It’s not really part of my home because it is outside. I’ll use it like a storage.’ -’I need more space at home. I’ll sacrifice the balcony and close it. The view is terrible anyway...’ -’Balcony? What balcony?’ This project is an attempt for a different approach to the residential building - leaving a big area of the living unit undefined, so that the residents can customize it as they please. There are tree type of units, that can be grouped in various combinations to form different buildings. The one you see here is just one possible option. The initial structure remains clearly distinguishable and thus the architectural appearance is intact, besides the eventual modifications.

People feel comfortable in semi-outdoor spaces: safe under a shelter, but still outdoors.

Many of the residential buildings from that time are prefabricated modular elements, but rather than giving any freedom, many times this makes the buildings monotonous and characterless.

Residents feel free to acquire and modify any space that belongs to their property, many times disregarding the opinion of their neighbours or the general look of the building that they all share.


The units are based on the following structural modules:

Possible combinations

Four sizes organized in three units:

type 1 120/190 sqm

type 2 90 / 140 sqm

50m2

type 3 50 sqm

type 4 110/60 sqm

Isometric View


site plan

section A-A


plan ±0.00

typical floor plan 1

typical floor plan 2


/// PARIS MARKET LAB PARIS FRANCE 2012 graduation project

Paris MarketLab is a building that cannot be put in a standard category, because of the constant change of its functions. It works in two modes - day and night. During the day it is above all a cooking school, where every week you have a guest chef, who is developing a special menu and teaching the students how to cook it. In the evening opens the restaurant, where you can order the dishes from this same menu. Many of the spaces are serving two functions - one during the day and another during the night. For instance the coffee shop becomes a cocktail bar, the spaces of the restaurant are used as study rooms, the lobbies - as music halls, etc. There are two key elements that define the building: the ramps and the facade fabric. RAMPS: during the evening the whole building becomes a space open to public and in order to make every next level more welcoming there are ramps connecting all floors - this way you can feel that there is something above/below, that you might want to check out. FABRIC: during the day the fabric blocks the view to the school, since the stronger light is coming from outside. At night instead, with all the lights inside, the interior becomes visible. This level of visibility is directly proportional to the level of privacy the building needs at different time of the day.


1. A common building block with

a centred communication core is used as a starting point.

2. Ramps connect all the floors.

Stronger connection between the levels - physical and psychological.

3. Textile membrane covers the

upper floors. It serves to express the dualistic nature of the building: -During the day MarketLab functions as a school, therefore needs more privacy and the membrane blocks partially the view from outside. -At night it turns into a public space. Since the light comes from the inside the building uncovers itself and the interior becomes visible.

DAY

school coffee shop lobbies / lecture rooms roof terace bar gastronomy shop

NIGHT

restaurant bar music halls roof terace bar gastronomy


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plan +3.75

plan +7.50


plan +11.25

section B-B


/// PUBLIC LIBRARY VARNA BULGARIA 2015 competition


W O R K

E X P E R I E N C E


/// STUDIO #1 freelance project


/// JDS ARCHITECTS personal contribution: *model making *public space design *interior design


/// studio Andrea Caputo FARMING CAMP self sustaining camp

personal contribution: *research *visualisations

UNIT 2 D 25m 2012

Spaceship Earth Walt Disney World Resort D 50m 1987

Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station H 16m 1975

US PAVILION D 76m EXPO 67

Climatron in Missouri H 21.3m 1960

Kaiser Aluminum dome Honolulu H 15m 1957

Distant Early Warning Line D 16.8m 1957

Zeiss model I D 16m 1923


/// studio Andrea Caputo RETAIL DESIGN various stores personal contribution: *concept development & visualisations *development of interior and furniture design *project management *quality control on construction site

RETROSUPERFUTURE / NY, USA RETROSUPERFUTURE / NY, USA

RETROSUPERFUTURE / NY, USA


studio Andrea Caputo RETAIL DESIGN various stores personal contribution: *concept development & visualisations *development of interior and furniture design *executive drawings *project management *quality control on construction site

CARHARTT STORE / NAGOYA, JAPAN

CARHARTT STORE / NAGOYA, JAPAN

CARHARTT STORE / NAGOYA, JAPAN

CARHARTT STORE / LONDON, UK


/// studio Andrea Caputo 233 MM competition project personal contribution: *development of building typologies *graphic materials

The project aims to revive the presence and participation of Irun on the global railway network. Soon the 233mm gap will no longer exist. Yet, the idea to open the railway to the city, and the potential for the railway station to be the vibrant center of the city, will remain. We propose to insist on this future. Our project strategy revolves around the division of the entire, and given, site into 4 imaginary quadrants marked by a new road (car and bike) infrastructure – thus solving the traffic issues of, and access to, the area. This division serves to density two quadrant whilst freeing the others for city purposes.


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