Georgi Sharkov | Red Canape in Graffit Gallery Hotel
Graffit Gallery Hotel is located in one of the busiest and most romantic downtown areas of the city of Varna, in close proximity to the Varna Sea Garden, as part of the European architectural heritage, shaped up by the milieu of emblematic buildings such as those of the University of Economics of Varna, the former Trade Academy of Varna and “St. Michael” Catholic Church /a former French College after the name of “St. Andre”/. It is built on the foundations of the Center for Contemporary Art. Set within such cosmopolitan and urban environment, the new building adds up to it, interweaving the latest trends of the world’s modern architecture, demonstrating, at the same time, an unobtrusive vision – providing both natural and contemporary background to beautiful old-time buildings along “Knyaz Boris I” Boulevard and “Macedonia” street.
The building consists of 6/six/ above-ground and 2/ two/ underground floors serving different public purposes, including a five-star hotel, three food and entertainment establishments /”Red Canape “ Restaurant, “Graffiti Café” and “Case” Club/, a Gallery for Contemporary Art, a Children’s Art School and an underground parking area. The main entrance of the building looks onto “Knyaz Boris I” Boulevard, whereas the Hotel premises entrance looks onto “Macedonia” street. The Gallery for Contemporary Art is located on the second floor. The four hotel floors are located just above the gallery, their interior is conceptual patchwork of four Bulgarian architects and designers, matching the rank of any world’s five-star hotel. The architects and designers have made use of different artistic approaches to achieve idiosyncratic a style of each of the four floors: The Chester Floor – where the conservatism of the strict and sophisticated Chesterfield competes with the most modern interior design, complemented by the comfort of wood and the steel accessories.
The Carracci floor – eclectic chic, inspired by the creators of the style – the three Carraccis . Bright red and turquoise blue – in one fell swoop with baroque furniture and surreal elements. And all that under the gaze of the Renaissance artists. The Other Floor – with the touch of visual reference to a favorite English check and the minimalism spirit of the classic black and white .. Just different . And elegant.
The hotel section has two multi-functional spaces and a business center, a spa-center and a fitness area offering a unique view and an indoor panoramic pool on the top-floor. The hotel premises have two staircases, two lifts, a vehicle lift-ramp, complying with all requirements for accessible environment. The premises have been provided with a cutting-edge computer-controlled ventilation and air-conditioning system as well as modern technology systems obtaining the energy efficiency of the building. The visual appearance of the façade has been inspired by a world’s famous example of architecture, among the Contracting Authority’s favorites, namely the building of the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Ontario, Canada, designed by Saucier + Perrotte. In accord with the variety of its functions, the façade represents a wrap around the Modern Art Gallery floor, being more introvert, shutting off the external world, whereas it gradually turns into a mosaic of solid openwork, rising up towards the hotel floors, providing more light and bringing nature in, while at the ground floor level, where the public premises are, it merely evanesces, transforming into a glass curtain, allowing street life to settle comfortably in.
The façade has been carried out using hpl-panel finishing and flush-mounting technique. Highly efficient glass package and aluminum profiles have been made use of for the hotel floors façade. Windows do not open and have been provided with additional vents to allow fresh air circulation. The façade itself is of ventilated-system type. The top ceded floor and the staircase glazing make use of a suspended façade and a silicone-smoother technique. The ground floor is entirely glazed, using modular folding sliding walls, manufactured by Dorma. All communications comply with the requirements of up-to-date mobility and connectivity. The building has been provided with high speed broadband Internet access and interactive television.
The pavement on the sidewalk along the southern and eastern façade was fully renovated since the building was completed as well as the trees, which are part of the overall green design of the Knyaz Boris I Boulevard. Modern. Stylish. Urban. These three words describe the nature and the temper of the “Graffit Gallery Hotel”. The combination of urban exterior , classic portfolio of business service and multi – layered interior concept, which fully cover the requirements of the modern travelers . And now it has its own story to tell… The 4 Elements Floor – earth , air, water ..and light .It steams and penetrates everywhere. Such as a sun beam in a hot tub foam. … As a green screen of thoughts. .. . As a shining sea stones under bear feet . A place, embraced by nature.Location: Varna, Bulgaria
Designer: Georgi Sharkov
Green design: by ” Demetra ”
Photography: 3 in Spirit