Competition mansard of the year

The fourth edition of the "Bringing Light to Life" competition 2017 ended with a gala evening

The fourth edition of the architectural competition "Bringing Light to Life" was crowned with an awards ceremony at the Sofia Balkan Hotel on the 10th of November 2017.

Since its beginning back in 2014, the competition is for architectural projects with implemented roof windows only. The project could be already completed, but not more than 2 years ago, or in any design phase. Goal of the competition is to instigate and develop the potential of any space under the roof to become the best place in the building.

42 designs were part of the competition this year. They were split into two categories - Family house and Residential and public buildings. The projects were mostly differing and interesting, bringing the contest to a whole new level of achievement, way ahead of all the expectations the organizers had.

More than 20 designs attained the Family house category. Often the solutions show architectural language that is typical for Bulgarian culture and traditions, but in many cases those future and current homes show of with modern and unorthodox ideas. In the complexity of such a task, the architects choose more daylight and fresh air through the roof to materialize their vision for a better living environment. 

This year in the Residential and public buildings category we had some new for the Bulgarian structural condition product implementations – roof windows completely integrated into a facade or a combination of roof and vertical windows. The courage shown is a sign of trust in the products and the cooperation VELUX has with architects and designers. 

The public non-residential buildings this year gain distinction with their extend and edgy forming. The themes were impressing: airport, regional science centre, library, fane, university building, cultural centre for young people, galery and last but not least – an ale house with in-house production.

The jury, evaluating the projects 2017 was:


  • Main assistant Professor, Dr. Angel Maznikov – lecturer at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria, department for technology in architecture. Also cofounder of the association for design and technical counselling ARINTECH
  • Architect Angel Zahariev – one of the cofounders of the architectural practice A and A Architects and Groupa Grad, a team of young Bulgarian architects engaged for the development of the Bulgarian architecture and city environment;  
  • Main assistant Professor, Dr. Gergana Stefanova, lecturer at the New Bulgarian University
  • Architect Nikolay Nikolov and engineer Stefan Petrov, cofounders of EDO Design Studio, winners of the competition 2016
  • Architect Henrik Norlander Smith - Architect MAA, Manager for Building Industry System - VELUX A/S Denmark

In the Family house category two project gathered equal amount of points, therefore there are two winning projects: 

Restoration Kavarna, arch. Borislav Ignatov

Mountain house, arch. Dobromir Trenchev

In Residential and Public Buildings,
the first place award is for arch. Plamen Bratkov and the project Verde Boyana.

The project with the most points gathered and winner of the competition “Bringing Light to Life” for 2017 is from the Residential and Public Buildings category - 

Regional scientific center of the National Astronomy Observatory Rozhen
arch. Bozhidar Hinkov, arch. Aneta Slavova, arch. Martin Krastev.

We would like to thank all the participants and congratulate the winners!
We are happy to announce that in 2018 the competition is going to be on an international level!

Please, check our webpage for more information! 

Team VELUX Bulgaria



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