CELEBRATIONS CONSECRATED THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOSEPH IN SOFIA, newspaper 'Construction city' No.26/22-28 May.2006
Celebrations consecrated the Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sofia on May 21. The first stone for the construction of the cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Bulgaria in May 2002 and the first sod was made on July 2 that year.
The construction of the cathedral was financed by donations from Catholic organizations. Among the biggest donors to the smoothing of the church were Christians and Catholics of Germany.
The design project was developed by a company EKSA leaded by architect Konstantin Peev. Consultant to the project was architect George Guzhulov. Structural design was developed by Prof. Theodor Naidenov. General contractor was Komans 2000. Construction consulting activities were exercised by Stroykonsult 2000 LTD.
For the dedication of the building presence of the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sudan has been planned, and many Catholics in the country and diplomats.
The new Catholic cathedral is located in an area of 1700 square meters to replace the old unfinished, that was destroyed in the bombing of Sofia on March 30, 1944.
The complex, which has a total built area of 4000 square meters, consisting of Catholic church, Cathedral of St. Joseph, parish house and two underground levels.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL ST. JOSEPH HAS STARTED, newspaper Construction City, issue 28, July.2002
EKSA LTD's design team, led by Arch. Konstantin Peev, has been selected to complete the first design for a Catholic cathedral in the recent years to be created only by Bulgarian professionals, said Father Marius Polcin. The Catholic complex should be completed in the next 18 months. It will consist the 18-meter high cathedral "St. Joseph", a 30-meter high tower and a 3-story clergy house. Professionals from the construction company say that the building will be located at the same site where it was before it was destroyed by bombing raids in World War II - at the crossing of Todor Alexandrov Blvd and Kniaz Boris St.
Author: Natalia Semkova
THE DESIGN FOR THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL ST. JOSEPH IN SOFIA IS READY, newspaper Construction City, issue 20, May.2002
The Pope will inaugurate and bless the construction of the new Catholic cathedral during his visit to Sofia.
The municipal council of territorial planning recently approved the preliminary design, created by architects Konstantin Peev and Russi Rashkov from EKSA LTD, aided by Arch. G. Gujgulov. The design team has started the working phase of the project. The technical design will be approved before the Pope comes to Bulgaria.
During the creation of the preliminary project EKSA's architects have taken into account the major requirements of the National Institute of Listed Buildings, the most important of which was that the archeological artifacts remain outside the construction. The endeavor to combine elements from different styles - the Florentine Renaissance, the Gothic period, and modernistic elements presented a challenge to the designers, acclaimed for their substantial experience with restoration and reconstruction of listed buildings, and with religious temples architecture. This aesthetical approach characterizes post-modernist architecture, explained Arch. K. Peev - manager of EKSA LTD and leader of the design team. His professional biography includes projects with: conservation and restoration works of the East Gate of the medieval fortress "Serdika-Sredets"; conservation and display of the church "St. Spas", of the archaic ruins inside the building of Bulbank's central branch, of the "St. Sofia" church, and of the Sofia synagogue; partial conservation and restoration of the National Gallery of Art, a.k.a. the King's Palace; reconstruction and restoration of the Ministry of Agriculture, and of listed buildings such as those of PARIBA and the museum of Ivan Vasov; design for an orthodox church "Sveta Bogoroditsa" in Malashevtsi.
"Our team went through about 50 different versions to complete the final design of the 3-part group of buildings. The cathedral was to be situated on the site of the demolished church in the north-west part of the property, while the small square-piacetta had to open the crossing of the Alexandrov Blvd and Kniaz Boris Street. The specialized municipal council chose to turn it around. It is interesting that with Italian Renaissance elements, we are trying to introduce the spirit of the Italian religious tradition in Bulgaria. The clergy accepted enthusiastically the design. We chose this approach because of an almost complete absence of traditions in the construction of Catholic cathedrals here. The contemporary characteristics form a consonance with the explosive expansion of the western sections of Sofia," said Arch. Peev. The design stipulates the use of natural materials and modern construction technology. Interior, lighting, acoustics and landscape designs are yet to be developed.
Author: Natalia Semkova