Boele Architects, based in London and Prague, has won an open international contest to design and build a new bridge in Sofia’s South Park for pedestrians and cyclists.
Opened in 1972, South Park stretches from the outskirts of Sofia to the National Palace of Culture in the city center. The aim of the project was to increase the area’s visitor numbers and to create a natural and accessible link between the sections of the public park, which are separated by three large and busy roads.
“South Park is a key recreational area for Sofia, and we knew that our design needed to be humble and reinforce the beautiful context we were stepping into. We wanted to introduce a structure that is not only simple and functional, but also in full harmony with its surroundings,” said Petr Šuma, co-founder of Boele Architects.
According to Milotin Folić, a member of the jury, the design is simple and effective and is well integrated into its environment. It brings Sofia’s public space design up to the level of cities such as Copenhagen and Zurich.