Under Threat: Bulgarian Trade-Union of Railmen and Sailors Building
Atanas Delibashev and Ivan Boyadzhiev, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1935-1937
Bulgarian Trade-Union of Railmen and Sailors Building, designed by Atanas Delibashev and Ivan Boyadzhiev was constructed between 1935 and 1937. The building is located at north of the Central Sofia Railway Station and it is one of the most remarkable examples of Modern Movement architecture in Bulgaria. The delicate curved glass-enclosed volume, unique for the coutry, bears a strong resemblance to Schocken Department Store in Stuttgart (1925-1926) by Erich Mendelsohn and serves as a good evidence of the cultural links in the field of architecture between Bulgaria and Western Europe.
Unfortunately in 2014 the curved glass with the original metal frames was destroyed in order to be replaced by new flat segmented windows with thick white PVC-frames regardless of the authenticity of the building and its original look. The building is not declared as an architectural nor cultural heritage, it has no legal protection against harmful practices of this kind, which means that preserving its integrity and authenticity hang solely on the goodwill of the owners.
The historic and artistic values, of this prime example of stylistic connections between Bulgarian architecture from 1930’s and international modernist style, are indisputable. docomomo International believes that reconsideration of the first inappropriate intervention and proper reconstruction of glass-enclosure of the building are essential for the cause of preserving and conserving it for the future generations. docomomo International want to express its full support to the social initiatives dedicated to save this significant building.
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