Interview with arch. Georgi Katov about building Boyana 49
TAL Engineering had the pleasure to interview arch. Georgi Katov from I/O architects.
TAL Engineering: Arch. Katov, your buildings have a recognizable design. What message are you trying to convey with your buildings and do you think that you have achieved it with the Boyana 49 project?
Arch. Georgi Katov: In different buildings the messages are different and individual. The main object for the building in Boyana was the creation of a large building, which would not oppose its natural environment, but would rather benefit the most from it. I think we have achieved it.
TE: Often the minimalist look of a façade is difficult to achieve due to the installation technology. What creative process does your architectural idea go through in order to reach a technically feasible option that leads to the desired end effect?
GK: It is very important in this case to work together and create a dialogue with the contractors to find the best feasible solution.
TE: Can it be said that façades are subject to trends? If so, what are they and how does your studio express them?
GK: We try not to follow trends, but to be find individual approach for each project. If we do notice a trend, we rather avoid it!
TE: What do you think the architectural environment in Sofia needs? And in Bulgaria?
GK: In Bulgaria we need more quality original architecture as well as people who are looking for it and people who are offering it.
TE: One of our favorite projects that still impresses our followers is Observation House. What are your favorite collaborative projects with TAL Engineering?
GK: Every one that we are working on currently!