TAL Engineering: Most of the buildings designed by you are becoming a distinctive part of the urban environment in Sofia. What messages are you trying to convey with your buildings and do you believe that you have achieved it with building Capital Fort?

Arch. Angel Zahariev: The buildings our studio designs are both a product of the place where they are located and the time in which they were created. For us, the connection with the surrounding environment is extremely important – how the new building “communicates” to other buildings, how it fits into the city skyline, how observers perceive it from near and far.

Moreover, it is very important for us how the project presents the era in which it is built, how human achievements are used and presented, how trends in the way of living are captured, how consumers react to the architecture. In short, the building is a function of its environment and time. This also applies to building Capital Fort – the building is designed to connect the surrounding buildings in a common ensemble, forming the “eastern gate” of the city, and at the same time convincingly presents the moment of creation and current trends in the beginning of the 21st century architecture.

TE: Is the facade of a building a mirror of society or a self-portrait of the architect?

AZ: The facade is a mirror of society in a broader sense – of economic development, of values, of relationships, of technical achievements and opportunities, of understanding of aesthetics. Architects, working alongside other participants in the process – investors, builders, suppliers – are part of society and their work is strongly influenced by social processes. The desire to break away from these processes can lead to a work of genius that revolutionizes the processes in society, but the likelihood of this happening is minimal. In most cases, detachment from social realities leads to inadequate architecture for its time. For me, the evolutionary approach is better – architecture should try to anticipate trends in society and materialize them.

TE: Building Capital Fort opened in 2015, five years later, would you change anything about it?

AZ: Looking at the building as a product of its environment and time, if we were to start designing Capital Fort now, it would look a little different, because the design trends have changed a bit, as well as our understandings. If we started designing Capital Fort in 10 years, the changes would certainly be bigger.

I am far from thinking that an architectural work can be perfect. In order to develop their work, artists need to rethink and self-analyze. This applies to any art, including architecture.

TE: Where does the architect end and the facade engineer begin? At what point did the collaboration between A&A Architects and TAL Engineering originate?

AZ: The work between the architect and the facade engineer is joint and interactive. The creation of the facade is not a linear process in which one participant completes their work and then begins the other. The collaboration starts at the beginning of the design, when technical requirements, budget and technological limitations of the project are determined. In the design process, different architectural solutions are consulted with the facade engineers, alternatives are considered and a working solution is established. Subsequently, when the facade engineers develop working designs for the facades, they work alongside the architects to connect the facade with all other elements of the building.

Overall, it is a collaborative work that follows the process from the  beginning of the design to the end of the construction of the site. Our experience in working with TAL Engineering covers all these stages.

TE: Architects are designing buildings that will characterize cities for decades to come. Now, more than ever, the future is unpredictable. How difficult is it to design buildings for the unknown future?

AZ: It is a fact that we live in very dynamic times where acceleration in the processes is huge – technological development, social changes, global processes, including pandemics, are changing very quickly the way we live and inhabit buildings and cities. Sometimes these processes are so fast that if we compare them with the time for realization of a large-scale investment project, it may turn out the project is already obsolete or unnecessary even before its completion. On the other hand, many of these processes are predictable, however in order to anticipate them, it is necessary to invest a serious intellectual and financial resource for the research of processes and trends. Nonetheless, modern technologies allow rapid adaptation to new realities and readjustment of business and lifestyle. For this to happen, we need to be more flexible and innovative. If we translate this to buildings – they must be sustainable, flexible and innovative enough to meet future challenges.

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On 21.5.2019. TAL Engineering invited students from the Leader’s Academy  to visit our office and production base in Kazichene. The participants had the opportunity to learn about various machines for cutting and processing aluminum profiles, as well powder coating.

The educational session continued in the office, where a presentation on “Diversification and Entrepreneurship” was delivered by eng. Marian Petkov, eng. Ivan Kodjabashev and eng. Andon Tushev, Manager of TAL Engineering.

TAL Engineering visited bauma 2019 in Munich, Germany. This is the only trade fair in the world that brings together the industry for construction machinery in its entire breadth and depth. This platform presents the highest concentration of innovations—making our visit an event to remember.

614,000 m² of exhibition space
3,700 exhibitors from 63 countries and regions
620,000 visitors from over 200 countries and regions

“RICHHILLE BUSINESS CENTER is a project that TAL Engineering realizes by combining advanced architectural concepts with high-quality building systems in a period of dynamic internal modernization. The basic concept of the vision of the two above-ground blocks of broken prismatic volumes allowed the use of a standard SCHUCO facade system FW 50+.

In an effort to achieve exceptional results in pursuing a strict time schedule with a strict deadline and outstanding quality in the unwavering budget, TAL Engineering has implemented an ERP system for managing processes while meeting ISO and DGNB quality standards.

The face of each building is the façade and TAL Engineering has once again applied an innovative approach to stand firm behind its motto “We reflect the future”. ”

-eng. Kiril Dimitrov

TAL Engineering received the Grand Prize in the Innovation category of the CEIBG – Quality, Growth, Innovation from Bulgaria Awards 2018.

At the prestigious and glamorous ceremony during the Fourth Annual Ball of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria held on 5 June 2018, the most prestigious business prizes were awarded.

The nominations were judged by a jury consisting of CEIBG Board members, and the Award was given to Andon Tushev, manager of TAL Engineering.

” Building 15, which is located in the Business Park in Mladost, is one of the most beautiful new buildings in the complex. The conceptual vision of AandA Architects was recreated and realized in detail thanks to work, experience, diligence and, last but not least, the teamwork between colleagues and departments in TAL Engineering.

During the implementation of this project, we introduced new tools and techniques that helped us to improve the style, quality and speed of work. The information on this project was accessible to all participants thanks to the collection of a single virtual server. We were conducting a weekly internal surgery, which we called the “Technical Board”. On this board, we met and decided on time, the challenges and the difficulties of implementation. We agreed and approved details and technical questions.

The implementation of Building 15’s façade served the wishes of the architect and investor of the project. The new knowledge and experience gained during this project gave us confidence and strengthened our position in the industry. We continue to progress! ”

– eng. Viktor Stoyanov

In October 2018, TAL Engineering celebrated its 20th anniversary. This success has prompted the company to refresh its corporate identity to keep pace with global trends.

Our new logo is a contemporary vision for the company’s visual identity. It is a contour of a folded sheet material and remains as a trademark for the company. Long-standing partnership relationships and the established reputation of the company are the foundation for the rapid introduction of the new corporate identity.

The overall change in corporate identity can be noticed in the online presence of the company as well. TAL Engineering’s updated website combines an easy-to-use structure with efficient navigation to make it easier for users to operate through the platform. Professional design conveys stability and quality that are the guiding principles for the company.

TAL Engineering has the pleasure to present one of it’s finished projects, which will provide many happy moments to the children of Sofia. On 1.10.2015 the Science Centre for Children “Muzeiko” will be officially open for small and big, interested to know more about the world. TAL Engineering participated in this project as a contractor of the envelope of the building – curtain wall and ventilated façade system with HPL (High Pressure Laminate) cladding. The interior of the building was also cladded with HPL, which was provided by our partners Fundermax and design/installation by TAL Engineering’s specialists.

TAL Engineering was elected to participate in this initiative as a result of its many years of expertise, more than competent engineering team and tight collaboration with the architects in order to achieve the vision and the most important factor – guarantee for quality, which is of the upmost importance in protecting the joyful experience of the visitors of “Muzeiko”.

The Science Centre for Children “Muzeiko” is positioned over 2000 sq. meters, with the intention to inspire children and make them more inquisitive about the world. The visitors have the opportunity to gain knowledge in different fields, such as, science, construction engineering, history and many others by looking and using the 130 installations and games.

If you would like to learn more about “Muzeiko” please visit their website and if you would like to learn more about the work we have done please contact our office.