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!

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TAL Engineering had the pleasure to interview arch. Svetoslav Stanislavov, CEO of architectural bureau STARH

TAL Engineering: Arch. Stanislavov, your buildings have a distinctive and  recognisable design. Do you consider the façade as an independent element of the design of a building?

Arch. Svetoslav Stanislavov: On the contrary. I believe that a building should be a holistic organism, a complete structure that works in sync. As a starting point in the creation of a harmonious and complete architecture, our creative search always starts from the function of the building and ends with the façade. Don’t get me wrong – we don’t follow any protocol or system, for us it’s a creative process of finding the best solution for a particular building. The façade is not an end in itself, it is part of the whole idea and is subordinated to the functional features of the building, not vice versa. Our buildings are recognizable because of the aesthetics and the attention we pay to their creation. Façades, as part of the whole architecture, are generally accessible to the observer and most strongly influence one’s emotions and perceptions.

TE: Can it be said that façades follow trends? If so, what are they in the different categories of buildings and how does your studio express these trends? Do you follow them at all or do you try to create your own?

SS: We live in a time of technological and informational progress, in which we can monitor the development of each area in which we work almost in real time. Architecture is no exception. The world’s major architectural platforms with audience of millions of people determine the quality of aesthetics and trends that inevitably affect, for better or worse, all of us. It is normal to be influenced by these processes and the big names, but as I said earlier, we perceive architecture as art, as a search process in which we leave a trace of our own aesthetics and individuality. Our own approach is to be bold, to dream and to create buildings that only few dare to make for fear of stepping out of their comfort zone. We are a studio that dares to work with innovative, not yet tested in Bulgaria materials and to impose them successfully.

TE: Building B73 is one of the most innovative buildings not only in Sofia but also in Bulgaria at the moment. TAL Engineering made a façade in a radius, which required bending of the façade profiles and glazing, as well as installation of complex shapes of solid surface material. In the price / quality / aesthetics equation, when deciding on façades, which part prevails when you want to achieve an extravagant façade?

SS: B73 is a bold and different building that does not need a beautiful story to be perceived. The beautiful story is the building itself. I am glad that such a building can be realized in Bulgaria. Of course, this is possible only because all participants in the process of creating this building are dreamers, great perfectionists and admirers of the beauty, innovation and aesthetics of free geometry, which bequeathed us the phenomenal Zaha Hadid. The façade of B73 is the most complex we have designed, because of the elegant and clean line we wanted to achieve. The façade is like a Picasso drawing with one line – you have no right to make a mistake, it must be perfect. I will not bore you with details of the physical execution process but will say that façade engineers and contractors are virtuosos, without whom architects like me cannot realize their ideas. TAL Engineering, Soliform, Bigla Detail, Bigla III, Reynaers Aluminium, Guardian. Let us not give the false impression that the architect, no matter how brave, can determine for himself how far he can go in his ideas. In this building, as in all others, it is the investor who determines the overall direction, the budget limit and the entire assignment. If we, as architects, manage to create from these frameworks a project that the client recognizes as his own, then the price-quality-aesthetics equation is solved with great ease. Such was the case with B73. Let there be more investors like Boris Shalev and Krassimir Shalev.

TE: If we accept that finances along with regulations are a major factor in the orientation in the design of a façade, what are the factors that give rise to the need in the architect to make the façade in a certain way? Which is more important for you – to create buildings that are clearly visible or that merge with the environment?

SS: A good architect is a combination of many universal skills and knowledge that accumulate over the years. This knowledge at some point turns the constraints in a project from a negative to a starting point for creating something different and unique. Someone had said that the hardest thing was to start with a white sheet of paper. And this is true until you realize that in fact this process of searching for the truth is the most beautiful thing in the work of an artist. Each project is different and the approach to it is individual. When there is a context that is interesting and meaningful, we comply with it, but in any case I would prefer the buildings we create to have their own character and to evoke positive emotions in the observer.

TE: We all spend our lives in and around architecture – at home, at work, in public places. Does society model architecture or does architecture model society?

SS: I really like Ayn Rand’s thoughts, in which he says that an artist is never inspired by the need to serve society – his driving force is his own truth. Creation, not its users and the benefits they derive, is above all. Again, she argues that there is no collective mind, that reason is inherent in the individual. The agreement reached by a group of people is a compromise, the arithmetic mean of individual thoughts. The thought and creative process is performed by the individual. If we accept this as true, it follows that the architecture created by an artist changes society.

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Photography: Dian Stanchev

On March 17, 2021 TAL Engineering participated in another year of Leaders Academy, season 5.2. The main topic for the students was “The difference in educational and real design”, presented by dipl. eng. Orlin Kolev – Chief Designer at TAL Engineering.

“Over the years we are the company that has taken over the most challenging sites in Bulgaria and currently we are the largest partner of all the leaders in the facade business,” said by dipl. eng. Orlin Kolev.

The lecturer used several basic indicators, measurable in the field of design, which served as examples of the differences between real and educational design. One of them was the scale of the assignment. The lecturer and the participants came to the conclusion that the assignments received at the university are short, clear and the task is reduced to a given, and a solution. However, in the actual design, the task is not always well formulated, it is possible to change in the process of work, it is often necessary to further study and gather information from several different sources. Dipl. eng. Kolev emphasized that a lot of communication is needed, both between the departments within the company and between the contractor and the investor, just to prepare the assignment.

At the end of the lecture, the young specialists were given an interesting task. They had to put together a 3D puzzle of a house for a time limit. Contrary to expectations, the team that did not follow the instructions did best. But the most important conclusion from the interesting task was that the house was made by someone who designed it without checking what should actually be accomplished.

As a final piece of advice to his future colleagues, dipl. eng. Kolev shared that a person should be curious enough while he is in his most active age to achieve real results and progress.

TAL Engineering had the pleasure to interview arch. Radomir Serafimov, Studio Director of “Atelier Serafimov Architects”.

TAL Engineering: Many people perceive architecture only as drawings. What is it for you?

Arch. Radomir Serafimov: Architecture is everything that surrounds us in everyday life – landscape, buildings, facilities, environment… Each new project for us is different from the previous one, be it a residential, public or industrial building, interior design, public square or park environment. The boundless variety of issues, analysis, public and economic interest in the wide range of our projects make our profession a real inspiration and pleasure for us, and last but not least satisfaction from a job well done.

TE: What are the main principles that guide you in the implementation of a project?

RS: For me, architecture, above all, needs to serve society, not the Architect. And in this sense, our profession is one of the most humane. I believe that in realizing his idea, the architect should not look for a short-term phenomenon, fashion or sensation, rather to create a convincing work that will carry its message long-term in the urban silhouette and the surrounding landscape, and to cultivate the perception of  future aesthetics. . What we are looking for in our work is the “Human scale” – the commensurability of human perception of interior and exterior space, so that аrchitecture does not dominate, but has a positive impact on both occupants and bystanders. We look for and analyze how the project would affect the occupants of the building, how the space outside the volume of the building contacts and overflows with the space inside. When creating the appearance and shaping of the building, it is necessary to take into account the surrounding space. Here the role of the architect is to suppress his ego and desire for personal expression,  realized in bold, curious and extravagant decisions of the façade and to create a balanced and confidently placed architectural structure in which to show an intelligent approach and respect for the context of the environment.

 

TE: Tell us about the façade of our latest joint project – building NOVA TV.

RS: The new building of Nova Broadcasting Group – an extremely complex in terms of  functionality and installation project. The specific location of the property – main street, part of an industrial and business area. The project is characterized by a simplified volume, in which the proportions and plasticity of the façade are of major importance. For this purpose, a specific division has been created by means of sun protection elements of the façade in height. The first two floors of the building are separated as a base from the others and the volume ends with a light openwork façade united in the general silhouette with a pavilion style. The entrance from Nedelcho Bonchev Street is shaped like a “portal”, sinking into the volume of the building through two floors.

The façade grid is sought to provide optimal daylight by helping the rooms maintain their energy balance. The plasticity of the façade forms “niches” in which the windows are located.

Our intention is to achieve a façade with a distinctive, memorable character, through which the building to become recognizable and to become an individual emblem for the Nova Broadcasting Group.

TE: In 2020, due to unavoidable circumstances, all areas that could afford to work from home did so, leaving many offices empty. How do you think this trend will affect office buildings and spaces in 2021?

RS: The world pandemic has posed fundamental questions to humanity and changed values ​​by shifting the focus of our goals! The quarantine forced society to think introvertedly of the family and home. When people lost the freedom to travel and go out, they began to rethink their homes, which became a place for work, study and rest. These processes are expected to continue while the attitude towards housing as a “place to sleep” will change and in the long run this will have a significant impact on the development of the industry. On the other hand, we are rethinking already and designing public buildings according to the necessary measures for work in emergency situations. A large part of the existing buildings will have to be rebuilt or adapted. New hospitals and medical facilities together with the restoration of respect for the most humane profession – medical workers. The pandemic forced companies to reorganize work in “home office” to optimal extremes, and this led to the manifestation of all the shortcomings associated with such type of work organization. Therefore we believe that companies will quickly reorient to the conventional way of working in office spaces once the pandemic is over.

TE: One of our favorite projects, which still impresses our followers 4 years after its completion, is the building of Biovet in Peshtera. What are your favorite joint projects with TAL Engineering?

RS: The architectural and façade decision of the administrative building of Biovet AD is influenced both by the specifics of the production process and by our desire to create an emblematic building not only for the company, but also for the city.

As an example of good collaboration with Tal Engineering I will point out the Head Office of Alpha Bank in Sofia, executed in an excellent symbiosis between designer and contractor. The project for Alpha Bank building was an extremely complex task both of a functional nature and due to the fact that it had to be realized in a familiar, already built and functioning urban environment.

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TAL Engineering had the pleasure to interview arch. еng. Klimentin Chernev, managing director of Alukönigstahl Bulgaria.

TAL Engineering: In your opinion, is there a need for the façade to become an independent part of the investment project, alongside other specialties? Why or why not?

Arch. еng. Klimentin Chernev: Glazed façade constructions are an important element for buildings from an architectural, aesthetic and constructive point of view. The competence of architects in Bulgaria in terms of façade engineering is still not at the optimal level and often in the architectural part of investment projects many mistakes, inconsistencies and unresolved problems are allowed, which are a prerequisite for poor quality of the end product. I believe that there should be changes in the Spatial Development Act to put in place and regulate at least the minimum requirements for glazed façade structures.

TE: The partnership between Alukönigstahl and TAL Engineering helps implement debut products for our market. Do you think that our joint work leads to innovations for the industry in Bulgaria?

KC: Leading manufacturers in each industry stand out from the competition through the continuous development and implementation of innovative products and technologies, ensuring their technological advantage. Through its long-term partnership with proven world leaders in our industry – SCHÜCO and JANSEN, Alukönigstahl regularly offers innovative products on the market. For the successful implementation of such, however, we need a reliable partner – a contractor, which for us is and I hope will remains TAL Engineering. During the years of joint cooperation in Bulgaria we managed to realize together a number of private and public buildings with technological innovations used for the first time in our country. This joint collaboration undoubtedly radiates positive impulses to the entire construction sector, which indirectly raises its level.

TE: Observing the trends abroad, do you believe that facade engineering in Bulgaria is approaching the world standard? What do we need to do to match that standard?

KC: Contemporary Bulgarian architecture in terms of design is successfully reaching world class. In recent years, more and more Bulgarian fellow architects have been nominated and awarded in a number of architectural competitions around the world. Growing number of Bulgarian projects are presented on the pages of authoritative architectural magazines. In modern architecture, one of the main parts is the facade, so we are certainly approaching the world standard. Moreover, as architecture changes through the integration of new materials, technologies and processes, so companies that put facade engineering in the focus of their work  must constantly invest in machines, software, ERP systems, training and quality professionals that provide them with technological advantage.

TE: What are your favorite joint projects with TAL Engineering and why?

KC: Over the last twenty years of partnership, we have implemented many projects that shape the modern urban environment of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas and other cities in Bulgaria and abroad. Their number is significant, many of them I could give as an example of great work and collaboration, but in fear of missing someone, I would refrain from quoting names.

In addition, for me every successfully completed project leaves a sentimental mark in my heart. For your readers I could say that many jointly realized buildings can be seen on the websites of our two companies – https://www.alukoenigstahl.bg/ and https://talengineering.com/.

TE: You are one of the most skilled specialists and a leader in the facade engineering in Bulgaria. What advice would you give to young professionals in this field, which is gaining popularity as an autonomous industry?

KC: I advise all young professionals dealing with this challenging subject to devote enough time to research, self-training and training conducted by leading international companies in the industry. They need to learn and understand the “language” of both architects and engineers so that the outcome of their work is uncompromising.

TE: What do you hope we could achieve together in 2021?

KC: In recent years, your company has formed itself as the largest engineering company in the industry. You have a seriously developed hierarchical structure of specialists. Alukönigstahl’s services are also diverse and in different areas, so I wish an even deeper and more effective interaction between the departments of the two companies in each area, which is guaranteed to lead us to success in the future.

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On December 21, the annual awards “Building of the Year” 2020 were held at the Sofia Opera and Ballet, with limited guest capacity given the situation with Covid-19.

TAL Engineering is pleased to announce that we won 3 awards three buildings in 2020.

Advance Business Center II won a Special Award in the OFFICE AND CORPORATE BUILDINGS category.

Atlantis / Atmosphere Building won a Special Award in the category RESIDENTIAL COMPLEXES OF MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS.

A residential building at 7 Ivan Vazov Street won the Grand Prize in the RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS category.

This is an achievement for our entire team and a wonderful way to say goodbye to 2020. Special congratulations to all who were directly involved and participated in these projects! Congratulations!

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.

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