ASTRAL TOWER | STARH
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Project Name: Astral Tower
Location: Varna, Bulgaria
Design Year: 2020
Built area: 111 000 sq.m
Client: Astral Concept
Architect: STARH, Svetoslav Stanislavov
Design team: Petar Nikolov, Iva Kostova, Hristo Dushev, Dimitar Katzarov, Geogri Pasev, Desislava Geogieva, Vladimir Kavaev, Ivan Kovachev, Debora Dimitrova, Sanya Kovacheva.
Astral Tower is the highest building in Varna, Bulgaria, reaching up to 140 meters. The location of the building lot is chosen based on a thorough urban planning survey and solar analysis. Locked between two main boulevards of the city, Astral Tower is within a walking distance of public and institutional buildings, as well as in close proximity to the historical center.
As a mixed-use tall building, the project’s concept is to offer a way of inhabiting that is co-related with nowadays’ ever-changing daily dynamics. Everyday activities are concentrated into a single building, which allows a person to preserve time and energy in such a way over the span of a single day, that could be channeled to their personal life, family, and recreational activities. The program consists of residential and office spaces, a 4-star hotel, a mall, supermarket, gym, restaurant and café, healthcare services bank offices.
The project design is developed mainly in two volumes of a similar size – a horizontal and a vertical one – that are connected to one another. The design concept is reached after many studies and design proposals for the most appropriate size and ratio that could fit in the context. The major priority is accomplishing a design that is delicate, as well as contemporary and distinctive. In this sense, rounded corners along with the full height and attenuated vertical tectonics give the illusion of a disappearing building silhouette. In this way, the building itself fits in the most unobstructed way into the context with its size.