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Since its launch in 2002, Building of the Year National Contest has presented hundreds of buildings, developed during the past ten years in Bulgaria. All of these buildings have become a kind of review of trends in architecture and construction in the country, aiming to be excel quality and original ideas and innovative decisions.
The buildings realized in the past year are divided in several categories - holiday and residential properties, trade and office buildings, industrial buildings, special used buildings, green buildings, whose idea is to present the best role models for energy-efficient and sustainable construction in Bulgaria.
The winners in individual categories and award winner of the “Building of the Year”, are appointed by a jury of Bulgarian and international professionals who work in the fields of architecture, investments, town-planning, consultant services and business.
On the basis of clearly defined criteria, every single member of the jury votes for the best project. The final results from the voting and the winners are known several days prior to the official ceremony.
The contest is also famous for the Award of the Audience initiative.Every person is able to vote for their favorite building for a period of two weeks - from December 1 to December 14, 2011 on the contest's site. The building that has collected the greatest number of votes will be nominated on the day of the official ceremony.
Winners will be officially announced and awards given at the solemn ceremony in front of architects, investors, developers, representatives of state administration, various real estate and business organizations.
In 2005, another initiative was launched - "The eternal buildings of Bulgaria". The aim of this initiative is to support, restore and preserve cultural monuments and important historical sites.
One of the winners in this category is the medieval Christian temple called Boyanskata tsarkva of "St. Nikola and St. Pantaleymon" in Sofia, which is also present on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Through this initiative construction companies, financial organizations and private persons have raised over 200,000 Bulgarian leva for the reconstruction of the building and restoration of frescoes. In this way they become donors of the XXI century (more information in Initiatives)
The entire ceremony of Building of the Year National Contest is broadcasted on the Bulgarian National Television and the satellite channel BNT SAT. The contest has already turned into one of the top-rated broadcasts and prestigious events in the fields of architecture and construction in Bulgaria.
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