The whole REDVERTEX team would like to congratulate our colleague, Sneji Radulova, whose project won the popular City Academy Awards. Sneji’s team of two took first prize in the ‘Heroes of the Seven Seas’ category with their project “Seathrough”. Their interior design idea is to be featured on the ground floor of the children’s wing at Pirogov Hospital, the biggest medical center in Bulgaria.
We spoke to Sneji about her success.
What did the City Academy Awards contest mean to you personally?
My participation in this project brought me the courage to have my work embody my self-expression and my opinion of our surrounding environment. I also obtained confidence in my own qualities as a human, an architect and a team member.
Where did you find the inspiration for you project?
My team was inspired by Lee Skolnick’s LHSA+DP – the studio behind the design concept of the children’s museum ‘Museiko’ in Sofia. Our idea came to us very naturally and spontaneously. We chose our design to reflect the imaginary world of the children. We wanted to be able to look through the eyes of the young heroes upon their universe to better understand their needs and interests. That was as well the final purpose of our concept; for it was not only important to be able to include the children’s art (in the forms of paintings and drawings), but to be able to enrich the rooms with furniture, materials and installations, which would be practical and cheerful. I hope we succeeded in this.
Why did you decide on participating in the category “Heroes of the Seven Seas”?
This theme encompasses the ground floor of the children’s clinic, registration section, hallways, the trauma center and the patients’ rooms. We chose the “Heroes of the Seven Seas”, because we believe that the entrance to a building, even more a hospital building, plays a huge role on the patients’ mood, their initial emotions and feelings. Change should start from there- where the difference between a sterilized hospital space and a place for fun and games is completely wiped clean. The project has been inspired by the wavy line (referencing the sea wave), where there are no sharp corners. The furniture itself is designed to make the most of space. Some segments are made up as elevated surfaces on which children can climb, and underneath they open up as spaces for storing books and toys. Round sofas, in the reception and other rooms, are made wide enough to seat more than one child. This will help in their socializing.
How did your job experience assist you to create your design?
I think that my work at REDVERTEX taught me that project presentation is one of the most important things to selling an idea. For example, if you have an idea you should be able to not only to express it in a very empowering manner, but to visualize and realize it in a fitting manner. This, I believe, is the formula to success – unison and graduation. Harmony.
What did you feel when you understood that your project had won the contest?
I can’t even describe this feeling… of knowing that your design is chosen as the best for the most famous emergency center in Bulgaria. I feel very grateful.
What was the prize?
I am satisfied that we have been recognized. Our success grants us the opportunity to work with Lee Skolnick, with whom we will develop the final concept for the “Young Heroes” project and finalize the design of the interior of the department. The real prize for us will be when the department is revealed, and when visitors of the hospital feel better in the newly renovated environment.
Sneji has been part of the REDVERTEX studios for about a year.
A RIBA Part 2 Architect and MArch Architecture graduate of Kingston University, Sneji has previously worked for Broadway Malyan, Singapore.
To find out more about Sneji’s team’s project, visit: the Awards’ page.