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Old August 27th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #1
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SOFIA | Europe Tower | 209m | 687ft | 43 fl | Canceled

Height: 178m without spire / 209.3m (building + spire)
Floor count: 43 fl.
Location: Тhe crossing of Blvd. Tsar Boris III and Blvd. Acad. Ivan Ev. Geshov | Click here to see the location
Construction end: 2010
Architect: Hentrich Petschnigg & Partner
Developer: ECE and Advance Propreties



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Towering Europe Tower
Published on 28-08-2008 by Skyscrapernews.com

It's 178 metres tall, and when the soon to begin construction is completed in 2010, Europe Tower will be the tallest skyscraper yet built in the eastern European republic of Bulgaria.

Designed by Dutch architecture firm Hentrich Petschnigg & Partner, and developed by ECE and Advance Propreties, the tower will stand on one of the key entrances to the City of Sofia providing a strong and modern visual marker for entrants to the city.

The scheme is also intended as the centerpiece of an urban regeneration programme called Europe Park that will offer 40,000 net square metres of office space and an [/b]average floor-plate of 1,000 square metres.[/b] It will be topped by a spire pushing the height up to 209.3 metres making it one of the tallest buildings ever planned for the Balkans peninsula.

As a simple glass-clad rectangular block, the architect has added interest to the shape by carving out a section from one of the corners of the lower floors and a similar chunk from the top. A large internal space is provided on the upper floors in the form of a V shaped void whilst the sloping roofline also adds to the general angular shape the scheme is left with.

As part of the wider Europe Park development, the skyscraper will be supplemented by a massive 70,000 square metres of retail space and 25,000 parking spaces which combine to make the largest retail development in the entire country. Work on site is due to start imminently.
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1715


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2nd Prize Europe Tower, Sofia:


KSP Engel und Zimmermann has won the 2nd Prize at the international invited competition for a “Europe Tower”. The development area where the planned high-rise is to stand is located prominently at the entrance to the city of Sofia. The central and formal idea is to develop a simple and yet exciting skyscraper.

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ECE is working on the construction of Bulgaria's tallest building - in the capital city of Sofia. The Europe Tower, with a height of 180 meters and more than 40 storeys, will soon be the new landmark in the booming metropolis with 1.2 million inhabitants.
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The plans for the office tower with a leased area of around 40,000 square meters were drawn up by Düsseldorf-based architects HPP.
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Tallest tower in Bulgaria will be built by 2010

Construction will shortly begin on Bulgaria's tallest office tower in the capital city, Sofia. Europe Tower, a 180m fully-glazed office tower designed by German architects HPP, was unveiled in October last year at the Expo Real Estate Fair in Munich, Germany. Europe Tower was commissioned by German investors ECE Projektmanagement as part of their Europe Park retail development in Sofia and will offer 40,000 sq m of leasable office space across 40 floors.

ECE, in partnership with Advance Properties, are transforming a former industrial site in the capital into a new city quarter with Europe Park at the centre as Bulgaria's largest retail development with 70,000 sq m of shopping potential. The new quarter will hold 25,000 car parking spaces and be accessible to over 1.1 million people in Sofia.

ECE are currently handling a further 26 office developments and 27 retail developments worldwide. While Europe Tower is 47m short of ranking in the 100 tallest buildings in the world, according to their website ECE hope that Europe Tower can act as Bulgaria's 'landmark seen from afar'. Construction is due to be complete in 2010.



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Advance Properties and ECE present highest building of Bulgaria (BU)
Tuesday 16 October 2007
Last week at the Expo Real in Munich, Georgi Domuschiev, Managing Director of Advance Properties, and Alexander Otto, Chairman of the board of ECE, unveiled a model of Europe Tower Sofia. The office tower, with its 40 stories and a height of over 180 meters, will be the highest structure in Bulgaria and thus will become the new landmark of the bustling capital.

Europe Tower is a major part of the Europe Park Sofia which will emerge in the heart of the city on a former industrial site. It will be built together with the Europe Center, which will offer approx. 70,000 m² of retail space and thus be one of the biggest inner city shopping gallery of Sofia.

Europe Park Sofia is being realized by the following partners: ECE Projektmanagement, European market leader in shopping centres, GTM-Angel Balevski EAD, Balkancar Sredez AD and Advance Properties Ltd., one of the biggest real estate players in Bulgaria.

GTM – Angel Balevski EAD acquired through the privatization process in Bulgaria Balkancar Sredez AD in 2006 and attracted as a strategic partner for the realization of the above men-tioned ambitious targets 'Advance Properties' Ltd.

The Investment Group 'Advance Properties' is established with wholly private Bulgarian capital in 2003. The Group owns strategic stakes in several companies in the real estate business, industries as machinery, pharmaceuticals, etc. The market value of the Group in-vestments exceeds ˆ500 mln.

The companies of Advance Properties have a strong commitment to integrity, manufacturing quality and customer satisfaction. Their flagship products are sold in globally competitive markets: this challenges them to extend the reach of their businesses through strategic alli-ances with important industry players.

The Hamburg-based ECE group has been developing, planning, constructing, leasing and managing large shopping centers since 1965. With 90 shopping centers under management at present, ECE is the European market leader in this field. In all centers located in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, the Czech Republic, Austria and Qatar, about 9,400 retail partners generate ˆ10.4 bln. in annual sales on an overall sales area of 2.7 mln. m². Another 26 shopping centers are currently under construction or in the planning stage throughout Europe. ECE has been awarded numerous international architecture prizes for its malls.

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Internationaler Wettbewerb 1. Preis

Bulgariens neues Wahrzeichen, der „Europe Tower Sofia“, entsteht nach den Plänen von HPP Architekten. Der Entwurf der Partnerschaft ging Anfang Juni 2007 als Sieger aus einem internationalen Wettbewerb hervor. Die Aufgabe bestand in der städtebaulichen Integration des „Europe Towers“ in den „Europe Park Sofia“, der im Bezirk Vitosha als neues urbanes Zentrum der Hauptstadt entstehen soll. Der 40-geschossige Büroturm, mit Luxusappartements ab der 32. Etage, wird mit einer Fläche von 40.000 m2 BGF das höchste Bauwerk Bulgarien sein und wurde von HPP daher als skulpturaler Solitär, als neues signifikantes Wahrzeichen für die boomende Metropole entworfen. Mit dem Bau soll 2008 begonnen werden, die Fertigstellung ist für das Jahr 2010 vorgesehen.

Bauherr: ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG











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The height of the tower is 177,89 m., as it has 43 overground floors and three underground levels.

The spin of the tower reach 209,30 m hight!!!

So this is the tallest building on the Balkans.





And a model I found in a blog



Sources:
http://urbanity.blogsome.com/2008/04...hnigg-partner/
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...upload_id=2211
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=84973
http://www.europe-re.com/system/main...objectid=11206
http://www.ksp-architekten.de/index.php?id=102&no_cache=1&L=1&tx_ttnews[/url][tt_news]=67&tx_ttnews[backPid]=26
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1715

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Old August 27th, 2008, 12:54 AM   #2
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Looks very nice
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Old August 27th, 2008, 01:14 AM   #3
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wow!! the design is really coooool
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:00 AM   #4
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No,it is 209 metres,not 178
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Old August 27th, 2008, 08:44 AM   #5
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ECE Bulgaria

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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #6
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The official height of the tower is 209,30 m
The project represents a High-rise building with offices and apartment hotel, sky bar, sky lounge and 3 levels of underground garages. Europe Tower Sofia has a height of 177,89 m and assembly antenna to the hight of 209,30 m; the total over ground floor area shall cover 43 floors with total area of 64 000 m2 and the total floor area of the underground levels shall cover 3 underground levels with total area of approximately 16 000 m2. The high-rise building shall accommodate approximately 3 000 persons simultaneously in the office, residential and restaurant zones. Together with Europe center Sofie the sky-scraper forms a complex, united by a "plaza", from which the high-rise is directly accessible. Having the form of a crystal, totally dressed by a double suspended façade, illuminated in the night, Europe Tower Sofia is designed to create identity and a landmark of the city.

Please let the moderator change the title with 209 m., because it is the top point.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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Beautiful tower.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:18 PM   #8
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I like it... bravo Sofia
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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:01 PM   #9
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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:24 PM   #10
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Can a mod please change the height to 209m? Read above for more info. Thanks!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #11
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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #12
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A fantastic project.. a very impressive tower!!!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 10:52 PM   #13
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Looking good. 209m to the top of the spire, I assume?
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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:01 PM   #14
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cheers neighbours!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #16
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The tower looks very nice. I'm glad that Sofia is starting to get some skyscrapers
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Old August 28th, 2008, 12:36 PM   #17
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Some good news again

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Towering Europe Tower
Published on 28-08-2008 by Skyscrapernews.com

It's 178 metres tall, and when the soon to begin construction is completed in 2010, Europe Tower will be the tallest skyscraper yet built in the eastern European republic of Bulgaria.

Designed by Dutch architecture firm Hentrich Petschnigg & Partner, and developed by ECE and Advance Propreties, the tower will stand on one of the key entrances to the City of Sofia providing a strong and modern visual marker for entrants to the city.

The scheme is also intended as the centerpiece of an urban regeneration programme called Europe Park that will offer 40,000 net square metres of office space and an average floor-plate of 1,000 square metres. It will be topped by a spire pushing the height up to 209.3 metres making it one of the tallest buildings ever planned for the Balkans peninsula.

As a simple glass-clad rectangular block, the architect has added interest to the shape by carving out a section from one of the corners of the lower floors and a similar chunk from the top. A large internal space is provided on the upper floors in the form of a V shaped void whilst the sloping roofline also adds to the general angular shape the scheme is left with.

As part of the wider Europe Park development, the skyscraper will be supplemented by a massive 70,000 square metres of retail space and 25,000 parking spaces which combine to make the largest retail development in the entire country. Work on site is due to start imminently.
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=1715
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Old August 28th, 2008, 12:37 PM   #18
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skyscrapernews should do better research: HPP is not dutch ...
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You're right http://www.hpp.com/
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