All photos courtesy of The America for Bulgaria Foundation
SKOLNICK is collaborating with two Bulgarian firms on the design of a new visitor center at an archaeological site in Plovdiv, Bulgaria: the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis, an ancient Roman church where extensive 4th and 6th Century mosaics, along with other artifacts, have been uncovered. Colorful and well-preserved mosaics cover approximately 2,000 square feet of the site in two layers and depict vivid imagery of flora and fauna, Christian iconography, and intricate geometric patterns. The center, which will open in September 2019, aims to conserve, restore, display, and protect the Basilica, which is still being excavated.
Working with local architects Zoom Studio of Sofia and Atelier Duo of Plovdiv, SKOLNICK is consulting on the design of a large enclosure over the mosaics and also designing the visitor experience, which will include exhibits, interactive components, graphics, an exterior plaza, and walkways throughout the site. The facility will be a living, working site, with active archaeological work going on even as visitors are walking through.
The America for Bulgaria Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the market economy and institutions of democratic society in Bulgaria, is joined by the Municipality of Plovdiv, the Ministry of Culture, and the national government in supporting the archaeological work and the design and construction of the visitor center. Nancy Schiller, President of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, says that “This project, in conjunction with the status of Plovdiv being named a European Capital of Culture, will bring the world’s attention to this beautiful, historic, and culturally important city.”