OBIA renovates ice rink with wooden leaf-shaped lattice in bulgaria OBIA renovates ice rink with wooden leaf-shaped lattice in bulgaria
mar 12, 2014

OBIA renovates ice rink with wooden leaf-shaped lattice in bulgaria

OBIA renovates ice rink with wooden leaf-shaped lattice in bulgaria
all images courtesy of OBIA




bulgarian studio OBIA has transformed an ice rink’s existing wooden building with a patterned lattice based on the form of a leaf. located in the mountain ski-resort, bansko in bulgaria, the project sought to integrate the volume into the site, completely renovating it to achieve higher comfort levels and energy efficiency. the structure was stripped back so that only the original beams and columns were left, and the internal wall dividing the space was substituted with glass.  


offering more transparency into the interior, the mass connects with both the street and the ice field. an outer pergola frames a silhouette that is based on the image of a dry leaf. the angular wooden lattice consists of fillings that are rotated, giving it a dynamic and floating appearance, as if in motion.


perspective view of the east facade


the transparent dry leaf motif used on the pergola


west façade perspective, looking from the side of the ice field


entrance under the pergola


interior view


detail of the ice crystals inside a dry leaf


the pergola under construction


under construction – skeleton of the pergola in detail


main façade towards the street – evening view


drawing – plan and section of the building


drawing – axonometric view and elevation



project info:


architect: OBIA (
location: bansko, bulgaria
project architects: nikolay ostrev, vladislav ignatov,
design team: nikolay ostrev, vladislav ignatov, slavin baylov, boriana kostova, georgi kostov
project area: 336m2
project year: 2010
photographs: OBIA



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