Gold Winner 2022 – Umani Hotel - Architecture Collection
Gold Winner of the Architecture & Design Collection Awards 2022

Umani Hotel

Hospitality Architecture Built
Professional Category

Architect / Designer:

Svetoslav Stanislavov



Design Team:

Dimitar Katsarov, Hristo Dushev, Iva Kostova, Radostina Petkova, Petar Nikolov, Borislav Stanchev, Georgi Pasev, Vladimir Kavaev, Ivan Kovachev, Debora Dimitrova, Sanya Kovacheva


Dian Stanchev


Umani Hotel is located in close proximity to Golden Sands Nature Park near Varna and looks over directly towards the Black Sea. The plot of land is significantly sloped from west to east, surrounded by a pristine landscape with valuable tree species and natural rock formations. The concept of the project is to create a contextual building that fits easily into the natural environment, that looks light, airy and unobtrusive. This is a building that works well together with all elements of the surroundings and landscape, while enhancing its beauty without being dominant. The simplistic design is entirely subordinated to the natural features of the property – a strictly orthogonal rectangular prism that fits between the tall trees and the massive rocks, and lands in between without disturbing the densely landscaped screen. In order to achieve a greater mimicry, the design of the facades is entirely completed in vertical Finnish Тhermоwood battens, that encircle the entire structure. Dynamic is introduced by taking away from the volume in several places where loggias are formed, while they are emphasized by the clean line of the glass. The clear floor plans and maximally large windows of the hotel rooms allow them to change their view in height – from the richness of the vegetation to the endless expanse of the sea horizon, which gradually appears. Umani Hotel, the name of which is associated with the human being, has a humane way of influence – both because of its delicate intervention and because of the peaceful experience it brings.


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