Wavelands Project

Students of the Belgrade Faculty of Architecture Sanja Ivkov and Anđela Đorović won a Special Award competing against 6 teams from 6 countries (Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Turkey and Serbia) at the 5th Intenational student competition organized by the Faculty of Architecture of the Free University in Varna, Bulgaria, that took place from 16th to 19th May 2012.

The topic of this year’s competition was Plein air in Architecture – Island Protection and Recreation Zone Golden Sands with the Ideas Proposal of a complex of recreational facilities on newly formed islands in Varna, on the Black Sea. Sanja and Anđela presented a project titled Wavelands in which they developed a parametric approach based on glitch art. The Author of audio-visual effects is electrical engineer Stefan Malešević, and the mentor was Aleksandar Videnović.

Here’s what the authors wrote about the project:


The design concept is derived from the geometric approach and contemporary trends in visual expression and presentation [glitch art] that correspond with the existing built environment, topography and oscillations of sea waves.

* GLITCH ART is a contemporary tendency of expression in the field of sound and images. Sound and picture are the result of digital and analog experiment with the basic factors (pixel -> Image | frequency -> sound).

Technology is a generator of its development, while glitch generates its own growth, modulations and variations in order to be implemented in the area as a trigger of the dynamics and ambient through time. This way of understanding and perception was used as a visual, structural and ambiental experiment.



This project aims to create enriched, sustainable and environmentally important areas. The proposed action with its reaction – result is transformed into an idea that is gradually implemented in the tissue of the island, and then to the wider built environment. This new areas are accessible, comfortable, attractive in its structure and ambient, with green areas that have a positive impact on the environment at the micro and macro level. Ambient diversity encourages the activation of all senses and enhances the experience and perception of environment and activities. Space is opened to its future users and the wider environment. This solution represents a method that can be applied to any surface, object, block, and the entire city. The result is universally applicable and variable.


The diversity of contents and ambients that are formed around them represent one of the essential features of the project. Thematically organized functions within the island participate in expansion of the complex in the direction sea – land and land – sea, where they create relationships in their functioning and further development as a whole. The program structure consists of several topics with their contents distributed on the islands:

I group of islands:

1. SPORT: surf, yachting, paragliding, swimming pools…
2. LODGE: hotel, restaurants, spa, beaches…
3. FOOD: ethno village, national food, festivals, fishing…
4. ART: open-air galleries, workshops, land/water art…

II group of islands:

1. FUN: music, theme park, circus, Pirates…
2. MULTIMEDIA: projections, multimedia, digital art…
3. DIVE IN: water lounge, dive-in cinema, beach, water balloons…



The volume of the islands can be achieved by filling the land. In addition to the structure it is proposed to use different types of sea coast erosion protection and vegetation as secondary protection. Types of coast protection should be selected in accordance with the needs and possibilities of the islands, as well as activities that are performed on them. Types of sea coast erosion protection:

1. Seawall
The purpose of a seawall is to protect areas of human habitation, conservation and leisure activities from the action of tides and waves.

2. Beach nourishment
Beach nourishment describes a process by which sediment (usually sand) lost through erosion is replaced from sources outside of the eroding beach. A wider beach can reduce storm damage to coastal structures by dissipating energy across the surf zone, protecting upland structures and infrastructure from storm surges and unusually high tides. Nourishment is one of three commonly accepted methods for protecting shorelines.

3. Breakwaters
Breakwaters are structures constructed on coasts as part of coastal defense or to protect an anchorage from the effects of weather and longshore drift. They reduce the intensity of wave action in inshore waters and thereby reduce coastal erosion or provide safe harborage. Breakwaters further out in sea are considered for creating the right ‘peeling’ waves for surfing.

4. Artifical surfing reefs
Structures that create the ideal conditions for surfing.


Sustainable development

The usage of renewable resources and natural materials, green areas and recycling , with the help of technologies that reduce emissions of harmful substances and energy consumption, helps creation of an environment that is healthy for a man, with a positive effect on the climate, economic and ecological sustainable.

You can download the project in PDF here


Award, Bulgaria, Competition

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