Preserving Buzludzha

The Buzludzha Memorial House currently stands in a state of severe disrepair. Its roof is damaged, allowing rain and snow to enter the main interior space, and this is having a detrimental effect on the fragile mosaics inside—which are now visibly falling apart, year by year. Meanwhile, the moisture trapped inside the building risks threatening the integrity of the structure itself.

It is not too late to save this iconic work of Bulgarian Modernism, however.

In 2018, the monument was recognized by Europa Nostra as one of the seven most endangered heritage sites in Europe. In 2019, the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles awarded a $185,000 grant towards the creation of a preservation plan. Bulgaria’s Ministry of Culture is now talking about recognizing the site with official monument status, which would allow the work of preservation to begin.

In the meantime, a number of visions have been proposed for what a renovated Buzludzha Memorial House might look like. We will keep this page updated with information on all new proposals for the physical—and virtual—preservation of Buzludzha.

Current Projects

BUZLUDZHA PROJECT

BY DORA IVANOVA

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The Buzludzha Project Foundation was founded in 2015 by Bulgarian architect Dora Ivanova: to campaign for the building’s conservation while raising awareness and support among political and professional communities, the media and the general public. The foundation contributes towards a comprehensive reassessment of the monument and its socio-economic value.

BUZLUDZHA VR

BY TODOR RUSANOV AND RAFAL CZARNOWSKI

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The Buzludzha VR project recreates the memorial house as it might look today, had it never been abandoned. The political symbols are gone, to be replaced by modern furnishings, a museum and a concert hall. The level of detail employed in this 3D virtual reconstruction of the monument is truly impressive—and as a concept, Buzludzha VR makes a fascinating case for the potential for preserving physical heritage in digital form.