Historical analysis and approach This place in Sofia, Bulgaria, has aninteresting, yet sad history. Shortly, 20 years ago there was a Writer’s CoffeeShop at the corner, an ordinary building, but with a very strong social meaning. It was a cultural hotspot visited by generations of writers, painters,teachers and architects. It was also, a place for debate, philosophical andpolitical. 20 years ago, the communist government declared the building‘dissident’ and destroyed it over night. My father said, on the next morning,there was already grass on the place. Anyway, nowadays the site is a beautiful small, city garden, and the citizens love it. Actually,nobody wants any building to replace the garden, although the site is meant tobe build-up. The task of designing the new “Club of the Poet” was getting complicated,fighting against public opinion, and more - the new building had to be placedin a very aggressive environment, between a church and classical building. Ithad to be something calm, neutral, part of the existing environment and at thesame time to preserve the memory of the place. My concept was to design a sculptural building,a monument, which integrates the actual Coffee Shop, and to cover the edge ofthe crossroad to achieve an adequate urban street silhouette.