Sometimes you only need to move your eyes up and see something beautiful, little piece of the architectural landscape of Sofia. If someone’s taking the road of Veliko Trunovo str. can contemplate a beautiful building, with a heritage of more than 30 years.
Why do we find it so impressive?
An elegant detail, simple and expressive facade, and what is most interesting – a lattice of perforated pre-cast concrete blocks enclosing the balconies.
Similar lightweight perforated surfaces are common theme in contemporary architecture. The perforated blocks of the building have similar visual effect to many of the contemporary works authored by Jun Aoki, Jean Nouvel, Kumiko Inui. For example the Louis Vuitton Hills store in Tokyo explores the effect of multiple facade layers. Depending on the viewer’s position the facade has different degree of openness. In front the facade seems open, while moving away it seems to transform itself into a solid wall.
The principle analogy can be observed through studying the positioning of the perforations, they seem solid when viewed in front, while opening and creating movement on viewpoint change. Something more: the perforations have special function: they allow more sunlight from east and west and close up to the north.
The building has other qualities:
– the detail of the entrance peak
– the wooden lagging of the slabs
– the materials: beautiful combination of concrete and wood
– the original woodwork of the windows. Hopefully it’s owners would not “refresh” it with new PVC joinery and thermal insulation painted in orange (as this is common practice in Sofia)
We are still looking for the name of the architect…
The building was designed by arch. Bogdan Tomalevski and arch. Nikola Antonov.