Sense Hotel / Lazzarini Pickering Architetti

Sense Hotel / Lazzarini Pickering Architetti

© Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza + 16

Renovation  · 
Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Lazzarini Pickering Architetti
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Lutron Brasil
  • Interior Design

    Architectural Group Tzonkov
  • Collaborators

    Barbara Fragale, Giuseppe Postet, Daniela Ogis, Antonio Cavallo, Andrea Di Laurenzio, Carlo Guerrieri, Jenny Hammer, Eva Christine Schenck, Francesca Wunderle
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Ground Floor Plan
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Text description provided by the architects. This project for a hotel in Sofia revolves around the contemporary reconstruction of a historical building. The hotel is situated in Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, one of the city’s most prestigious streets. As with all of Lazzarini Pickering’s work, the project creates an attentive dialogue with the site, despite its innovative form.

© Matteo Piazza
© Matteo Piazza

The base, the only element finished in stone, ensures a continuous link with neighbouring buildings. The new façade that sits atop this plinth is characterised by a glazed surface interrupted by a metal grid defining the pattern of windows in the guestrooms. Fixed panes alternate with operable rectangular windows that provide fresh air, in alternative to the mechanical air conditioning system.

© Matteo Piazza
© Matteo Piazza

Formal experimentation comes with the creation of second internal façade. The configuration of this shifting surface changes in direct relationship to needs of the hotel’s guests. It is composed of a series of adjustable opaque panels that can be used to modulate and screen relationship between interior and exterior. In continuous movement, the panels are finished in a warm golden yellow, homage to the golden domes of Alexsander Nevsky Cathedral, whose image is reflected in the hotel’s transparent façade.

© Matteo Piazza
© Matteo Piazza

The final effect is that of a building with a consistently different appearance. Opening and closing the internal panels, reveals/conceals life inside the hotel and animates the opaque second façade. This effect is enhanced at night as guests turn on the lights in their rooms.

© Matteo Piazza
© Matteo Piazza

The upper storeys of the building are progressively carved out to give way for a lone steel structure that abandons any prismatic form as its transforms into a ziggurat. Here we find the suites, each with a private terrace, and the skybar.

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Project location

Address: ulitsa "Tsar Osvoboditel", улица „Цар Освободител“, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Sense Hotel / Lazzarini Pickering Architetti" 04 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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