SENSE HOTEL SOFIA
16 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd
71 rooms & suites
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ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Architecture: Lazzarini Pickering Architetti
Design: Architectural Group Tzonkov Ltd.
When designing Sense Sofia with the architects at Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, owner George Chopev and his partners had a clear aim: to create a hotel that would be regarded as a new classic. This was made more difficult by the fact that the hotel would be located on Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, a street thatís home to some of Bulgariaís most important buildings, including the countryís National Assembly. But by creating an innovative structure thatís sensitive to its surroundings, yet still daringly different, Chopev and the team achieved their goal.
From the outside, Sense Sofia resembles a grid of golden-orange squares, marked out by thick lines and set behind a glass screen. If you think you notice its appearance changing throughout the day, donít worry; it probably is. A system of pivoting panels is hidden behind the faÁade to screen off the bedrooms, and when combined with Lutron mood lighting, they create continuously changing configurations that seem to shimmer and dance across the face of the building.
Another of Chopevís and his partnerís aims was to make public spaces that would appeal to locals as much as the hotelís guests. For this he called upon Architectural Group Tzonkov, whose designers took care of Sense Sofiaís spacious interiors. In the hotelís restaurant, with 60 indoor seats and a summer terrace, they mixed masculine colors with soft, tactile fabrics. And in the relaxing rooftop bar, which has an open-air terrace from April to October, they arranged sofas to make the best of the views over Sofiaís skyline.
Aside from the brass window shutters that give the faÁade its unique appearance, bedrooms have been designed with mainly natural materials. Floors are fitted with warm wooden parquet and doors and walls with leather upholstery. However, whenever comfort and style demand, manmade materials are used instead. Bathrooms, for example, feature Corian sinks and baths, and the swimming pools and hot tubs in the spa center are made from stainless steel.
Throughout Sense Sofia, public spaces are designed to feel organic and clean, with clear lines, natural daylight and a constant sense of purity. There are indulgent wooden walls everywhere (including the boardroom and theater-style meeting room as well as the spa) but itís glass thatís used most frequently Ė maintaining a sense of connectedness between individual areas and allowing guests to enjoy views out beyond the St Alexander Nevski Cathedral.