A3 - Advanced Architecture Apartments

2. November 2017
Photo: 3 in Spirit (All images courtesy of v2com)

A3— Advanced Architecture Apartments are harmoniously incorporated into the context of their environment. Two starting points—the mountain and the city, set the overall architectural concept.

Project: A3—Advanced Architecture Apartments, 2017
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Client: Sofbuild
Architect: STARH
Contractor: Argogroup Exact
Manufacturers: fibreC by Rieder, Swisspearl, Reynaers Aluminium, Guardian Glass
Area: 31,218 m2

Photo: 3 in Spirit

The plot reserved for A3 is in the border area, where the city and the mountain overflow into one. Lines and clear borders are blurred in smooth and soft forms, allowing everyone to determine exactly where and how to perceive shape and space. Situated in one of the most contemporary areas of Sofia—Bulgaria Blvd., A3 is designed to be relevant, contextual and avant-garde. Some of the most modern and interesting buildings in Sofia are exactly here. On the other hand, a very dominant element of the environment is the mountain, peeking in the future building. The combination of these two powerful components results in a dynamic and modern shape of the building, without harming the function.

Photo: 3 in Spirit

It is divided into five volumes, linked in a common ensemble that defines its final shape. Each of the volumes is outlined with soft and elegant forms which let everyone associate them with their own imagination. It is easy to correlate the elements to five mountain peaks or a silhouette of a family with three children, but the deeper concept is to stimulate you define yourself as becoming involved with the building. To become the author of a new form, to be inspired.

Photo: 3 in Spirit

The creation of A3 flows from the inside to the outside, the design strictly follows the function, which is the approach the studio considers correct for residential building design. The uncompromising function complies fully with the investor program. There are straight orthogonal forms in the layout, which bring comfort and flexibility in the interior space organization. The 100-meter-long building is divided in 5 blocks (entrances) each with its own vertical communication. The first two sections — A and B — have two apartments on each floor, while V, G and D entrances - three apartments on each floor. The small number of apartments per floor increases the feeling of luxury living and provide more privacy. There are 158 dwellings in the building, each with excellent function and favorable geographical position. Every living room is situated east-southeast, richly glazed, facing Vitosha Mountain and the cityscape.

Photo: 3 in Spirit

The ground floor is designed for commercial use — shops with sizes from 50 to 100 square meters. Car parking is assured by two underground levels and the entire free aboveground area is planned for landscaping and recreation.

The design of A3 contains strict elegance and soft organic forms. The building is perceived equally well in the overall silhouette and from different angles. The feeling of elegance and sophistication is emphasized by the facade materials: glass and fibreC by Rieder. The glass is in two colors: transparent and Graffiti Lacobel.

Photo: 3 in Spirit
Photo: 3 in Spirit
Photo: 3 in Spirit
Photo: 3 in Spirit
Ground Floor Plan (Drawing: STARH)
Upper Floor Plan (Drawing: STARH)
Unit Plans (Drawing: STARH)
Section (Drawing: STARH)
Elevation (Drawing: STARH)

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