architecture: public buildings

Institut Francais on Slaveikov place

Sofia, Bulgaria

Description: Renovation of the French Cultural Center - Slaveikov square
Surface: 1 900m²
Client: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Conception: 2011
Completion: 2013
Award: First prize

Stefan Dobrev architecture & design EOOD and Tzvetelina Dobreva associate

The Alliance Française old building, located on Slaveikov square in the heart of Sofia is renovated and refurbished in order to accommodate all the services of the French Institute. The first two levels are open to the general public and include the reception and information areas, a media library, a bookstore, a cafeteria and a large multipurpose room. The three upper floors accommodate classrooms and the last two levels are those of the administration. The interior design is guided by criteria of quality and durability, a contemporary aesthetic in harmony with the existing historic and consistent with the image of France wishing to be portrayed.