The Sense Hotel located on the Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard in Sofia, Bulgaria is a contemporary refurbishment of a historical building done by the Lazzarini Pickering Architetti practice to create a dialogue with the surroundings while also offering an innovative design.
The base of the hotel is the only area where stone is the predominant material and it is the element that connects the structure to the neighboring buildings. The rest of the façade is truly contemporary in style with a glazed surface interrupted by a metal grid to create the pattern of the windows and fixed panels that alternate with the operable rectangular windows that offer a way of naturally ventilating the interior.
The second façade is composed of several opaque panels that can modulate the relation to the outdoors and their golden yellow tone is homage to the domes of the Alexsander Nevsky Cathedral nearby. The upper floors become closer to the look of a ziggurat and here is where the suites are located with their private terraces and the skybar on top.