Sofia Airport Center

CompanyCigler Marani Architects,a.s.
ClientMarani Cigler
Prize2nd Place in Architecture Categories / New Commercial Building
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Entry Description

Sofia Airport Center (SAC) consists of 180,000 square meters (1.8-million square feet) of Class A office space and 28,000 square meters (300,000 square-feet) of logistics and warehouse space, which is 100 percent occupied. Logistics facilities, which are located in three separate structures, offer office space and feature state-of-the-art security and safety systems. Future plans call for a high-quality, 175- room hotel with recreational, dining and conference facilities, as well as additional logistics and office space. SAC is Bulgaria's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) commercial development. SAC incorporates environmentally friendly materials with state-of-the-art technologies to reduce operating costs as much as 30% and provide a comfortable, healthy environment for employees, which leads to a reduction in morbidity among them up to 35 %. Sustainable features include an energy-efficient VAV HVAC system, controlled by an automated building management system - BMS; advanced fiber optics; abundant natural light through open atriums and double-gazed windows; and solar shading on building exteriors to reduce heat and solar gain. The site is an outdoor showcase, providing a 5,000- square- meter park environment of lush landscaping and winter gardens with water features and outdoor seating, as well as open recreational space, which includes walking trails and a central lake.

About Designer

Cigler Marani Architects a.s. (CMA) is an architectural studio, which started its activities in November 2001. It was founded by the Czech architect Jakub Cigler together with the American architect Vincent Marani. While Jakub Cigler has brought a creative experience of working in the domestic and international architectural scene to the company, Vincent Marani´s contribution consisted in the long-term experiences in the technical management of a number of projects in the contemporary American and European architecture. Immediately after its establishment, CMA placed itself among the leading Czech companies engaging in progressive architecture. The studio has won several awards for its work, both at home and abroad (including Dušan Jurkovič Award, the most important prize awarded in Slovakia), and has been one of the founding members of the Association of the Czech Green Building Council. They have succeeded with their works and projects in architectural competitions and have been regularly presented in professional journals. CMA has had a broad scope of design activities focusing on various types of architecture: residential buildings, office buildings, as well as shopping centres and hotels. They manage construction of new buildings and renovations. With each project CMA also deals with cultivating the public space and improving urbanism in the specific area. CMA architecture is based on the well-arranged forms, on a continuing dialogue between the inner and outer space and on a significant transparency which brings a natural light into the interior. At the same time, each building is supplemented with the green space. A subsidiary architecture company OOO CMA located in Moscow was established in November 2011 in response to the growing construction demand in the Russian Federation. OOO CMA has been currently preparing 4 large urban projects in the Moscow region, directly in the developing part of Moscow.