Located on the ground floor of one of Sofia's busiest shopping pedestrian streets - Vitosha boulevard - the small front office of Bulgarian travel agency Astral Holidays is a calm and soothing oasis for people to choose their dreamed vacation destination. The all black interior offers a welcoming and peaceful environment to the potential travellers and is visible directly from the opposite side of the street where the park of the National Palace of Culture starts. The project preserves the large existing window to the street in order to maximize the intake of natural light and make the daily interior routine visible and open to the public, while underlining the connection between the two interior levels hosting the visitor and staff areas.
The first floor features a reception desk, a waiting lounge and four workstations where one gets offered their best suited vacation opportunity. The bespoke reception desk, which also serves as a cashier's desk, protrudes dramatically from an exposed brick column which has been preserved in its natural state. The workstations are made out of plywood to match the style of the visitors' chairs - the ash and plywood 4th Armchair by Almost. A rather over-sized staircase leads to the mezzanine level where four other workstations and the branch manager's desk are situated.
Photography: Assen Emilov