Anglo American School of Sofia

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Clients Location

Sofia, Bulgaria


51,677 sf

Category Sustainability Features
  • •LEED Gold Certification

Energy Use Itensity

Baseline: 75 kBtu/ft2/yr
Target: 40.5 kBtu/ft2/yr

  • LEED Gold Certification

  • Outstanding Design Award for a Combined Level School by American School and University

  • Bulgaria’s Design Awards – Building of the Year

  • AIA VT Excellence in Architecture Design – Peers’ Choice Award

  • AIA VT Excellence in Architecture Design – Merit Award

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A School’s New Visual and Performing Arts Center

The Anglo American School of Sofia is a K-12 international school located in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Our design studio worked with the school leadership team, staff, and students to develop the 2017 master plan as well as design the new Visual and Performing Arts Center.  The new arts center addresses the need for the school to have a dedicated facility reflecting the vision of a growing visual and performing arts program.  The project provides a state of the art 350 seat main stage theater, a 100 seat black box theater, theater support spaces, a choir room, band room and three practice rooms, two visual arts classrooms, digital arts classrooms and green rooms, an innovative maker space, visitors’ center, and marketing and communication offices.

The project received LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC for its many green design strategies including:  1. A new 150cm cistern that captures storm water from the parking areas and roof as well as gray water from the sinks that is then used for flushing  2. Bioswales to assist with water drainage from parking and previous pavers at every parking space  3. Zero scaping  4. Treating all waste water on site since there is no municipal hook up in the area  5. Biomass/pellet boiler system that uses agricultural waste materials for fuel for 100% of heating in the building  6. Solar panels for heating and hot water  7. FSC wood at windows, siding, soffits, roof brackets and theater seating.

"The arts center blends into (and enhances) our already stunning campus. The architect created an incredibly flexible educational facility that will enable the school to enhance our programs. As we watch the build, and witness the progress on a daily basis, I feel proud of the excitement now permeating our community after so much work behind the scenes. We can’t wait to bring the building to life!"

– Michael Merrick, K-12 Theater and Arts Coordinator