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Pagoda House by I/O Architects

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A house designed as a showcase for a classic car? Well, this home located on the slopes of the Vitosha Mountain near the Bulgarian capital Sofia is that… and much more! The newest project of the Bulgarian I/O Architects the Pagoda house: combines modern luxury with vintage art details and spacious spatial solutions. And although the owners classic car takes a special place in its glass garage – which also serves as an exhibition space; and the design stylistics of raw concrete and black aluminum framing throughout the house are inspired by the car’s design, the project of Viara Jeliazkova, Georgi Katov and Stefan Apostolov; also offers a warm, welcoming home spirit, functional luxury, and playful artistic elements.

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The house position offers panoramic views on both sides – one towards the mountain and one over the distant city, and that is in a rare combination of privacy and secluded garden spaces. The facade of the two-storey house entwines glass surfaces, black metal framing, and timber cladding in one continuous construct that extends into the interior as a material palette composition.

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The interior decor is composed of renowned furniture design pieces, simple but luxurious material palette and some intriguing pieces of contemporary art like the famous conceptual collage of Leonid Brezhnev by the Bulgarian artist Stanislav Belovski. The colors composing the decor are warm laid on a base of light wood and black surfaces with occasional splashes of color in pastel or bright blue, yellow or green tonalities. The premises of this contemporary house carry the feeling of dynamic open space, full with light and homey comfort, without being deprived of artistic and vintage charm.   Photography by Assen Emilov

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