The idea for DOT Sofia originated from the wish to share our passions for architecture, design, art, and great food. Having experienced the beauty of authentic, local hospitality ourselves while traveling the world, we decided to create our own. With DOT Sofia we share our interpretation of a great urban experience in Sofia.
We are a small team, united by a passion for creating and sharing a great urban experience. DOT Sofia is our platform to share our love for hospitality, art, and food with you in a stunning architectural environment. Lydia Buranova is in charge of DOT Sofia Urban Residence (accommodation, venue hire), Alexander Gocev heads KOMAT Restaurant, and Vesselina Sarieva curates the DOT Sofia Art collection and cultural events.
DOT Sofia is located in the heart of old Sofia, only a few footsteps from the National Assembly, the Sveta Nedelya Church, the Banya Bashi Mosque, the Sofia Synagogue, the Central Market Hall, and of course the 'Women's Market' itself. This historic part of Sofia has been the home to trade and markets for centuries. Neglected for the past decades, it is now evolving into a multi-cultural melting pot. Along with many others, DOT Sofia aims at contributing to the rediscovery and evolution of this still hidden gem.
When we met Georgi and Viara from I/O architects, we knew it had to be them. There was an instant mutual understanding and vision for the project. And we love what we see now: DOT Sofia's iconic architecture is contextualized to the history of the neighbourhood. The facade of rusted sheet metal documents the gradually disappearing historic materiality of the neighborhood, and the system of opening shutters interprets the life of the pavilions and stands at the 'Women's Market'. The generous spaces inside are simple, minimalistic, furnished with locally designed and crafted interiors and select European design classics.
Join us for a dangerous NYE experience celebrating the transition to a new era in good old Mafia style. Your cosa will be nostra from 19:30 for as long as we will last.
On September 29 and 30, DOT Sofia "officially" opened to the public. Although we weren't quite ready yet, we felt it was time.
On September 15 - 17, the 8th edition of KvARTal Festival includes for the first time a location on the 'other side of Maria Luiza' - we are proud to represent our neighbourhood and invite all guests of the festival to come join us at DOT Sofia!
On October 29&30, 2021, we had our first glimpse of art at DOT Sofia - while the building was still under construction...