Capital Fort

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Capital Fort
Capital Fort Business Center in Sofia is an office building Class A. It is the first skyscraper in Sofia and the tallest building in Bulgaria. It has 28 floors and a surface area of 80,000 square metres
Capital Fort Business Center Sofia
General information
Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Coordinates 42°38′47″N 23°23′45″E / 42.6464°N 23.3958°E / 42.6464; 23.3958Coordinates: 42°38′47″N 23°23′45″E / 42.6464°N 23.3958°E / 42.6464; 23.3958
Construction started 2010
Opening November 2015
Cost EUR€60 million
Owner Variant Sofia Group
Height
Roof 126 m (413 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 28
Floor area 80,000 m2 (860,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Main contractor Fort Noks

Capital Fort Business Center is a Class A office building in Sofia. It is the tallest building in Bulgaria. It has 28 floors and a surface area of 80,000 square metres (860,000 sq ft). The building has two underground floors which serve as parking spaces for around 750 cars.[1] Other source [2] points out an architectural height of 126 m, but a roof height of 110 m, also 27 floors instead of 28.

Design and construction[edit]

The Concept Design of Capital Fort is done by WKK[citation needed] whilst working at Atkins. The local architect of record is "A&A Architects", Sofia, Bulgaria, who have worked on most of the Business Park Sofia buildings. Atkins is the architecture company behind Burj Al Arab in Dubai and as a result Capital Fort shares most of the external looks with its distinctive predecessor (itself completed in 1999). Capital Fort is developed by Fort Noks, the company behind 500 000 m² built-up area of Black Sea resort developments in the last decade.[3] Construction began on 29.01.2010 and building was topped out by 2012. Estimated value was between 60 and 80 million.

Interior[edit]

This mixed use building (Office, Retail & Conference Facility) comprises a high-rise office building and a L-shaped low-rise office building that both sit over a podium, which houses a wide range of retail and conference facilities, accessed through a grand atrium lobby.[4] Offices use 24 of building's floors. Superior equipment and installations include 12 high-speed lifts in the high body, advanced HVAC technology and a building management system, covering climate control, security, fire protection and safety.[3]

Class A[edit]

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) defines three categories of office buildings - namely Class A, Class B, and Class C. Since the number of parking spaces is 717,[3] Capital Fort does not cover the standard for a Class A office building.[5] Requirement is a parking space for each 100 m² of gross floor area (GFA) [6] The gross floor area of the building is 80 795 m²,[4] which requires 808 parking spaces for Class A - 91 more than the currently available ones. Other source[3] points out just 40 000 m² of (probable) GFA, since "efficient open-space" of 1 150 m² a floor (cited there as well) gives a total of 32 200 m², in which case Capital Fort covers Class A requirements, regarding parking spaces. The building is not purely an office one, having retail and conference functions as well.

Gallery[edit]

Evening view from WNW
View from NW, about 450 m away, along the boulevard's side road (15.01.2016).

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