Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 6, 2019, No. 2

Architectural history of the Bulgarian Academy

of Sciences building

Stela Tasheva

Abstract. The article traces the history of the central building of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) as an architectural site. Comparisons are made with similar architectural constructions in Europe. The author examines the chronological stages of the project and construction work, studying data on specific architectural elements and analysing the style, function and features of construction.

The focus is on the contribution of architects and the specific (and novel for those periods) characteristics of the building’s typology. The aim of the article is to present an integral picture of the building’s architectural history in the context of the development of Bulgarian architecture in the early years of the 20th century.

Keywords: academic building, BAS, Sofia, architecture in the early 20th century