Renovation of toilets in 5th Primary School Ivan Vazov

The building of Fifth Primary School Ivan Vazov in Pavlovo, Sofia was completed in 1949. It is a typical example of a mid-20th-century school building. The toilets in the school are located on each floor and are being used by pupils and teachers. Through the years they have been subject to many partial repairs with no projects and poorly funded. The result was right before our eyes: ugly toilets in disrepair, smelling bad and always leaky leading to high water consumption. 

We decided to reorganize the toilets thoroughly in order to meet the contemporary hygiene and security requirements and make them pleasant for the users. All partition walls were demolished to open up the space and eliminate the labyrinth of nooks and crannies, hard to clean and control. All toilet cubicles were reorganized to open directly to the main space with the sinks. The doors to the hall were removed for better security – in case of bullying anyone could call for help. A small storeroom for cleaning materials with a service sink was provided next to the sinks.

Colours are the main feature of the design. The ceiling height is quite big so it was necessary to lower it visually to make the space cosier for the children. That is why we also painted the ceilings in colour and installed pendant lamps. The coloured wall tiles reach the level of the door lintel thus structuring the space and making it more comfortable and comprehensible. 

As the toilets are used by children between 7 and 14 years of age, we installed sinks at different heights for everyone’s convenience. One cubicle on each floor is accessible for kids and teachers with disabilities.

  • Authors:
    Miroslav Velkov, Dessislava Kovacheva, Donika Georgieva
  • Collaborators:
    Nikolay Angelov/Aqua Design Studio (WSS), Nikola Angelov (structural engineer), Miroslav Yamakov (electrical engineer)
  • Year: 2021
  • Client: 5th Primary School Ivan Vazov, Sofia
  • Status: completed
  • Status:
    The project is part of the Sofia Chooses the Children initiative, organized by Denitsa Shiligarska and Ivelina Ivanova. The aim of the project is to change the conditions in the school toilets. The project was approved for funding by Sofia Municipality through public voting.
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