The project is an intervention of central Bucharest’s historic area. It is within an environment with incredible architectural values dating back to the beginning of the 20th century and the interwar period. The design of this residential area has definite principles and rigorous rules. And, this particular architecture cannot be found in other areas of Bucharest since its formation. This is the reason why this area become one of the most representative one in the city. And it’s a well-maintain area until 10-15 years ago.
‘Recent gestures, like demolition, modification, construction of new buildings, have partly put into the shade the elegance and nobility which used to be the defining features of this area and which we have tried to maintain as our most important references.’
‘Our main concern was, therefore, to respect a certain stature of this place. By stature we understand both the physical presence of a new building and also what we appreciated that living here must imply.’
In the end, the urban villa has only a few large apartments. It include generous interior and exterior spaces. And also, a technologically very well-equipped, to the very high standard of the whole project.
To cover the whole building the team choose limestone to give it a monolithic but luminous look. They also designing the detail of the facade; corner details, vertical and horizontal edges etc., – to show that it’s just a stone facade, a light coat, and not a massive structural setup. A variety of scales windows and loggias cutting allowed some degree and types of relation between the interior space and the street, or the surroundings.