Client: Forte Partners
Project duration: 2014-2017
Gross area: 1800 m²
The building occupies one of the few remaining lots in an old neighborhood of historical and architectural value in the central area of Bucharest.
The space-structure gives the urban presence of the proposed building a weight that counterbalances the extent of the glazed surfaces, while the retraction of the central span and the asymmetry of the cornice are aimed at dividing the house into two volumes closer to the neighboring scale.
The deep windows and loggias are read as substractions from the massive stone volume. The house structure is dematerialized vertically - the floors are gradually withdrawn and the windows are enlarged, the lateral structural walls being perforated to the limit of resistance. Gravitational force is transmitted in a continuous structural system, and the facade expresses this structural logic through the stereotomy of stone.
The side spans are intended for dwelling and the narrower central one accommodates the stairway. The 7 apartments benefit from beautiful urban panoramas, which become part of the interior, while the dwelling leaves the street see through wide windows, enriching the urban experience. Glass acts as a filter between the public and the private, through which content and contender continually change their roles, enriching each other.