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din România

CASE
Cele 16 noi proiecte de case grupate aici reprezint`
un barometru, sau mai degrab` o radiografie
par]ial` a arhitecturii de factur` contemporan`
practicat` de birourile/arhitec]ii de prima mân` din
România. Citit` \n sensul acesta, cartea ne spune,
pe scurt, c` am ajuns s` avem, \ntr-un volum ceva
mai mic [i cu diferen]ele specifice inerente, o arhi-
tectur` domestic` acordat` celei din ]`ri mult mai
avansate pe drumul utiliz`rii civilizate a arhitecturii.
Ne permitem s` sper`m c` func]iile acestei c`r]i ar
putea fi m`car dou`. Prima dintre ele r`mâne cea
utilitar`, de instrument orientat c`tre nevoia con-
cret` de a alege un arhitect/un tip de arhitectur`
pentru o locuin]` sau de a se informa asupra arhi-
tecturii domestice \n România zilei de azi. Cea de-a
doua func]ie, mai pu]in direct` [i imediat`, dar de a
c`rei importan]` suntem tot mai convin[i, este con-

igloobest l case din românia 3


tribu]ia, pe teritoriul mental al României, la
redefinirea arhitecturii drept fapt cultural.

The 16 new residence projects grouped here


represent a barometer, or rather a partial X-ray
of well-made contemporary architecture done
by first-hand studios/architects from Romania.
Read in this manner, the book will testify, in
short, to our having acquired, in less significant
numbers and accompanied by the inherent local
distinctive traits, a domestic architecture that is
in tune to what is being designed in countries
far more advanced down the road of civilized
use of architecture.
We will allow ourselves to hope that this book
may serve at least two functions. The first would
be a rather utilitarian one – that of instrument
pointed towards the concrete need to choose
an architect/type of architecture for a home, or
to inform the public as to Romanian domestic
architecture today. The second function, less
direct and immediate, but of whose importance
we are more and more convinced, is that of
contributing, in the mental territory of our coun-
try, to the redefinition of architecture as cultural
fact.

igloobest
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CASE
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din România
Houses from Romania
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Board editorial / Editorial Board: Bruno Andre[oiu, Adrian Cioc`zanu


Coordonator proiect editorial / Project coordinator: Viorica Buic`
Texte / Texts: Viorica Buic`, Laura Li]canu, Ana Diaconu, Catrinel Panaite, Luiza Hanc
Traducere / English version: Anca Rotar, Smaranda Nicolau
Fotografii / Photos: {erban Bonciocat, Cosmin Dragomir, Andrei M`rgulescu, Peter Marx
Fotografie copert` / Cover photo: Andrei Creang`
Concept grafic / Graphic design concept: Corina Gabriela Duma
Paginare / Graphic design: Mihai Ene
Procesare imagine, DTP / Image Editing, DTP: Cristian David, {erban Bonciocat
Corectur` / Text editing: Andreea Amzoiu
Tip`rit la/ Printed by Masterprint SuperOffset
Bucure[ti, © igloomedia, 2010

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Igloo, 2010
ISBN 978-606-8026-07-7
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Case din România


Houses from Romania
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l Sumar l case din românia 3 l igloo best l 8_9


l Bruno Andre[oiul case din românia al treilea l prefa]` 11_11

l Bogdan Babici l casa D., bucure[ti 12_21

l igloo architecture l casa NT1, buz`u 22_31

l {tefan Bianco l casa A., bucure[ti 32_41

l AAU & Estudio l casa S., cluj 42_51

l Corvin Cristian l casa larix, snagov 52_61

l Cristian Ghi]`u & Marcel Bor]un l casa kish, bucure[ti 62_73

l Radu Teac` l cas` pe strada g. georgescu, bucure[ti 74_83

l igloo design & arhi dot design l casa SN, bucure[ti 84_95

l R`zvan-Ion Dracea l casa TC, bra[ov 96_105

l Carolin Iv`nescu l casa C,. olimp 106_117

l Eduard Chi[ l casa 3PE, bucure[ti 118_125

l George B`lan l casa T., breaza 126_135

l Petre Baraba[ l casa tortuga, olimp 136_145

l SYAA l casa N., bucure[ti 146_153

l Radu Teac` l cas` pe strada miroslavei, bucure[ti 154_161

l 3T Birou de Arhitectur` l casa R., bucure[ti 162_171


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Case din România al treilea
Houses of Romania the Third
Yes, true, we’re in the middle of an economic crisis, one
whose consequences are severe in the domain that this
book serves, and we have dynastic titles. Well, what can
we do if this is just the way things are and the igloobest
Da, bine, e criz`, se simte al naibii de tare \n domeniul pe care family has just acquired its sixth member, third in the
[i aceast` carte \l sluje[te, iar noi avem titluri dinastice. Ce s` Houses subspecies? Could it be a sign of economic
facem \ns` dac` a[a st` treaba [i familia igloobest a ajuns la comeback? I’m afraid this is not the purpose, nor the
membrul cu num`rul [ase [i al treilea din subspecia caselor? manner in which this book can be judged.
O fi vreun semn de relansare economic`? Mi-e team` c` nu I will stay within the area that is our consecrated interest
acesta e scopul [i nici modul \n care aceast` carte poate fi – architecture, and from here make some observations.
It is obvious for anyone who’s leafed through the other
judecat`.
two volumes in the series – Houses of Romania 1 and 2,
A[ r`mâne de aceea \n zona strict circumscris` interesului
that our selection is explicitly targeted towards an archi-
nostru, recte arhitectura, [i a[ face câteva observa]ii. Este evi-
tecture of the present. Traditional frames and lofts are
dent pentru oricine a parcurs [i celelalte dou` volume din meekly represented, and when they do come up, they
serie, anume Case din România 1 [i 2, c` op]iunile noastre are either part of a contemporary discourse, or they
sunt explicit \ndreptate c`tre o arhitectur` a timpului prezent. serve the correct integration of the construction into a
{arpantele tradi]ionale [i mansardele sunt slab reprezentate, particular context. Thus, our selection methods do not
iar acolo unde apar, sunt fie parte a unui discurs actual, fie stray all that much, in terms of architecture, from those
slujesc integr`rii corecte \ntr-un context anume. Astfel, to be found in (serious) albums dealing with the same
selec]iile operate de noi nu difer` prea mult, ca tip de arhi- theme anywhere in the civilized world. Distinctive traits
tectur`, de cele pe care le putem g`si \n albumele (serioase) specific to our area are harder and harder to come by,
de case din orice col] de lume civilizat`. Eventualele diferen]e and even the few traditional differences (quality of exe-
specifice sunt tot mai greu de g`sit, [i chiar cele cândva cution, edgy materials, budgets) have started to be less
tradi]ionale (calitatea execu]iei, utilizarea materialelor de visible. It is obvious that our selection does not represent
ultim` or`, dimensiunea bugetelor) au \nceput s` se a barometer of the general state of Romanian residential
atenueze. Este \ns` evident c` selec]ia noastr` nu reprezint` architecture (just lift up your gaze for a second and look
un barometru al st`rii generale a arhitecturii caselor din out the window...), far be it from us to put forth such
România (ridica]i o secund` ochii din carte [i privi]i pe pretenses. The 16 residence projects grouped here do,
however, represent a barometer, or rather a partial X-ray
geam…), departe de noi [i de con]inutul c`r]ii o asemenea
of well-made contemporary architecture done by first-
inten]ie. Cele 16 proiecte de case grupate aici reprezint`
hand studios/architects. Read in this manner, the book
totu[i un barometru, sau mai degrab` o radiografie par]ial` a
will testify, in short, to our having acquired, in less signi-
arhitecturii de factur` contemporan` practicat` de birourile/ ficant numbers and accompanied by the aforementioned
arhitec]ii de prima mân`. Citit` \n sensul acesta, cartea ne local distinctive traits, a domestic architecture that is in
spune, pe scurt, c` am ajuns s` avem, \ntr-un volum ceva mai tune to what is being designed in countries far more
mic [i cu diferen]ele specifice mai sus-men]ionate, o arhitec- advanced down the road of civilized use of architecture.
tur` domestic` acordat` celei din ]`ri mult mai avansate pe Thus, I will allow myself to hope that this book may serve
drumul utiliz`rii civilizate a arhitecturii. at least two functions. The first would be a rather utilita-
Astfel, \mi permit s` sper c` func]iile acestei c`r]i ar putea fi rian one – that of instrument pointed towards the
m`car dou`. Prima dintre ele r`mâne cea utilitar`, de instru- concrete need to choose an architect/type of architec-
ment orientat c`tre nevoia concret` de a alege un arhitect/ ture for a home, or to inform the public as to Romanian
un tip de arhitectur` pentru o locuin]` sau de a se informa domestic architecture today. The second function, less
asupra arhitecturii domestice \n România zilei de azi. Cea direct and immediate, but of whose importance I am
de-a doua func]ie, mai pu]in direct` [i imediat`, dar de a more and more convinced, is that of contributing, in the
c`rei importan]` sunt tot mai convins, este contribu]ia, pe mental territory of our country, to the redefinition of
teritoriul mental al României, la redefinirea arhitecturii drept architecture as cultural fact. Should the quest fail to
fapt cultural. F`r` recuperarea acestui adev`r obnubilat de recover this truth, a truth obstructed in times as murky as
vremuri tulburi, nu putem spera \n [ansa arhitecturii de cali- our own, we may not hope for quality architecture, as its
existence is equally dependent on the skill of the archi-
tate, a c`rei apari]ie este datorat` \n egal` m`sur` priceperii
tect and the understanding of the commissioner.
arhitectului [i \n]elegerii comanditarului.
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Casa D.
D. House

Volumetria acestei locuin]e premiate la Anuala de Arhitectur` The volume of this house, awarded First Prize at the 2010
Bucure[ti 2010 este una dintre cele mai simple: un corp plin Bucharest Architecture Annual, is as simple as can be: a full
alb din care sunt decupate patru col]uri, diametral opuse white body with four corners cut out of it, each pair of them
dou` câte dou`. Consolele albe, precum [i consecven]a cu diametrically opposed to the other. However, the white con-
care este respectat principiul plin-gol induc \ns` o anumit` soles, as well as the consistency proven by the architects in
tensiune psihologic`, individualizând locuirea. Singurele vi- respecting the principle of full vs. hollow, provide a source of
traje de mari dimensiuni sunt dispuse pe fa]adele sec]ionate psychological tension. The original touch resides in the use of
ale volumului, iar nota de inedit a casei vine din utilizarea circular hollows of random dimensions, placed in groups in
golurilor rotunde de dimensiuni aleatorii, amplasate \n various areas of the full volume. Whether it's the windows (in
grupuri, \n diferite zone ale plinului. Fie c` este vorba de the bedroom and along the halls) or the lighting areas of the
ferestre (\n dormitor [i pe holuri) sau de zone de iluminat \n ceilings, the rounded hollows are a dynamic, playful presence,
plafon, golurile circulare sunt o prezen]` vesel` [i dinamic`, resembling air bubbles that have stopped for a moment on one
sem`nând cu ni[te bule de aer care s-au oprit pentru o clip` or another of the walls. Furthermore, on the inside, these
pe unul sau altul dintre pere]i. Mai mult, la interior, aceste hollows directly connect to the lighting units, framed by a
goluri sunt \n dialog direct cu corpurile de iluminat, \ncadrate translucid contour.
de un contur translucid. The interior resumes, at a smaller scale, the general theme of
Interiorul reia la scar` redus` tema decupajelor \n volume cut-outs inside white volumes and of suspended console units.
albe [i a corpurilor suspendate \n consol`. Decalajele de The half-level differences between the front and back of the
jum`tate de nivel \ntre partea anterioar` [i cea posterioar` a building thus create interesting perspectives, especially around
cl`dirii se traduc astfel prin perspective interesante, mai ales the area of the “level breech”, emphasized by the spectacular,
\n zona ruperii de nivel, poten]ate de iluminarea spectacu- uneven lighting: either zenithal, perimetral – through large
loas` [i inegal`: zenital`, perimetral` prin vitraje de mari glazings –, or local – through circular portholes.
dimensiuni, respectiv local`, prin hublourile rotunde. The external design follows the overall line of simplicity through
Amenajarea exterioar` urm`re[te linia general` simpl` prin exposing the vast, continuous lawn surface in the back yard,
expunerea unor suprafe]e vaste [i continue de gazon \n alternatively with the large cobblestones in the front yard.
curtea din spate, alternate cu lastre mari din piatr` \n gr`dina These same cobblestones morph into an external stairway, as
din fa]`. Acelea[i lastre se transform` \n trepte exterioare, part of a gentle sloping alley that leads visitors toward the
parte a unor alei cu pant` lin` ce conduc pa[ii c`tre cele house’s two entrances: one in the living room and the other in
dou` intr`ri: \n living [i \n hobby room. the hobby room.

Proiect / Project
Tecon, arhitec]i/architects: Bogdan Babici, Bogdan
Brandiburg
Perioada de execu]ie / Building Period 2008-2010
Suprafa]a terenului / Site area 280 mp
Suprafa]a construit` / Built area 135 mp
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Casa A.
A. House

Exigen]i fa]` de calitatea locuirii, proprietarii [i-au dorit o cas` Abiding by very high standards concerning the quality of living,
modern`, \n linii minimaliste [i cu deschideri mari c`tre the owners wished for a modernistic house, with minimalist
exterior, dar care s` respecte [i anumite constrângeri formale lines and generous openings toward the outside, that would, at
generale ale cartierului \n care se afla situl (acoperi[ cu the same time, respect the general formal constraints of the
[arpant`, retragere de la strad`). O alt` cerin]` exprimat` clar neighborhood where the site is located (sloping roof, retreat
fa]` de arhitect, care a modelat substan]ial volumul general al from the street front). Another request made clear to the archi-
casei, a fost existen]a unui spa]iu de zi relativ independent, tect – which ended up substantially shaping the house’s general
care s` poat` g`zdui petreceri cu prieteni, activit`]i de volume – was the existence of a relatively independent
relaxare etc. daytime area, where the owners could organize parties for
Pentru a valorifica structura terenului, generând totodat` o themselves and their friends, leisure activities, and so on.
suprafa]` semnificativ` de spa]iu verde, arhitectul a conceput In order to take full advantage of the site’s structure and to
casa ca o al`turare, simpl` [i concis`, de corpuri geometrice, generate a significant green area, the architect designed the
desf`[urate orizontal, cu propor]ii care se repet` tocmai pen- house as a simple and concise juxtaposition of geometric bo-
tru a oferi coeren]` [i unitate. Practic, exist` dou` corpuri a dies, disposed horizontally, with repeating proportions, thus
c`ror leg`tur` se realizeaz` printr-o „pasarel`” vitrat`: cel ensuring the coherence and unity of the ensemble. In fact,
principal – locuin]a propriu-zis` –, care cuprinde zona de zi, there are two volumes, connected through a glazed corridor:
diningul, buc`t`ria [i alte spa]ii anexe la parter, iar la etaj the main volume – the house itself, containing the daytime
dormitoarele, [i cel secundar, pentru entertainment, unde area, the dining room, kitchen and other appendages on the
g`sim un living extrem de spa]ios [i echipat corespunz`tor, ground floor, while the upper floor is occupied by the
precum [i alte spa]ii destinate relax`rii (saun`, spa, piscin`). bedrooms – and the secondary volume – whose main function
Pentru a accentua continuitatea spa]iilor [i rela]ia cu gr`dina, is entertainment. This area contains an extremely spacious and
nivelul parterului, cu zona de zi, se desf`[oar` \n ambele fully-equipped living room, as well as other spaces meant for
corpuri la aceea[i cot` cu gazonul. Doar „pasarela” de sticl` relaxation (a sauna, spa and pool). In order to emphasize the
a fost ridicat` mai mul]i centimetri de la sol, astfel \ncât continuity of the inside space and its relation to the garden, the
covorul de iarb` s` nu fie \ntrerupt [i cele dou` sectoare ale ground floor, which includes the daytime area, is situated at the
gr`dinii s` poat` comunica. exact same level as the lawn. The glass corridor alone was
elevated several inches from the ground level, in order not to
divide the “grass carpet”, thus ensuring a connection between
Proiect / Project the two sections of the garden.
arhitec]i/architects: {tefan Bianco, stud. Adrian Galu
Perioada de execu]ie / Building Period 2007-2009
Suprafa]a terenului / Site area 1 825 mp
Suprafa]a construit` / Built area 485 mp
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Casa T.
T. House

Amplasat` pe vårful unei coline, la intrarea \n comuna Talea Located on a hilltop, at the entrance to the village of Talea, the
(ora[ Breaza), locuin]a beneficiaz` de perspective panora- house enjoys spectacular panoramic views, due to the absence
mice deosebite, nefragmentate de prezen]a altor construc]ii of other buildings in the immediate vicinity. The architectural
\n imediata vecin`tate. Conceptul arhitectural a \ncercat s` project was designed to emphasize the natural setting, the
pun` \n valoare tocmai acest cadru natural, optåndu-se authors opting for a compact volume, with a built surface of
pentru o volumetrie compact`, cu suprafa]a construit` de only 90 sqm.
numai 90 mp. Materialele de finisaj alese sunt autohtone The finishing materials employed here are local (wood and
(piatr` [i lemn), inser]ia \n sit fiind cu atåt mai discret`. Piatra stone), making the architectural intervention the more discreet.
a fost achizi]ionat` de la localnicii comercian]i [i aminte[te de The stone was bought from local merchants and was employed
modul de stivuire folosit de ace[tia pentru a expune marfa in a way that reminisces the way they pile up their merchandise
spre vånzare. Umbrele l`sate de riflajul de lemn (montat la in order to advertise it. The shadows cast by the wooden
distan]` de perete) subliniaz` direc]ia orizontal` a compozi]iei scaffolding (which is set apart from the wall) emphasize the
fa]adei principale. horizontal direction of the main façade’s composition.
De[i simpl`, cl`direa nu este deloc banal`: prezint` o Despite its simplicity, the building is nowhere near ordinary: it
dinamic` aparte conferit` de subvolumul placat cu piatr` is dynamic in its own way, due to the presence of the
(care „iese” \n prim-plan), dar [i de micile decro[uri sau secondary volume that emerges in the foreground and is
decupaje de diferite dimensiuni. Scara interioar`, \ntr-o coated in stone, but also to the small openings and cut-outs of
singur` ramp`, este marcat` la exterior prin deta[area varying dimensions. The indoor staircase, with a single incline,
peretelui nordic \n care sunt \ncastrate treptele. is marked on the façade through the detachment of the
Aleea din dale de piatr` „\nierbate” marcheaz` accesul \n northern wall, in which the rebates are fixed. The stone slab
cl`dire, ale c`rei spa]ii interioare se dezvolt` pe dou` niveluri: alleyway, overgrown with grass, marks the access inside the
la parter zona de zi [i un dormitor, iar la etaj zona de noapte, building, whose interiors are developped on two levels: the
cu alte trei dormitoare, o baie cu du[ [i dormitorul matrimo- daytime area and one bedroom on the ground floor, the first
nial cu cad`, grup sanitar [i acces spre teras`. Pentru un floor being reserved for the nighttime area. The latter consists
confort sporit, spa]iile cu func]iuni diferite pot fi accesate of three more bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower cabin and
separat (din hol sau direct din exterior). Zona de living, the marital bedroom with a bathtub, bathroom facilities and
delimitat` prin schimbarea finisajului (\ntreruperea parchetu- direct access to the terrace. In order to increase the comfort
lui, realizarea unei scafe \n tavan) se concentreaz` \n jurul level, the spaces hosting specific functions may be accessed
[emineului placat cu acela[i tip de piatr` „stivuit`”. separately (from the hall or directly from outside). The living
room area, marked off through the change in finishing (the
“breaking off” of the parquet, the soffit on the ceiling)
Proiect / Project converges towards the fireplace, coated, at its turn, in
arhitect/architect: George B`lan “piled-up” stone.
Perioada de execu]ie / Building Period 2007-2008
Suprafa]a terenului / Site area 1 050 mp
Suprafa]a construit` / Built area 90 mp
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din România

CASE
Cele 16 noi proiecte de case grupate aici reprezint`
un barometru, sau mai degrab` o radiografie
par]ial` a arhitecturii de factur` contemporan`
practicat` de birourile/arhitec]ii de prima mân` din
România. Citit` \n sensul acesta, cartea ne spune,
pe scurt, c` am ajuns s` avem, \ntr-un volum ceva
mai mic [i cu diferen]ele specifice inerente, o arhi-
tectur` domestic` acordat` celei din ]`ri mult mai
avansate pe drumul utiliz`rii civilizate a arhitecturii.
Ne permitem s` sper`m c` func]iile acestei c`r]i ar
putea fi m`car dou`. Prima dintre ele r`mâne cea
utilitar`, de instrument orientat c`tre nevoia con-
cret` de a alege un arhitect/un tip de arhitectur`
pentru o locuin]` sau de a se informa asupra arhi-
tecturii domestice \n România zilei de azi. Cea de-a
doua func]ie, mai pu]in direct` [i imediat`, dar de a
c`rei importan]` suntem tot mai convin[i, este con-

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tribu]ia, pe teritoriul mental al României, la
redefinirea arhitecturii drept fapt cultural.

The 16 new residence projects grouped here


represent a barometer, or rather a partial X-ray
of well-made contemporary architecture done
by first-hand studios/architects from Romania.
Read in this manner, the book will testify, in
short, to our having acquired, in less significant
numbers and accompanied by the inherent local
distinctive traits, a domestic architecture that is
in tune to what is being designed in countries
far more advanced down the road of civilized
use of architecture.
We will allow ourselves to hope that this book
may serve at least two functions. The first would
be a rather utilitarian one – that of instrument
pointed towards the concrete need to choose
an architect/type of architecture for a home, or
to inform the public as to Romanian domestic
architecture today. The second function, less
direct and immediate, but of whose importance
we are more and more convinced, is that of
contributing, in the mental territory of our coun-
try, to the redefinition of architecture as cultural
fact.

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