Center for the Blind
The Old and The New
The Space of Faith
Arts & Learning Center
The Close - the in-between space
Inspiration Hostel Competition
City Beautification Workshop
Date: Spring 2018, 4th Year, U.A.U.I.M. Location: Popa Soare and Stefan Mihaileanu Street, Bucharest Type: Center for Visually Impaired Team member: Andra Bacioiu
Situated at the intersection of 2 streets, Stefan Mihaileanu which goes to Foisorul de Foc and Popa Soatre, which goes to The School for Visually Impaired, the project proposes an unconventional program, rearly found in Romania: a center for visually impaired and blind people. Our aim was to combine two types of spaces, one for learning and the other for leisure, which can also be seen in the spatial configuration. The learning area has a studio for artistic abilities development, a library with books written in Braille, a space where blind people can learn how to do massage and a greenhouse where their other sense can be stimulated and they can work with plants.
The leisure area contains a coffee shop, a canteen and temporary accommodation. On the exterior, the most notable feature is the portico, which recreates the link between the two streets and divides the courtyard into two gardens, a mineral and a vegetal one. The motif of vegetation is found also on the facade, where a skeleton full of plants covers the building. We wanted to create in our project a place where blind people could feel at ease and through the use of vegetation and texture to stimulated their senses.
Foisorul de Foc 600 m - 8 minutes We chose this site due to its proximity to the School for Visually Impaired and Foisorul de Foc, a place easy reachable by public transportation. Moreover, the site is accessible from two streets, Popa Soare and Stefan Mihaileanu, which are not so crowded as the main boulevards of the city.
The School for Visually Impaired 300 m - 4 minutes
1. Trees - to reduce the air pollution 2. Hedge - to prevent cars from parking 3. Lines texture - for direction Go!
Car speed reduction
Smooth surface for sidewalk
4. Pavement surface - smooth and without obstacles
1 2 3 4 Street design
Library for the Blind Vatra Luminoasa - Regina Elisabeta School for Blind People School for Visually Impaired
The chosen site was formed by incorporating two former smaller plots. Previously, the site was crossed by a street linking Popa Soare and Stefan Mihaileanu Streets. Using the idea of a portico, we intended to recreate this connection between the streets. 1911
The orientation to two streets creates a sense of duality. This duality can be sensed also in our project. We created 2 courtyards, one treated with mineral textures, the other one being full of vegetation. In terms of function, the volume is divided into a part used for learning and another for leisure activities.
The portico - the connection
Learning Two streets - duality
The interior space is unfolding along a corridor, which crosses the building from one end to the other. The corridor has directional textures on both the floor and the walls, panels with Braille writing help the blind people to know where they are. Other elements of orientation are the corners of this corridor.
Two different gardens
Two different types of activities
Texture for direction The corridor and the corners
1. Reception, Lobby 2. Coffee shop 3. Storage 4. The portico 5. Multipurpose hall 6. Tactile exhibition 7. Storage 8. Seating
Ground floor plan 1. Dish washing 2. Canteen kitchen 3. Storage 4. Employees dining room 5. Canteen 6. Corridor 7. Classrooms 8. Teachers office 9. Seating 10. Terrace 11. Library
First floor plan
Stefan Mihaileanu Street elevation
1. Common Space 2. Accommodation rooms 3. Terrace 4. Corridor 5. Administrative office 6. Massage therapy school 7. Psychological counseling 8. Seating 9. Therapeutic massage room 10. Greenhouse
Second floor plan 1. Greenhouse 2. Green roof 3. Terrace 4. Double height greenhouse
Third floor plan
Popa Soare Street elevation
Detail vertical section Scale 1:5
Detail vertical section Scale 1:20
Detail horizontal section Scale 1:5
The Old and The New Date: Spring 2017, 3rd Year, U.A.U.I.M. Location: Calea Mosilor, Bucharest Type: Co-working space & Commerce
The two adjacent sites proposed for the 6th semester’s project are located on Calea Mosilor, an old commercial street on the center of Bucharest. The main task for this project was to determine an architectural program which could fit in the context of this street. Calea Mosilor used to be a magnet for public life; its 2-storey row houses hosted small stores or workshops on the ground floor and the owners’ living spaces on the upper one. Nowadays, many of these houses are left in ruins and abusively occupied. The street’s animated atmosphere has diminished over the years.
My aim for this project was to revitalize this area, creating a new focal point - a hub - a space for people coming from creative fields, where they could collaborate in the co-working area or work individually in their own office. In relation to this hub, on the other site, I proposed a reinterpretation of the commercial passage, connecting Calea Mosilor with Parintele Staniloaie Street. Some small shops surround a central courtyard, which acts as a link between the two streets.
1. THE EXISTING CONTEXT
2. STREET FRONT ALIGNMENT
3. FILL SITE
5. CONNECT WITH THE STREET
6. FLUIDITY OF SPACE
Ground floor plan
First floor plan
COMMUNITY LIVING Date: Spring 2016, 2nd Year, U.A.U.I.M. Location: Straulesti, Bucharest Type: Individual housing Team member: Iulia Vlad
The project on the fourth semester of study explores the relationship between the house, seen as the center of our lives, and the community, which represents the link with other people. We were asked to design a group of houses for 9 families on a 2670 sqm site, situated on Straulesti, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Bucharest. Our project investigates the idea of a permeable limit, which protects the inhabitants without cutting the connection with the neighbors. At the center of the project ( both spatially and metaphorically) stays a communal courtyard, that can be used by all 9 families. The central courtyard is surrounded and protected by the 9 houses.
Some passages connect this common space with the exterior, representing the transition between the private and public realm. Beside this communal courtyard, every family has its own private garden in front of the house, facing the street. The 9 houses are connected with the neighborhood through public facilities: a coffee shop, a small store and a gym. The scale of the whole assembly is broken through a fragmentation on the horizontal and vertical plane. In this way, the project is carefully integrated into the fragmented and smallscaled exiting context. Using the same exterior finishing material - the exposed brick - a visual unity is provided to the volume.
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1. FILL The first step was to see how much of the site can be used. The site limits were offset with 5 meters on each side, generating a 9x40x40 m volume.
2. SUBTRACT In the second step, the central part of the volume was subtracted in order to create a common central courtyard for the 9 families, while the gardens facing the streets are for private use.
3. CONNECT The central garden is connected to the 3 streets through some passages, which also host the entrances in every house.
4. FRAGMENTATION On both the horizontal and the vertical plane a fragmentation is done, reducing the scale of the volume to better integrate into the exiting context.
Petrila Boulevard Elevation
Curtisoara Street Elevation
Ground floor plan
South - west elevation
First floor plan
A -A Section
Second floor plan
B - B Section
The Space of Faith Date: Fall 2017, 4th Year, U.A.U.I.M. Location: Calea Mosilor, Bucharest Type: Meditation Space
This project aims to bring together the main three religions of this world: Judaism, Islam and Christianity, creating a space for these people to pray or to simply meditate under one roof. The site is located on Calea Mosilor Street, a place marked by religion. This area developed around churches, hence the big amount of Orthodox worship spaces to which 2 synagogues are added. The starting point was the idea of a triangle, a shape and a number (3) which are characteristic to all three religions. This idea was translated in a 3-dimensional structure, which due to its slopes and sharp angles creates a sense of tension.
The interior space is free, without walls, the only enclosed spaces are the three meditation rooms and the tower, which acts as a landmark. The whole structure is raised 1,5m from the ground level, which forces people to make an effort in order to reach the final space - the meditation rooms. My main wish was to create a space of introspection, a place where people could hide, no matter of their religious beliefs, from the hustle and bustle of the city.
From ground to the sky
Light in the meditation space
Light in the common space
Ground floor plan
Arts & Learning Center Date: Fall 2018, 5th Year, Uludag University Location: Bursa, Turkey Type: Library, Visual and Performance Art Center
This project’s location is situated in Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey, 150 km away from Istanbul and 30 km from the Marmara Sea. The city has a rich history, from the Byzantine period to Ottoman conquest, when it became the Ottoman Empire’s first capital. After the instauration of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the city became an industrial power and it started to grow in surface. Bursa has developed in a linear way, along the highway which crosses it from west to east, connecting this city to Ankara and Istanbul. This road is a strong feature in the urban fabric, creating a lot of troubles because it acts as a barrier dividing the city into two parts.
Our area of study was situated along this road, between Küçük Sanayi(Little Industry) and Acemler, we had to discover the problems of this area and a solution for these problems, which determined our site choice and program. The main problem of Küçük Sanayi - Acemler area is the lack of public spaces and cultural facilities, therefore my project came as a natural response to this problem. This area is one of transition between the industrial zone and the city center, people seem to only pass by this place, the only facility that attracts people is the Carrefour near Nilufer metro station and the commercial center behind it. How can this place attract more people and at the same time give something to the community? In my project, I tried to answer this question.
For my project, I choose two sites situated next to each other. My choice was influenced by two major characteristics, the proximity to Nilufer Metro Station (accessibility) and the fact that the sites are surrounded by some green spaces. On my walks on the site, I observed that people tend to take a shortcut through the Nilufer park instead of walking on the sidewalk, maybe because of the intense traffic and noise. My starting point was this observation, on my project I continued this path that goes through the Nilufer Park on my sites. Simultaneously I tried to connect all the green spaces on the site I chose and to make there a focal point for people who pass by and for people living nearby. The spatial configuration of this project is thought to protect the users against the noise generated by the highway and to be open more towards the secondary streets and the neighborhood. The portico that unites and keeps together the buildings creates some protected courtyards but at the same time, these are permeable for people coming from all directions. The space generated inside is of three types, one more public, which can be easily accessed from Nilufer Metro Station, but also from the other side of the highway through a bridge and two more private gardens. From the functional point of view, the project is split into two parts, one for arts (visual and performance arts) and one for learning (library). The visual arts center hosts a cafe, an art gallery and some studios for artists or for workshops at the last level. The performance arts center has a multifunctional hall where artistic performances can be held, two dance studios and music studios. The library has a tea shop and a bookshop at the ground level, individual rooms, a projects room and the usual reading spaces.
Küçük Sanayi Metro Station
Nilufer Metro Station
Acemler Metro Station
Carrefour and Sur Yapı Commercial Center
1. Connecting all the green spaces surrounding the site.
2. Bringing cultural and leisure activities into the community and creating a bond between people.
3. Creating a barrier against noise coimg from the highway.
4 Creating open public space which opens towards the neighborhood and connecting the sites with Nilufer Park.
5. Unification through the portico, which creates a protectd, but at the same time permeable space; the site is also connected with the park on the other side of the highway.
6. The project is devided into 3 parts with its own type of exterior space. While the arts parts atre opened towerds a more public space, the library has 2 more private courtyards.
Ground floor plan
Elevation from courtyard
1 - First floor
1 - Second floor
1 - Third floor
1 - Section
2 - First floor
2 - Second floor
2 - Third floor
2 - Section
3 - First floor plan
3 - Second floor plan
3 - Third floor plan
3 - Section
THE CLOSE - THE IN-BETWEEN SPACE Date: Fall 2016, 3rd Year, U.A.U.I.M. Location: Dacia Boulevard, Bucharest Type: Collective housing Team member: Alice Bretan
For this collective housing project, the starting point and source of inspiration was the existing context. The site is situated at the crossing of Dacia Boulevard and Toamnei Street; in this area, a very distinct and special way of habitation can be found the close. Although this type of street represents a public space, which can be used by anyone, at any time, the atmosphere felt here is rather of a private courtyard, where you disconnect from the rest of the city. Therefore, the close is a mix of public and private, having a quality of living which we intended to bring into our project.
Being located on a crossroad and on an important artery of Bucharest, the site has a very urban and public character. The project is brought to a human, more private scale by the central courtyard, a space for all people, but protected from the outside world. The entrance in this courtyard is a narrow cut into the facade, which is directed and marks the center of the intersection. On the 2500 m2 site, 28 flats resulted and spaces for public facilities on the ground floor, oriented towards the street. We seeked to maximse the green surface as much as possible, in the end it resulted a total of 800 m2 of green area.
1. SITE LIMITATIONS
3. THE CENTRAL COURTYARD
5. THE CUT
Entrances Vertical circulation
Ground floor plan
Dacia Boulevard Elevation
Toamnei Street Elevation
Basement floor plan
First floor plan
Second floor plan
Third floor plan
Inspiration Hostel Date: 2018 Location: Tirilye, Turkey Type: Accommodation for artists, competition Team member: Livia Tanasa
We used the water source as the fountain of life, in this case the foundation for inspiration, for creating art. The sea, is the generator of direction, using its route as a guide, aiming at the essential mark which is becoming the axis mundi of this enclosed little world of introspection and inspiration, compressing in itself, but at the same time, it is allowing the respite of distance. The particularity about concrete itâ€™s its force, its ability to rule and to blend in the land. Every wall is hiding a story. Using concrete walls as the main structure we created a protective cloth - the concept of comprise and contain - the protective walls are exhaling power and tenderness referring to each story. We conceived a series of shells which are shelters of different stories and different functions. The concrete walls are used as protective shells.
Choosing a place as Trilye offers us a colorful and tumultuous background. Itâ€™s about both, the heritage and also the landscape. Being a mixture of the two provides the perfect settlement for an inspirational hostel. Trilye is not a typical Turkish village, itâ€™s history is paved with both Orthodox Greeks mark and Ottoman sing. The Panathenaic way was the route taken by the Panathenaic procession during the festivities. It was the most sacred and important event of the year. A game of images and perspectives in a dynamic movement on this specific path. We are creating not just a hostel, a complex, we are creating a path. Proposing both a visual and emotional experience. We rely on the joy and the fear of discovering new perspectives, new landmarks, new stories behind the protective walls.
1. Lobby 2. Living Room 3. Library 4. Group Room 5. Gallery 6. Room of Silence 7. Music Studio Accomodation 8. Writers Studio Accomodation 9. Painters/Sculptors Studio Accomodation
The fragile The symmetry and axial of the place is emphasized by the greenhouse. Providing neither just a corridor nor a transitional hall, we are providing a diverse space which brings light and joy to the common spaces. The greenhouse is a fragile and delicate structure, being in a complete antithesis with the concrete walls. We rely on this in offering a diverse space. The common building gathers all the required spaces such as the gallery, the library, the living room, the lobby, the multifunctional rooms.
The core The courtyard is the heart of the common space. The Cloister is a quadrilateral enclosure surrounded b`y covered walkways, enlightened by the strictness of the porticos. Its perfect square shape is marked by a central gathering landmark, the fountain. Tirilye is a village marked by Christian Greek heritage. Its tumultuous history was ruled by their presence. Taking this thing into consideration we rise a common building in the image of a monastery assembly. Respecting and adapting the configuration, the cloister, main building, porticos, central landmark, everything is taking a new shape with deep valences to history and culture.
The link Along with deep corridors, the true beauty of the sea is discovered, offering not just a path to accommodation and studios, but fulfilling dynamic experience. Dug in the heart of the ground, cutting the hills, the corridors are a celebration of the landscape. They emphasize the antithesis between the tectonic concrete wall and the delicate view of Marmara Sea.
The fluid Buildings consist of skin and bones, this is the protective shells of life. We propose different types of accommodation for each type of artists, musicians, painters, sculptors and writers. We are using the same typology but adapting it to their specific needs. This kind of space is offering the foundation to changes and to adapt. It is fluid space, an open space.
The Creator and the Human Gathering the landscape, the topography and the built environment, we rely on the visual distortion. A diverse path where after every corner. after every wall is a new perspective, a new story. It is a project about storytelling and keeping life both in enclosures and in the open world. The studios are just like that, open spaces targeted to the sea with fluid areas. For better performance, the studio space is combined with the accommodation one. It is not a typical way, the typical hostel. You cannot divide an artist life in two, the creator and the human. The creation process is born from inspiration, which can strike you at any time in a day.
The Scared In the homogenous space, the human being is searching for transcendental ruptures. He is searching for the foundation of centers, of nodes, anchors of the heavenly world in the earth. We are rising a scared enclosure in complete antithesis with the profane enclosure - the clean and stainless courtyard and the dirty and the sinful one. It is both underground and out in the open air, underground for the complete enclosure, for the overwhelming silence and outside for the tumultuous thrill of the world.
CITY BEAUTIFICATION WORKSHOP Date: February 2019 Location: U.A.U.I.M. Type: Lighting workshop
This lighting workshop gave us the opportunity to understand the importance of light in architecture, light understood as exterior building illumination, not only as interior illumination. The task of the workshop was to create the lighting concept for Ion Mincu Universityâ€™s old facade; currently, this part of the building being improperly illuminated.
The three-day workshop was split into theoretical lessons on the first day a group brainstorming resulting in a few sketches on the second day and finally, on the last day, these sketches were put into practice generating the lighting design. The process and the result can be seen in the following photos.
KITCHEN&DINING DESIGN Date: July - August 2018 Type: Interior Design
This project consisted of designing a kitchen and a dining space in an existing small house in the countryside. Before the renovation the volume was divided into three parts, resulting in a fragmented space, which was neither functional nor pleasing. After the demolition of the two existing walls, the place was unified, becoming brighter and more coherent.
This room is the houseâ€™s heart, spatially and spiritually, here the family members gather together, so from the beginning I intended to make the best out of the 20 m2 area. I chose a neutral color palette and wooden textures, combined with a drop of turquoise, for a fresher appearance. Overall, this room became the central part of the familyâ€™s life, generating a cozy and friendly feeling.
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