A silent witness. Space Casuals: Rehabilitating the house at 30, Coandă St., Bucharest

A silent witness. Space Casuals: Rehabilitating the house at 30, Coandă St., Bucharest

This is the story of a house built in 1900 to a Bucharest of different flavours and different values. All this time, the house has been a silent witness, it has navigated history almost anonymously, it saw two wars, a few different generations and regimes, earthquakes and city transformations.

Article of the week: Architecture as a Democratic Act - ASC Center for Administrative Services in Novi Sanzhary, Ukraine

Architecture as a Democratic Act: ASC Center for Administrative Services in Novi Sanzhary, Ukraine

A pro-bono project of the prestigious Swedish architecture and design office Claesson Koivisto Rune Text: Daniel Tudor Munteanu Photo: Alik Usik

Matrix in Wood. Peris+Toral Arquitectes: Social Housing, Cornellà de Llobregat

The residential building in Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona) is for now the largest building in Spain with a Wooden Structure. It houses 85 dwellings on five floors and used a total of 8,300 m2 of 0km wood1 from the forests of the Basque Country.

Dossier Zeppelin #165: "SuperBANAL"

Dossier Zeppelin #165: “SuperBANAL”

Introduction Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu This dossier’s working title has oscillated between “discrete architecture”, “silent architecture”, and “invisible architecture”.

Edito: Falling with the Plaster

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu Photo: Cosmin Pojoranu I confess that this editorial was initially supposed to be about Ukraine. Obviously, whether we speak of architecture or any other part of culture, we have no right to just go on with our activity and concerns and ignore the terrible tragedy close to us.

Wooden landscape. Vertical Studio: Creatopy HQ, Săldăbagiu de Munte – Bihor

There are few CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) buildings in Romania. There are even fewer quality architecture buildings made of this material. Therefore, the emergence of this small office centre close to Oradea is even more important. It is the first building in Romania to achieve the “Low Energy Passive House” standard, but more than that, it’s […]

Searching for the ideal house. ADN BA: House, Dumbrava Vlăsiei

From some points of view, this house is close to a student project – that is, when you imagine a plucky and smart student project, without an actual customer, but in a very real context, which really needs to be done, and which needs to be done well.

Not your usual coffee shop. Blanc-Architecture: Bad Habits Café, Craiova

Bad Habits was launched in 2021 as a specialty coffee shop located in the center of Craiova, in the oldest mixed residential and commercial building in the city.

Article of the weeK. Two terracotta houses. Mira House & Claudia House

Two terracotta houses. Mira House & Claudia House

Mira House & Claudia House give us the opportunity to analyse two almost neighbouring houses, located in the same district of the Valencian town of Benimaclet and built in the same period.

Dossier Zeppelin #164: “Ideal & Material”

Dossier coordinators: Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Cătălina Frâncu Intro A first split into categories for this file sounds a bit like an index of materials – recomposed wood, glass and polycarbonate, metal, concrete, special textiles, and of technologies – 3D moulds, lamination, gas and heat recovery, smart buildings

Edito: Creangă’s Plan

This plan really moved us. Not only because it is novel (at least, we could not find it elsewhere), but also because the drawing does not belong to Horia Creangă[1], the Modernist hero of romanian architecture, but it traces the house of his grandfather, Ion Creangă – the hero of romanian literature.

Citrus Studio: L House

An L shaped house with hidden pockets and green perspectives – extroverted, transparent, it opens itself to nature: from the courtyard, an exhibition of spaces, solid and void among which one may feel like hiding; from the street an elegant object, quite different from its built context, whose effervescence often generates a stop, inviting people […]

Corvin Cristian Studio: La Gloire apartment building, Varșovia 6 – Bucharest

This is one of the most coveted areas in Bucharest: north from the central ring, there is a chain of the perfectly structured luxurious garden-neighbourhoods, with the beautiful villas and blocks of flats of the interwar elite.

Article of the week> ADNBA - Millo Offices, Bucharest

ADN BA: Millo Offices, Bucharest

A precious place … and a complicated one. Around the Calea Victoriei area, between the Revoluției Square and the Elisabeta Boulevard, most historical streets are overlapping, from the sinuous, typically Balkan route of Calea Victoriei and the wonderful Kretzulescu church, to the eclecticism of late 19th-century public buildings and houses and then to the flamboyant […]

Article of the week: Wood is for Apartment Buildings. MARS Architects - An environmentally conscious apartment block in Paris

Wood is for Apartment Buildings. MARS Architects: An environmentally conscious apartment block in Paris

The project makes it possible to completely renew the site, and on a more global level, to think about collective housing and the environmental approach to it. Both employed on this plot to create a new urban pattern that may generate of good quality and sustainable development.

ASTRA VR by Zeppelin Design: Making the most out of traditional heritage through multimedia technologies

ASTRA VR by Zeppelin Design: Making the most out of traditional heritage through multimedia technologies

ASTRA VR is a museum project which uses VR technology, sound installations, and cartoons to make traditional culture heritage much more accessible. ASTRA Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization undertook to innovate its means of expression and to come closer to a new generation of visitors.