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The Museum of Collectivization – the second stage

Started in the autumn of 2019, by the initiative of a group of history fans and entrepreneurs in the village of Tămășeni (Neamț County, Romania) the museum quickly became a reality, and its exhibition opened in the first three rooms a year later.

Eight Large Houses. ADN BA: Apartment Building, Brasov

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Photo: Vlad Pătru, Sabin Prodan

As in all Romanian large cities (and many of smaller ones), buildings have boomed in Brasov since 2000. Its particular situation has led to some very varied types of increase: limited in the historical centre, extensive on the outskirts

142 m² and eleven doors. SPEED Architects: House 1

SPEED is an architectural practice based in Oslo, founded in 2020 by Espen Robstad Heggertveit and Eirik Stokke, after receiving the DOGA Newcomer award. The acronym stands for Section, Plan, Elevation, Extrusion, Diagram

The Sunny House, the Passive House, the Twins’ House

This is a story of cooperation and patience, of team and trust, all started from an ambitious idea. The sunny house was born out of a beautiful dream – a house that uses the sun, a house built of wood, in the midst of an edible garden.

Dossier Zeppelin 166: „Hybrid Environments. About New Ways of Cohabiting ”

Coordinators: Ștefan Ghenciulescu, Cătălina Frâncu


We have become rather accustomed to thinking of territory in terms of clear categories: city/village/nature, industry/agriculture/services, built/unbuilt, work/living etc.

Edito: Control and Conciliation

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Photo: SCOB

The adjoining photo shows one of the projects in the dossier of the summer issue of Zeppelin magazine no.166. To be honest, it doesn’t look much like architecture. In fact, it looks like something that can be a corner of nature, or a greenfield, or some generic greenery, rather self-sown.

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.

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”


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 a complex and poetic work. Its creation was possible precisely due to an exemplary involvement of the client and to their collaboration with the architects, and a multidisciplinary engineering team. We talked about all these, but also about ecology, money, spaces, architectural expression, landscape, with architects Gabriel Chiș-Bulea and Mădălina Mihălceanu, and with Marius Șoflete, founder of the Inginerie Creativă office. (Ștefan Ghenciulescu)