Pickling. Micro-entrance for the Paintbrush Factory in Cluj

A couple of years ago, Klara Veer was in a charge of a small project, yet one with several dozen clients: a community kitchen for the members of a federation of artists and other cultural actors housed by a former factory. This projet is even tinier. The memory of the building, a sitting device and a messenger from the art inside define together a threshold.

Instant culture. And yet, something more. About Louvre Abu Dhabi

Text: Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Photo and on-site research: Laurian Ghinițoiu

It is very difficult to speak, in an architecture magazine, of those “instant icons” produced by starchitects, famous on the spot, and even afterwards extensively publicized. The avalanche of images leads to saturation and, as easily recognizable as they are, the less patience people have, to learn something or to analyse.

Warm and cold. Mesange Fromagerie, Bucharest

Project, text: Beros Abdul Architects
Photo: Andrei Margulescu

Mesange Fromagerie is a new cheese trader opening their first shop in Bucharest, Romania in 2017. The company imports mainly European cheese, but with an emphasis on traditional French dairy products and cuisine. We had the opportunity to work with them in an integral design project, developing from the brand identity to interior design, furniture, table setting, and packaging, trying to build-up a coherent image through the project.

Blending in and something more . Arch. Traian Cimpeanu: Villa H, Vänga, Sweden

From a distance, the house is a discreet part of a traditional landscape. As you get closer and the step inside, it reveals its contemporary layers

Project, text, photos: Traian Cimpeanu

Vänga is a small community of houses in the middle of rural farmland, just 60 kilometres east of Göteborg, Sweden’s second largest city.

Edito: Starts by 2 bits per second at 1800, but ends by a hologram featuring 3 strange buildings

Text: Constantin Goagea

See, I’m just walking to the office through the railway station, as every day, and in those three minutes and let’s say 30 seconds I need to cross the station, cross-cutting from the Grivita to the Dinicu Golescu Boulevard, I try to record my train of thoughts, which seems somewhat chaotic, so step one our railroad station is beautiful when it’s sunny, but today it’s cold and dreary, this is not relevant, here is an infinite universe of small and great events, it’s a bloody historical landmark, the station was built in 1872, I know because I read it on Wiki, it’s a metaphysical point of the city

Sandwich. From residue to a place for art

Intro: Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Photo: Dan Vezentan & Sandwich

An improbable place for displaying art: a leftover of space, at one end of the world.

Combinatul Fondului Plastic (Arts and Crafts Combinate) is not that far away from the centre, nor is it so inaccessible – although there is some walking to do to the public transport stations, and quite a longer walk to the underground.

Quality Skin. Three projects. Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés: façade design

Intro: Ștefan Tuchilă, Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Texte: Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés
Photo: Ștefan Tuchilă, Sergio Grazia

In this article we speak less of buildings and more of façades. Building skin –solid, opaque, porous, light, transparent, with small or large apertures, loggias, balconies, porches and blinds, merged with the structure or autonomous has always been an essential architectural element. Nowadays, it is probably the main piece in any sustainability concept.

An urban salon. The Mikkeller beer-bar, Bucharest

Project, text: Bogdan Ciocodeică
Photo: Kinga Tomos

A really special beer brand – Denmark’s Mikkeller is only around the world only in its own locations in some very carefully selected cities – like for instance Tokyo, Seoul, San Francisco, Los Angeles outside of Europe, and in Europe, with the exception of Denmark, only in Barcelona, Berlin, Stockholm and Reykjavik. It now has opened a beer-bar and bistro in the Charles de Gaulle Square, in a spectacular villa from the onset of the 20th century.

The Porous School. Steven Holl Architects: Visual Arts Building, University of Iowa

Ecology doesn’t need to show off. It can be a natural part of the building, woven into the general design, and choice of materials and details. We wanted to kick off this dossier on sustainability with a project that is before anything else architecture – beautiful, appropriate, refined and humanly scaled. Yet Steven Holl’s newest addition to the Iowa campus is also the result of a sustainability concept that is highly innovative and centered on the connection to the environment and the people that use it.

A city piece in the countryside. Kanaal operation, Wijnegem, Belgium

Photo: Jan Liégeois

An unsual investor – the art collector and dealer Axel Vervoordt. Art and real estate. A former peripheric industrial site. Recovery, densification and urbanizatiopn as an antidote to urban sprawl. A mix of functions and typologies. Vision, masterplan, three architecture and one landscape office. And well, a work by a great artist as a sign and first action of the project

Recovering a local typology. A Wagon-House in Bucharest

Project, text: Mihai Duţescu
Photo: Radu Malașincu, Andrei Mărgulescu

The Antiaeriana neighbourhood is a long, narrow strip of land, running along one side of the road bearing the same name, approximately from the crossroads of Calea 13 Septembrie and Bd. Ghencea, and down to Soseaua Alexandriei. This is a rather packed borough when compared to other boroughs in Bucharest; like them, it was originally a suburban village, subsequently included in the city and still displays both urban and rural features.

House with a view. Attila Kim: Recovering the memory of an old house

A nice house. An accident and a loss. An interrupted reconstruction. A new house with the memories of the old one

Text: Attila Kim
Photo: Dacian Groza, Kinga Tomos, Attila Kim