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  • Prize of the “Residential Architecture” section

A wagon-house in Bucharest

București, România
Author: arch. Mihai Duțescu – Șef de proiect / Autor

Authors’ Comment

This small house was built on a 160 sqm plot of land in a typical slum of Bucharest - that is, a neighborhood characterized by dense housing, lacking of any architectural standards but with a certain charm and with a multi-ethnic population that still maintain a picturesque and peaceful lifestyle, somewhere in the middle of rural / urban.
The project aims to recover the typology of the so-called "wagon-house" – a house type specific for Bucharest, born from the adaptation of the rural house model to the small and narrow plots of the city. It is attached to one of the long edges of the plot and sometimes to the blind walls of the other neighboring wagon-houses. Usually it has windows on merely 2 facades, as it develops in the depth of the plot and keeps a long and narrow garden / courtyard along the main façade, which is usually the façade with the best sun exposure.
A significant detail: the cost of such a house (including the land) is more or less similar to the cost of a 3 beds apartment, with smaller area and less amenities, located in one of the recent collective housing developments which are ubiquitously colonizing the city of Bucharest.

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