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Washington Villa
  • Nomination for the “Built Architecture / Conversion and Restoration” section

Washington Villa

Authors: arh. Dragos Scurtulescu, arh. Raluca Scurtulescu, arh. Claudia Stefanescu, arh. Andreea Gurita

Studiu Istoric: Arh. Dr. Conf. Criticos Mihaela
Proiectare Instalatii: M.C. General Construct
Project Manager: Ruxandra Prudeanu
Constructor: Bose Construct S.R.L
Foto: Radu Malasincu

Authors’ Comment

From a stylistic point of view, the villa reflects the taste of the era and the professional preoccupations of the architect who designed it: a tempered modernism of Balkan and Classicist regional accents. The office has restored the ground floor to its original shape, the second floor being transformed into a secondary living area. The parasitic partitions were removed and the bedrooms, after enlargement, also received their own bathrooms. The rehabilitation of the internal stair handrails was complemented by the integral recovery of the parquet. The identical reconstruction of the destroyed balustrade from the balcony of the first floor involved an exceptional artisanal effort for six months, based on original pieces found in the yard. The street fence received a small socket; an additional access gate to the main area of the courtyard where the living room opens was also provided. Fully rebuilt plaster with stone powder, repairing of metal grills and careful cleaning of window stone frames have been essential to recovering the architectural image of vintage photographs.

Jury Comment

The project managed to save the house which was left in a bad situation after many decades of dereliction. The restoration work is of good quality, which was something the jury appreciated.

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