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Cihoschi Housing

Cihoschi Housing

Authors: conf. dr. arh. Ionuț Anton, prof. dr. arh. Dan Corneliu Șerban, nr
Firm: s.c. digital craft s.r.l. / s.c. idz arhitectură s.r.l.

Collaborators:
Beneficiari: Robert Ponovescu, Dumitru Beyer, Oana Ponovescu
Arhitectură: arh. Ana Daniela Anton, arh. Ionuț Pătrașcu
Structure project: ing. Ștefan Burciu, ing. Cătălin Pancu (Neo Structural Engineering)
Inginerie: ing. Alexandru Iatan, Ing. Elena Iatan (Noa Proiect), ing. Angel Dogeanu

Authors’ Comment

The building, part of the existing valuable built fund of Bucharest, errected around 1932 by the architect Jean Burcuș, is located in the centre of Bucharest, near the Piața Romană.
With a love for the architecture of the building, its decorations and the interior spaces, the clients supported a judicious use of the existing, which needed structural interventions in order to ensure its stability. At the same time, a framing study from a volumetric and urbanistic point of view revealed the need to increase the volume and connect it to the constructed context.
This outlines the proposal for the conservation, restoration and extension of the existing building in a temperate architecture that makes subtle references to existing elements and completes the building for a harmonious volumetric corelation.
The interior space is preserved and the structural negotiation intervenes minimally to support the existing walls but also the proposed vertical extension. A new structure on column and plates will ensure the stability of the final assembly.
Inside, two housing units are each spread over three floors, with a common main access on the front vertical circulation and interior distribution on the staircase from the yard and each benefit from a personal outdoor space.