Text from Corvin Cristian:
All of the main elements have been salvaged along the years from houses under demolition or “rehabilitation”: the doors, entry gate, the oak windows in the dividing walls, ceramic stoves, cast iron bath tub, 1900 sink, wrought iron elements, lightning fixtures, various furniture, doorknobs, even the posts and beams needed to reinforce the existing 1904 roof structure are coming from old barns. Everything, except a few family objects, is reclaimed.
None of the pieces are bought from antique shops. They were all meant to fuel the fire or junkyard. A nostalgic method, quite awkward here, where on the neighboring streets, some heritage buildings are being demolished and preservation areas are violated. In this context, our project is a manifesto against what is now happening on the streets of Bucharest and other Romanian cities.
The space is organized around the “courtyard”-living room and the “facades” of the rooms are looking towards it. The windows in the dividing walls are improving the lightning while keeping the privacy. The exterior of the building, found in very bad shape, has been restored.