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Prima cladire veche-ultramoderna din Romania

sediul UAR

Batrinica s-a oprit in strada, a pus sacosele jos si a ridicat hipnotizata ochii spre cladire. S-a uitat luuung, apoi s-a indreptat spre sotul – un pensionar spilcuit, cu palariuta de moda veche – care o astepta citiva metri mai in fata, exclamind:  „Nu am inteles nimic.“Proiectul de 10 ani al arhitectilor Zeno Bogdanescu si Dan Marin – un ultramodern imobil de birouri crescut dintr-o ruina declarata monument istoric – e unicat in Romania. Cladirea place tinerilor, nedumereste batrinii mai conservatori, e vanata cu aparatele de fotografiat de turistii straini.

Gloantele si focul evenimentelor din decembrie 1989 au transformat o anonima vila burgheza bucuresteana de secol XIX, din strada D. Dobrescu nr. 5, intr-un martor simbolic al revolutiei. Cladirea in ruina – pe un teren de numai 206 mp, dar pe un amplasament exceptional – a devenit in 1990 proprietatea Uniunii Arhitectilor din Romania, care a organizat un concurs pentru reconversia ei in sediul UAR.

„Ne-am propus sa dam un sens casei noi, care se naste din casa veche, intr-un proiect ce sta sub semnul desprinderii, dar in care noul creste organic din vechi“ – spune arhitectul Dan Marin.

In urmatoarea faza a proiectului ar urma sa mai fie construite un volum pe strada alaturata – Boteanu – pentru spatii de expunere si comert de arta, precum si un corp de legatura pe strada D. Dobrescu, retras in interiorul parcelei, destinat unui parcaj sub si suprateran pentru 128 de masini.

 

Text: Catalin Gruia

Foto: Radu Igazsag

Legenda foto: Ruina, integrata in volumul nou, functioneaza ca un ecran purtind urmele gloantelor si incendiului de la Revolutie. Cladirea, care functiona ca anexa a sediului central al CC al PCR, a fost grav avariata la Revolutia din 1989.

Articol aparut in numarul de aprilie 2006 al revistei NG Ro. Varianta in limba engleza, mai jos.

Romania’s first old ultra-modern building

The old lady stopped in the street, put her bags down and raised her eyes to the building hypnotized. She took a looong look, then she turned towards her husband – a pensioner dressed up to the nines, with an old-fashioned little hat – who was waiting for her a few meters ahead, and exclaimed: “I haven’t understood anything.”

The 10-years project of architects Zeno Bogdanescu and Dan Marin, – a state-of-the-art office building sprouting up from a ruin declared historical monument (above) – is unique in Romania. Young people like it, more conservative elders are puzzled by it, and foreign tourists hunt it with their cameras.

The bullets and the fire of the events in December 1989 turned an anonymous 19th-century bourgeois villa from Bucharest, on 5 D. Dobrescu Street, in a symbolic witness of the Revolution. The building in ruins – on a lot of only 206 sq. m., but on an exceptional location – became the ownership of the Romanian Union of Architects in 1990, which organized a contest to reconvert it into its the headquarters.

“We set out to give a meaning to the new house emerging from the old one, in a project placed under the sign of detachment, where the new grows organically from the old”, says architect Dan Marin.

In the next phase of the project, a new volume is to be build on the next street, – Boteanu – for expositions and art trade and linking building on D. Dobrescu street, for a 128 cars parking below and above the ground.

Legend: The ruin, integrated in the new volume, works as a screen carrying traces of the bullets and the fire during the Revolution.

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