near Bucharest, Romania

private house

credits: Alexandru Muntean | Calin Lambrache 

Valeriu Nicolaides | Alexandrina Remescu Simo

Pipera, a new neighbourhood just North of Bucharest is a place of contrasts. Many of the city's new expensive investments are here, but at the same time there is a lack of infrastructure, public space, urban equipment and a general sense of order. In this landscape there are only a handful of land plots that retain some of the natural qualities that Pipera used to have. Villa C sits on one of these plots, and although is not a very generous plot it is surrounded by trees and in the vicinity of a body of water.

One of the main request for this project was to keep as much existing trees as possible. The other request was to create a deep sense of privacy that would remain as untouched as possible in the face of new real estate developments that could spring around the plot.

Our response for this brief was an elongated Y shaped building that manages to squeeze between the existing trees and at the same time leaves room for an inner courtyard orientated towards the east, a place that is least probable for future real estate development. To further enhance the privacy of the house, the building is set back, just a few openings are facing the street and even those are covered and protected by the vegetation.

The layout of the house works as sequence of spaces that goes from public to private: the entrance is a covered but open space, after that there is a narrow hallway with no direct view of the outside, at the end of the hallway there is a space, like a portico, that opens to the garden, this space connects to the courtyard oriented dinning room and finally a small narrow and low passage way leads to a tall and generous living room that also opens to the courtyard. The various transitions between all the rooms in this sequence is done without doors but using the space geometry instead and allowing for a continuous flow of space. Along this flowing backbone there are some closed spaces that contain the services: kitchen, toilets, stair and a private study room.