Twin Houses

Blascovici, the western Timisoara district, still preserves a semi rural atmosphere, typical for Banat region, with shared fronts and green squares.
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Twin Houses

Blascovici, the western Timisoara district, still preserves a semi rural atmosphere, typical for Banat region, with shared fronts and green squares.

In this type of place, bordering a triangle square, two mirrored houses were built, occupying the parcel’s front entire width. The parcel’s from and the theme’s requests (two brothers, a slope roof, withdrawal from the street) imposed the location of the two apartments in a retreated compact construction and the execution of a separated screen – façade keeping the alignment and the height of the general cornice.

The raised basement partially destined to house technical spaces and the need to maintain at the same level the yard and the living rooms to mediate with the exterior through two big loggias imposed a different height level solution that created oblique viewing angles and a dynamic spatial promenade.

The interior courtyard, situated in the middle of each apartment facilitates the ventilation and the sunlight introduction at sunrise as well as the appearance of a free space as a “hidden room under the free sky”.

The choice for travertine and wood defines the character of the building: texture travertine on the facades, into the slabs on exterior horizontal surfaces, very fine travertine tiles in the bathrooms, etc or wood on facades, exotic wood parquet in the inside, etc.

Finally, the most special place, the common yard gravitates around an old walnut tree and it is bordered on the back side by the shared open air kitchen. Both living rooms focus toward this space through the two big intermediary spaces of the loggias – the exterior rooms.

TEAM

Architect: Vlad Gaivoronschi

Colaborator: Iulia Fratila

Location: Timisoara, Romania

Structural engineering: SC H.I. STRUCT SRL

Design period: 2009 - 2010

Building period: 2009 - 2010

Total built area: 670 sqm

Photography: Ovidiu Micsa