Home of Art - Interwar dwelling regeneration in Timisoara

The existing house is situated in a central residential area in Timişoara. It is a building erected in 1930 and it’s a part of a two groundfloor coupled houses. Considering the brief of a dwelling for a couple and two children, the existing building was regenerated, (transformed, restored ) and completed in the atic and a new addition behind, in the backyard.
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Home of Art - Interwar dwelling regeneration in Timisoara

The existing house is situated in a central residential area in Timişoara. It is a building erected in 1930 and it’s a part of a two groundfloor coupled houses. Considering the brief of a dwelling for a couple and two children, the existing building was regenerated, (transformed, restored ) and completed in the atic and a new addition behind, in the backyard.

Even though it is not a historic or an architecture monument, we considered keeping the spirit of the old house very important and realized the enclosure to the street in an interwar local fashion. In the interior, the existing house was radicaly transformed, practically realizing the children apartment in the attic and the placement of the interior stairs on the opposite wall from the entrance.

The ensemble offers two antithesis atmospheres, to the street and inside the old house one specific to it’s nature with clearly defined rooms and the other in a relative contemporary language for the addition and the outside room and there is a surprise offered in the private area. Another surprise is the integration of plastic art, thus the architecture of the whole ensemble is trying to play the role of a good host for the beautiful collection.

The strategy of the project had in view aspects considering the east-west orientation of the plot but also the blind wall of the neighbor house. Thus the contradiction, to occupy the south plot with the house extension on the blind wall. Being just a tall groundfloor, the capacity to overshadow the courtyard is insignificant. In exchange “the open air room”, covered with a structure of wooden beams and glass became the most special place of the ensemble, an intermediate pleasant space, an extension of the living room, furnished with low sofas.

The semi-basement of the ensemble has expanded, accommodating, besides the mandatory technical spaces – heating system, washing room, drying room, storage – also a hobby type room; here the atmosphere este a little more Spartan-like – exposed concrete, etc. – but in the immediate proximity, under the stairs that go up to the tall groundfloor, is the cold storage for the wine collection in an impeccable wooden framed rack.

A special place in the old house is the office, in a straight relation with the living room and the stairs that go up to the attic. The extreme sober and elegant furniture embraces the Eames armchair, substituting a proper writing desk, which was renounced.

The house relation with the private garden is one of an open amphitheatre, with plastic art standing on the grass.

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Architect: Vlad Gaivoronschi

Colaborator: Iulia Fratila, Dan M. Munteanu, Bogdan Rat, Blanka Laki, Mihai Caraghiaur

Location: Timisoara

Building period: 2012 - 2015

Total built area: 210 sqm

Photography: Ovidiu Micsa