Monthly Archives: February 2011

updated post: Architectural rebirth


I’ve updated the post on the headquarters of the Romanian Architects Union with a ton of details (or links to details) about the building’s past and its design/construction. Enjoy!

Athenaeum


Athenaeum, originally uploaded by Iulia Mogos.

The Romanian Athenaeum (Ateneul Român) is neoclassical concert hall in Bucharest and home of the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s across the street from the former palace and the Hotel Athenee Palace Hilton and a few blocks from Revolution Square.

3 layers of nature & a windmill


Seasons Gone By, originally uploaded by Aaron Lynch.

Riding the CFR


 

Personalul 9696 C F R, originally uploaded by dorinnovac.

Trains can be great. (I am a huge fan of German trains in particular.) If you would like to read some factual information about the Romanian railways, the CFR (Căile Ferate Române), wikipedia to the rescue. If instead you would like to read some entertaining stories, then Choo-Choo! Riding the rails ROMANIA style and True Tales of Riding the Rails in Romania will confirm that truth is stranger than fiction.

A man, a dog, and Brașov


 

Architectural rebirth


In Bucharest on the corner of Dem Dobrescu Street (Strada Dem I. Dobrescu) near Revolution Square (Piaţa Revoluţiei) is the headquarters of the Romanian Architects Union (sediul Uniunii Arhitectilor din Romania (UAR)) built inside the ruined building of the secret police (Direcţia V Securitate), which used to be the embassy of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Photo and back-story of the original building (English).

Architects: Dan Marin, Zeno Bogdanescu
Construction Engineers: Popp & Asociatii
Contractor: ACMS (project page)

Details about the design of Architects Union HQ from the website of the Mies Architecture Prize: pdf or html. (via Urbarama)

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