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)
An oft-photographed piece of Romania, it would seem, the Transfăgărăşan road (“over the Făgăraş Mountains”)
came into some fame in 2009 on Top Gear, the car-centric British tv show. (You can do a Google search to watch a video or clips of that episode.) Here’s another good photo of it.
90 km (60 mi) of twists and turns
climbs to 2,034 metres (6673 ft) altitude
average speed is around 40 km/h (25 mph)
cost: 6 million kilograms (13 million lbs) of dynamite and the lives of 40 soldiers due to construction accidents
According to the internet: “Transfagarasan road is (officially) open from July 1st to Nov 1st. It is closed during the night.”
Personally, I would feel safer in that cable car (telecabină). Plus, it looks like fun.
Pentru cei care folosesc Google Translate, când folosesc cuvântul "gritty" este mai mult similar cu "murdar" şi/sau "cu pietricele", şi nu înseamnă "curajos". În alte cuvinte, "gritty" înseamnă orice care nu este frumos.