Nature is the common denominator. But where is that Nature we all dream about? Most of it is dead, literally speaking, or carefully preserved in recreational parks, which are nothing else but designed coffins for the same dead Nature. Nature is our root, but this root is either covered by a thick layer of cement, or carefully preserved, between high fences, in recreational “oases”. As I said, we are not living life today, we are only visiting it.

I regret I cannot afford anymore to enter open competitions

A competition, in order to be done with the dedication it deserves, requires a serious financial effort and the commitment of enough time and work force. This is not easy for our firm as we are all involved in the tough deadlines of the contracted projects. An architectural competition implies great effort and creativity and is important in the professional evolution of any architect.

Un certain regard…

My very first confrontation with Romanian heritage started already in the night of the 20th September, arriving late in the fortress. This gigantic complex impresses any visitor as a monumental relict of former confrontations at the European East-side.


The 20th century brings along the explosion of the traditional concept of art and the possibility to extend the term to any object through the mere designation as such by a person or a group. “La fontaine” (urinal) by Marcel Duchamp – refused at the Society of Independent Artists’ Salon in New York in 1917 – becomes an art paradigm in the ‘60s.

Gesamtkunstwerk. Storck House Artists` Home. A Visitor’s Impression

The German word that has gained currency per se illustrates, besides its relatively familiar origins, an array of simultaneous tendencies in European art and spirituality dating earlier than the beginning of the 19th century, when a German philosopher coined the concept designated by Gesamtkunstwerk.

An essay-project for a „perfectly ordinary” house or how to steal an hour’s living every day

This is not a project designed by an architect who thinks he knows all the answers or drawing on a philosophy able to withstand the whole world.
This house has nothing special, no innovative building details, no high-tech know-how, no avant-garde approach: the structure is conventional, the materials are inexpensive, the building technique is rather primitive than modern, entirely based on the builder’s ability and skill. The importance of the project does not transcend the limits of its location; it is neither a prominent investment nor an engineering accomplishment.

Co-operative Housing in Zürich, Switzerland. Introverted Urbanity

In Western Europe, a contemporary approach appealing to a wide audience is communal or community housing, namely the revival of an older formula as a variant of the so-called cluster apartments (e.g.: several small-sized apartments with the bedrooms and the bathroom grouped around a common space, generous in terms of surface and atmosphere). Widely debated in the past decade, this housing model has a dynamics that can no longer be ignored in some European countries.

„Build a house the way you like!”

„Build a house the way you like” – this was the theme of the architecture competition in Dumbrava Vlăsiei that we were invited to participate at; the only constraints were the local urban planning regulation and a budget limit. For an architect, this is the kind of moment he had been always dreaming about, but when it finally comes, he surprisingly realizes that the absence of impositions results into a deceptive trap.


The project is the result of an accumulation of constraints and permanent negotiations among all the parties involved: developer, builders, public authorities, designers.

docteur / visites / service

Pairing the house with the workplace boasts a long tradition. In the Middle Ages, locating the studio or the space destined to trade on the ground floor and the dwelling upstairs was recurrent and characteristic of the city centres in Western Europe.

On the ephemerality of housing. Arapu House

Walking through Bucharest, our attention is often drawn by the unusual and radiant figures of different houses or the nature embracing them. Lying fascinated, we gratefully accept their perfection and wish to discover the secret of their charm. The forms catching our attention in the first place usually have an intimate connection to our experiences and memories.
When we notice a house, we instinctively feel that it is because it revealed a „spark” of something essential related to the structure of our own nature.


Restaurant Caru’ cu bere (The Beer Cart), on 5 Stavropoleos Street, is one of Bucharest’s most famous landmarks. A well-known, frequently visited and highly appreciated place, not just by Bucharest inhabitants, but by people across the country and foreigners, Caru’ cu bere has been operating without interruption for almost 120 years. This continuity, beneficial to the city and the building alike, is primarily due to its owner who built and, subsequently, expanded the building hosting the restaurant. The history of Caru cu bere is therefore organically linked to the impressive history of the Mircea family, who, through its various members, ensured ongoing occupancy of the building on Stavropoleos street The same family manages the building today.


LIVE & WORK, A NEW PARADIGM  OF HOUSING? text: Mihaela PELTEACU © Ene+Ene Arhitectură Click For Romanian Version Far from being a particular type, the dwellings associating professional life with family life have developed naturally throughout history, representing rather space combination and organization strategies essential to life than a typology as such. There are a […]

How Petrila turned into a Planet. From activism to a culturally-based heritage regeneration programme

Like the entire Jiu Valley region and most postindustrial towns, Petrila is currently undergoing a process of recuperating its reason for being. Beyond resignation or predestination, two attitudes chiefly pervading the collective discourse, the town keeps on slowly shrinking as a result of a decrease in the economic activities originally determining its birth. Given this specific postindustrial context seen from a socio-economic and cultural perspective, the interventions on industrial heritage are closely linked to assuming a general programme of regeneration through culture.

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