Of brick and steel: an architecture tale of community life in BC13 residence

Credits: Architecture: CUMULUS, Eliza Yokina, Adrian Soare, Simina Ignat, Diana Iordache, Anca Ionescu, Cosmin Anghelache Area: 3200 sqm Location: Badea Cartan Street nr.13, 2nd county, Bucharest, Romania Status: ongoing 2018-2020 We imagined the community life of this building centered around two urban, yet private courtyards. BC 13 unfolds around these two defining spaces, ensuring organic connections to its neighboring buildings. The brick paved and planted courtyards offer opportunities of interaction. Both access staircases as well as all the apartments benefit from a visual link with these courtyards, provided by large loggias and sill-less windows. There are two iconic finishes that define this construction namely the brick cladding and the steel elements. The apparent brick, new or recovered, is the dominant finish that integrates the development into the neighborhoods tradition. BC 13 Residence is located amongst one of the citys old neighborhoods, which was a nucleus of craftmanship activities back in the day. This area combined housing and crafts, and private spaces facing shared courtyards. The neighborhood also had an industrial area mainly composed of small brick factories. One of them, Tonola, was located on the current site of the Circus Park only 500 meters away. Starting with the year 1871, the first depot for horse drawn trams functioned on the adjacent site, on Teilor Street currently Vasile Lascar. The apartments vary in terms of dimension and layout studios, 2 room apartments, 3 room apartments on a single level, duplex apartments and 4 room apartments with a large garden. The common feature is a generous well-lit living room with direct access to a terrace or loggia, a semi-private space where one can set a table and gather friends. Almost all apartments are built along two faades, ensuring good light conditions all day long and optimal ventilation. On the ground floor level there are 3 office spaces, or why not, artist ateliers.

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