Napochim, Cluj-Napoca

Status: concept design
Year: 2012
Program: competitions & concepts
Place: Cluj-Napoca
Project area: 22,500 sqm


The 1st concept:

The concept of this development starts from the simultaneous meeting of functional and density requirements – specified by the urban planning indicators – and a morphological configuration based upon connecting the office`s area with the public space. Meanwhile, the housing area is organized around a private interior garden. The withdrawing steps morphology has a double purpose: bringing natural light for the South and West facades – with the most favorable orientation – and visually connecting the housing area with the Cluj city center shape, with which it establishes a direct liaison.

The 2nd concept:

The second stage, which is about extending the development towards Ploiesti Street, is based upon the recycling of the existing structure supported by three simultaneous arguments: keeping the already built volume provides a better spatial efficiency than demolishing and rebuilding, which would not lead to the same existing areas, based on the urban planning indicators; using the existing structure, with the suggested additions, is economically and ecologically sustainable, while the memory of the site is still preserved; both offices and housing areas that resulted in the converted volume of the industrial building provide a unique attractiveness through the two-leveled rooms and interior stairs.

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