Architects: Westfourth Architecture
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Design Team: Vlad Arsene, Călin Negoescu, Onar Gerelioglu, Raluca Ionescu, Antoniu Craiovan
Envelope Consultant: Aludesign
Structural Engineer: Popp şi Asociaţii
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 93,000 sqm
Photographs: Andrei Mărgulescu
Located at the entry in Bucharest, in “Piaţa Presei Libere” and in the axis of the Exhibition Pavilion, the Citygate complex is being constructed on one of the most prominent locations in the city.
The complex consists of two 18- storeyed towers located across from each other and creating an entry plaza to the Exhibition Complex in between. A common three level garage connects the towers under the plaza. Two three-storeyed wings are attached to each of the towers achieving larger floor plates on the lower levels of the complex.
The circulation and service cores are located in the central sections of the towers, dividing the office areas in East and West wings. These wings are rendered as distinct volumes enhancing verticality and transforming the design in a composition of four vertical elements, grouped in two buildings. Furthermore, each of the volumes is articulated in high and low rise sections clad with different glass envelopes.The horizontal articulation between these high and low rise volumes varies in each of the four vertical sections.
The relation emphasized in the project, between towers on one hand, and between building wings and sections on the other, recall the concept of duality inferred by the image of «gate».