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A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi

  • 01:00 - 15 August, 2013
A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi
A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi, © Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Timișoara, Romania
  • Architect in Charge

    Vlad Gaivoronschi
  • Design Team

    Alexandru Malaescu, Dan Damian, Andreea Simici
  • Structural Engineerng

    Micsa Gherasim
  • Interior Design, Landscaping

    Alexandru Malaescu
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

Text description provided by the architects. The house is built in a residential area in the north of Timisoara, Romania. Nearby, there is another Andreescu & Gaivoronschi house designed 13 years ago, which developed the same idea of a "house on a house". It has to do with social phenomena typical for Italy and Greece, where young members of the family live with the parents. This coexistence was sincerely expressed in both cases: the "young house” on the "old" one.

© Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

Wood means youth and freshness, whereas stone has to do with the roots, the passing of time. The result is a wooden house on a bigger stone house.

© Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

More than that, this juxtaposition has to do with a public/private dialectic. Stone, solid walls "defend" and close a little the private area. In A.B. house, this character of fence house is equilibrated by the subtraction of a typical traditional "grey" space of public/private interaction at the entrance. Behind the house, the theme of intermediary it is represented by the patio and the covered terrace, "the outside eating room".

© Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

Inside the house there is a two direction topology: the horizontal one, of the parents' area, which embraces also the patio; and the vertical one which juxtaposes the spaces of the "two houses". This juxtaposition also occurs in the living room area, where a typical "raum-plan" pattern is developed.

© Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

The living room is developed as a "theatre" which can be observed from different levels. There is also a private part, on the first floor, similar to the "women’s room" in traditional oriental dwellings - a space from where you can observe but not be observed. It is a space for a future library, a space for smoking.

© Ovidiu Micsa
© Ovidiu Micsa

The apartment contained in the wooden house from above is enough for a young couple. The inside/outside relation is also developed here, without dismantling the unity of the box: an intermediary space to the south behind wooden louvres, a thin balcony to the west, to observe the atrium and the dawn and a vertical incision to the east, to mirror the rising sun.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

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Cite: "A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi" 15 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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