Hotel Mercure in Bucharest / Arhi Group

Hotel Mercure in Bucharest / Arhi Group

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Bucharest, Romania
  • Architects: Arhi Group
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs Photographs:  Cosmin Dragomir
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: EGE, Guardian Glass, MARAZZI, ROCKWOOL, Alucobond, Astek, Dreamscape Lighting, FRESCO, HUET, Ideal Standard, Idezio, Klass, MOLDIVARS, RIGIPS
  • Structural Design:Zagaican Birou de Structuri
  • Mep Design:MC General Construct
  • General Contractor:Conarg (local Romanian company)
  • Facades Contractor:Moldivars (local Romanian company)
  • Mep Contractor:Modulex Group (local Romanian company)
  • City:Bucharest
  • Country:Romania
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© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

Text description provided by the architects. Hotel Mercure Bucharest City Center is a building with a story behind. The story appeared as a design consequence and has been further used as a feature for the hotel, which is a story-telling type.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

As it is situated in a historic and eclectic neighborhood, but very central, we’ve had several attempts to find means of stylistic expression, until we decided that the future building must contribute synergistically to the character of the area, which led to a contextual approach.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

The hotel facades have taken and reinterpreted architectural and symbolic elements from the immediate vicinity, so as to emit a cultural message, both urban and stylistically consistent.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The houses on this particular street were an inspiration for the arched windows, which we alternated with rectangular ones, in a playful manner; also, we reiterated one of the Romanian Athenaeum’s main architectural features, the portico, which is detached from the main volume and ceded to public space.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

Last but not least, complementary to these archetypal items, on the main facade we have inserted a graphical collage of cultural symbols that takes the story further.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

Upon a crop of the entablement of the Romanian Athenaeum floats a pair of muses "descending" from the ceiling of the music salon of the museum George Enescu - double tribute to two great local symbols: Romanian Athenaeum (50m away from the hotel) and the great composer George Enescu, which gives the name of the street on which the hotel is located.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

The technical process we used to accomplish the modern “fresco” is a very actual architectural solution: we used CNC perforated panels, placed at a certain distance from the facade support, creating the look and feel of depth by alternating light and shade.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

The hotel consists in some 6500 sqm of GBA, 2 basements and 7 floors above ground, having 114 rooms.

© Cosmin Dragomir
© Cosmin Dragomir

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Address:Bucharest, Romania

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Cite: "Hotel Mercure in Bucharest / Arhi Group" 24 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779196/hotel-mercure-in-bucharest-arhi-group> ISSN 0719-8884
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