House 1408 / STUDIO 1408

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade, Windows, GardenHouse 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Windows, FacadeHouse 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Interior Photography, Stairs, ChairHouse 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Brick, FacadeHouse 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - More Images+ 18

  • Architects: STUDIO 1408
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  240
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Cosmin Dragomir
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Nelissen, Artemide, B&B Italia, Porcelanosa Grupo, Roche Bobois, gewiss smart house electrics, nibe heat pump, shuko frames
  • Lead Architects : Lucian Bugnariu & Diana Bugnariu
  • Design Team : Lucian Bugnariu, Diana Bugnariu, Diana Jitariu, Alin Stoica
  • Clients : Loreco Investments
  • Engineering : Matei Bugnariu
  • Landscape : Lucian Bugnariu
  • Consultants : Adrian Stoichina
  • Collaborators : Luminna, Alex Bucur
  • City : Balotești
  • Country : Romania
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House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Cosmin Dragomir

Text description provided by the architects. The first time we visited the site, the location is absolutely impressive. It is a beautiful meadow surrounded by an old forest with huge oak trees. We asked ourselves "How do we design a house that compliments the surroundings but does not overshadow them?", and "What exactly makes a house great?". 

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade
© Cosmin Dragomir
House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade, Windows
© Cosmin Dragomir

There are a thousand possible answers to this question but not one that is absolutely right or wrong. We feel the most important answer in this situation is to create a meaningful connection to the special surroundings, a connection to nature and the community, and this belief has shaped the whole project.

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Image 18 of 23
Terrace Plan
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Ground Floor Plan

We designed the house around this comfortable exterior space, a loggia with beautiful views on two opposite sides, yet protected from wind and rain which makes it comfortable to use in all seasons. It is a space big enough to hold a dinner for twelve, yet cozy enough for just one person reading a book on a rainy day. We imagined these moments and designed the spaces to hold them.

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Interior Photography, Stairs
© Cosmin Dragomir
House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Interior Photography, Stairs, Chair
© Cosmin Dragomir

The corner lot is a particularly difficult lot, as it requires a six-meter retreat from both streets leaving a narrow strip as the buildable area. To emphasize this corner land, we designed a long brick wall that develops a controlled intimacy for the spaces of the ground floor.

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Interior Photography, Living Room, Table, Lighting
© Cosmin Dragomir
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House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Countertop, Chair, Beam, Windows
© Cosmin Dragomir

On this brick wall, the stone bench has a symbolic significance. Most of us live in disconnected, unfriendly neighborhoods so it is difficult to feel we are part of a community. In rural communities in Romania, there is a bench in front of every house where people would gather and connect with each other. So, this bench is exactly that, an invitation to the neighbors, a place for community and friendship.

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Brick, Facade, Windows, Garden
© Cosmin Dragomir

The staircase, the sculptural element of the house, takes us to the night spaces that we envisioned as a nest, that sits protected on the brick wall, completing the symbolism of the house.

House 1408 / STUDIO 1408 - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Cosmin Dragomir

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Cite: "House 1408 / STUDIO 1408" 11 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/951144/house-1408-studio-1408> ISSN 0719-8884

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