The project tackles a single family house on a (typical) 590sqm plot, under typical urban regulations. The brief revolves around two main constituents:
• the wish for two courtyards/gardens, one in the front witha representation character, due to its direct relation with the street, and a more private one in the back, due to its relation with the house;
• a very open spatial relation between kitchen, living-room, dining area and the two gardens.
Our approach led to a triangle shaped house that manages through shape to to create the two gardens: the front garden - south oriented, and the private garden - west oriented. The triangle shape of the house helps protect the private garden from the possibly indiscreet eyes of the passers by. The shape and orientation of the house result in an optimal placement of each room and area of the house. On the ground floor, the living-room and dining area are south and west oriented and open to both of the gardens, while the kitchen, pantry and technical room are pushed towards north. The stair occupies the easternmost corner of the house and ties the ground floor hallway with the attic hallway switching the latter to the north. As a result two of the bedrooms open themselves towards south and the garden in the front while the main bedroom opens towards both south and west and, thus, towards both gardens. The bigger floor area for the attic results in a cantilever spanning on both south and west sides of the house, protecting thus the two terraces from the elements.
The triangle shaped plan transforms into a volume that opens itself towards the backyard garden, with a very wide facade, at the same time offering a very slender and intriguing one towards the street.
Design Team: Paul-Mihai Moldovan, Anamaria Moldovan, Gloria Gagu, Adrian Urda
Collaborator[s]: eng. Radu Lucian Pop, CSP Proiect Line,
Design Year: 2016
Execution | Completion Year: -
Location: Otopeni, Romania
Gross area: 183,60 sqm