Industrial Heritage Related Practice

By Letitia Barbuica.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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This paper intends to present an industrial heritage related project that was completed through collaborative design. In Romania, communist dictatorship ended 20 years ago. Since then, following 50 years of neglect, various projects have been undertaken to renovate heritage buildings. Industrial heritage buildings are a special case, as their sites are targeted by developers (because of their sizes and central locations) who want to demolish them in order to build new residential/ commercial/ business centers. The project of transforming “Cartea Romaneasca” Printing House, initially a B-type heritage building, into a mixed-use complex—Metropolis Center—while keeping the heritage building and the listed facade is an example of how restored structures and new buildings can be successfully accommodated. The project was developed by “Plus Arhitectura,” an international architecture studio jointly run by Letiţia Bărbuică, from Bucharest, Peter Torniov from Vienna, and Stefan Petkov from Sofia. The project was published in the local architectural magazine “Architectura,” the official publication of the Board of Architects of Romania, and selected as a representative heritage project for BAB 2011 (Bucharest Architecture Biennial). This paper attempts to bring forward a set of solutions that have been found for various problems posed by the project: a structural solution meant to keep the old facade above the underground parking, modern windows to match the original look of the heritage building, and a new extension.

Keywords: Industrial Heritage, Listed Building, Public Space, Local Regulation, Special Structures, Façade

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 29, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.516MB)).

Letitia Barbuica

Managing Partner, Architecture Assistant Professor, Design Department , Studio Classes Year 4-5, Universitatea de Arhitectura Ion Mincu, Bucharest, Romania

Letiţia Bărbuică is a chartered architect, assistant professor, and chartered civil engineer. She has a master's degree in architecture and marketing. She graduated from Institutul de Arhitectura Ion Mincu-Bucharest, specializing in architecture and urbanism. In 2011, she graduated with advance university training from the Doctoral School in "Space-Image-Text-Territory," organized by Univeristatea de Arhitectura Ion Mincu in Bucharest. She received several scholarships in the UK and spent one year at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USA) in the master's program. She is an associate architect for Plus Arhitectura international architectural office and founding partner of Head Made Architecture Studio. She is interested and has experience in architectural and urban projects, and has published work in local magazines. She was member of the team who won the runner-up prize for Riga 1 Latvia, Europan 7, and more recently, the 3rd prize for the modernization and rehabilitation of the central area of Campina. She is a founding member of the Romanian Order of Architects and a member of the Register of Romanian Urbanists.