G House by Nuca Studio

Location: Bucharest, Romania
Year: 2011
Photo courtesy: Nuca Studio
Description:

It was the owners’ lifestyle that provided the starting point in the design of this house: the family is always surrounded by relatives and friends, which implies a high degree of house occupancy every weekend, as well as many ongoing activities. The building was thus designed as a shifted, irregular volume, ensuring the existence of several “centres of interest” on each of the two levels, and, at the same time, the opening of several areas towards the outside.

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Inside, despite the varying functions, the spaces openly communicate with each other and there are very few enclosed areas, which contributes to a sense of fluidity. The daytime area is a well-lit open space, ensuring maximum interaction between kitchen, dining space and living room, as well as between the upper level and the courtyard.

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In order to include the courtyard into this structure, the passage to the outside, namely to the terrace, itself partially covered by the upper floor volume, is done through a large glazed surface, for which the architects used the narrowest available frame. The ground floor also contains several technical areas, the entry access, a few bathrooms as well as a working space, while the upper level houses the four differently sized bedrooms, their originally decorated adjacent bathroom and a play area.

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The large openings obtained through the use of post-tensed concrete slabs in building the structure and the choice of a highly mobile timber façade ventilation system serve to ensure a full connection between interior and exterior. Through this carefully controlled tension between the inside and the outside, the house becomes a veritable oasis of quiet and relaxation in the middle of a complex urban area.

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