Museum of Romanian Literature

by Silvia-Loredana Cireașă from “G. M. Cantacuzino” Architecture Faculty, Technical University of Iași, Romania
Tutored by: Dragoș Ciolacu

Author comments:

The chosen area serves as a representative sample for the notion of “mahala”, having the status of “area with maximum degree of protection”. With a traditional and structuring route, the area consists of constructions and characteristic spaces for diffuse historic fabric, defined by densified and gradual replacement - but not homogeneous - of built background; this allows framing a museistic space both interior and exterior, where the temporal factor is suspended while the mental space is activated. My choice is strengthened by the expanding cultural itinerary of the city that transgresses the “old town” boundaries to (re)discover forgotten parts of the city.
At an urban scale, my proposal suggests unity through form and material identity, maximizing the existing values. The old pathway system is implemented, so that the main entrance in the proposed museum corresponds with the footprint of the main entrance of the demolished edifice.
Regarding the volumetric approach, my proposal takes further the height differences through connection formulas, which enrolls in the scale defined by the surrounding edifices. The exterior is subordinated to the content frame and pleads for externalizing, whereas the interior ambiance is centered towards the fluidity of the museum itinerary. The composition is molded on the concept of REAL-BRIDGE-IMAGINARIUM, where the exhibitions are organized according to literary motifs/genres and gravitate towards a main multifunctional garden.

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