Anton Pann Memorial House by Constantin Goagea, Justin Baroncea with Zeppelin Design studio; Romania

Anton Pann is a special character: he is considered to be a point of reference of the Romanian poetic language, and a very charismatic artist. The mid-19th century Bucharest house he lived in is now transformed into a permanent, interactive exhibition, focused on experiencing his personality and creativity.

Each room on the ground floor has a main theme: the biography and the literary and political context, the relationship with the art of music, his activity as an editor and printer; there is also a space for the book illustrations inspired by his writings. The cellar remains a meeting place with the few books Anton Pann dedicated to the topic of alcohol.

From the animation-creating installations (the zoetrope and the praxinoscope) to the cart crossing Pann’s biography, to the bottles that need taking out of their rack to read the label, or to the gear that needs rotating to read a really long poem, the design creates new situations and speculates on the visitors’ curiosity, encouraging them to enter a downright physical relationship with the world of Anton Pann.

Link to the article in Zeppelin magazine

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?

We invite people to role-play session: being Anton Pann by immersion in his real house and his fantastic, rich imagination world. It is a poetic, experience design project – visitors of the museum get not just new information, but genuine and fascinating live experiences. The low-tech installations trigger curiosity and emotional involvement by offering a touch of the atmosphere and artistic life of Bucharest from 19th century.

About the authors

Zeppelin Association, founded in 2008 in Bucharest by architects Cosmina Goagea, Constantin Goagea and Stefan Ghenciulescu, is a platform of communication and action active in the South-Eastern Europe and at international level. Zeppelin edits a monthly magazine, organizes conferences, workshops, exhibitions, debates, competitions, carries out publishing projects, research and critical reflection in architecture and creative industries, and is involved in urban interventions and strategies for a sustainable city development.

Zeppelin Design is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Bucharest that brings together a series of architects and designers whose work and interests cover a broad spectrum of subjects – from architecture, interior and object design, curatorial and editorial practice, to 3D presentations, animations and interaction design, and especially design for exhibitions and museum shows. It is managed by architects Constantin Goagea and Justin Baroncea.

Text provided by the authors of the project.


Authors of design and curatorial concept: Constantin Goagea, Justin Baroncea; co-authors of design: Anastasia David Limona, Alexandru Condrea; Zeppelin Design studio

National Museum of Romanian Literature

Year of completion

Bucharest, Romania

Total area
200 m2

Andrei Margulescu

Project Partners

OK Atelier s.r.o., MALANG s.r.o.

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