Located in the only residential building built after December on Unirii Boulevard in Bucharest, Downtown Fusion is primarily a subdivision of a studio apartment into a two-room studio apartment. In a total area of 50 m2, of which 8 m2 terrace, it is composed of a 5.5 m2 bathroom and an open space that includes the access hall, kitchen, living room and bedroom, the latter two being separated by a glazing of glass on metal structure. Taking this work from the red construction stage of the entire building, we allowed ourselves to partially keep the apparent concrete ceiling (in the living room and bathroom), its appearance being extremely pleasant after pouring the tiles. Given this aspect, I continued to choose the rest of the finishes in the slightly brutalist style. The parquet is a layered one, with apparent knots and even accentuated with black bitumen, and its surface only oiled. At the bathroom level, we opted for the integral cladding of both the floor and the walls with terrazzo, a finish that contrasts and at the same time completes in an interesting way its apparent concrete ceiling. The only color, other than the natural ones of the materials, present in the whole house is green. We can find it at the level of the wallpaper purchased from Murals Wallpaper placed on the wall at the head of the bed, as well as the sofa in the living room. The latter I chose to be made of velvet, a precious material such as brass from the suspended bodies of the kitchen and which contradicts all the brutality I talked about earlier, a conflict that only arouses the user’s curiosity even more. I think this is the most interesting conceptual element of the whole arrangement, the conflict between brutalist and precious materials, materials that I took care to place one in the immediate vicinity of the other to accentuate the contrast.
Cristiana Zgripcea, Alexandru Morar
Year of completion
Top Design Construct, Zen Mob Design, Delta Studio, Osmyum, The Home, Urbanna