The project is the result of the Waiting for Revival Competition organised by the client Transylvania Trust aiming to transform the spaces of the castle into ateliers for the restoration workshops held here each summer.

The brief required not to intervene onto the existing historical structure in order to carry out a full restoration at a later date. Consequently, the design was conceived using a set of independent installations.



The design aims to bring back spacial qualities belonging to the castle in its original form. The existing spaces were functionalised for the Arts and Crafts Workshops and at the same the goal was to give the former ruin a sense of place. The collapsed vaults were recreated using a lighting installation consisting of a series of light bulbs hanged from the ceiling. The smaller space of the main hall was designed with intimacy in mind. The work area’s installations make the space functional for metal and carpentry workshops and at the same time illuminate the distinctive features of the space. All the pieces were built on site by local craftsmen and volunteer students during the two week long arts and crafts workshop held at the castle at the end of August 2016.








Authors: Norma Arhitectura; Fleșeriu Alexandru, Péter Eszter
Photos: Fleșeriu Alexandru
Client: Transylvania Trust
Year of completion: 2016
Location: Bonțida, Romania
Surface: 220 m2


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