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The Garden House, Cluj-Napoca

On one of the extremely attractive slopes of the new Borhanci neighbourhood in Cluj-Napoca, Romania we imagined together with the owners, a place for them and their two children – a place that does not stand out by shape, a place seated discreetly in context, but able to turn inwards in a way that connects all the spaces of the house, as a home must do. The main space which acts as a magnet and concentrates all the functions around it, has a multipurpose role here: an indoor garden that is at the same time a welcome space, a dining space and a playground among the branches, encompassing the whole interior and penetrating into all areas of the house, attracting at the same time those who come from outdoor. This green core full of light breaks and connects at the same time a minimal and restrained volume, playing with human curiosity to explore and know the entire building.

What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
The biggest quality of the project is the minimal, restrained volume of the house that seats discreetly in the context and turns inward with it’s unique indoor garden which acts as a magnet and concentrates all the functions around it.

Credits

Architecture
SQM Architecture

Lead architects
Ferencz Bakos, Cristian Urcan

Coarchitects
Andreea Morarescu, Cosmin Morarescu, Vlad Oniga

Structural Engineers
Paul Vultur, Gorgo Construct

MEP Design
Allplan; Florin Sacalis

Landscape Design
Levente Fecso

Client
Private

Year of completion
2019

Location
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Total area
510,29 m2

Site area
2.076 m2

Photos
Cosmin Dragomir

Project Partners

General PRO Construct, Ruukki Romania, Sto.ro, MITON Cucine Italy, Living Divani Italy, Ideea Group, VS Bespoke Furniture s.r.l., Focus – Atelier Dominique Imbert, Arketipo Firenze, Living Divani Italy, BAXTER SRL, FLOS Societa’ Per Azioni, mafi Italia S.R.L., Schüco, Miele Romania, Harman/Kardon, Denon

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