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HOME | any | more | ? – The Bucharest Triennale’s Catalogue, East and Central European Architecture, the 3rd Edition, 2019

The Bucharest Triennale's Catalogue


p. 8 Bogdan Ghiu

HOME | any | more | ?


p. 10 Arpad Zachi
About the un-chanting and re-chanting of «home»

Dacă dezbaterile actuale sunt dominate (generic vorbind) de fenomenele de instabilitate și insecuritate politică – demografică și socială, economică și financiară – precum și de efectele și tensiunile introduse de acestea, care sunt resimțite din plin și de/în contextul cultural contemporan, despre problemele și consecințele / impactul «mutațiilor» din modul nostru de viață și locuire se discută prea puțin. Dacă ne uităm la revistele de specialitate, acestea chiar par să fie ascunse sub preș, deși la nivel cultural constatăm și putem vorbi de căutări și tendințe opuse / contradictorii / paradoxale, atât la nivelul direcțiilor de abordare, cât și la nivelul zonelor în care se încearcă (re)folmularea unor noi paradigme.

Tema ACASĂ|oriunde|nicăieri|? pune problema memoriei și a identității noastre individuale și/sau de grup, a memoriei și specificității locului si, bine-nțeles, a poveștii și a individualității casei noastre. Ne-am dorit și am sperat ca expozițiile tematice să reprezinte un spațiu ontic și ontologic care îi va ajuta pe participanți să (re)cunoască rădăcinile antropologice ale locuirii (ale fiecăruia dintre noi), care, în mod conștient sau nu, ne ghidează în tot ce simțim, percepem, gândim și scriem.

If current debates are dominated (generally speaking) by the instability and political uncertainty phenomena – demographic and social, economic and financial – as well as its effect and the tensions created by it, which are fully experienced by/in the contemporary cultural context, about the problems and consequences / impact of the «mutations» of our lifestyle and way of living, are too little discussed about. If we take a look at the specialized magazines, they seem to actually be hidden under the carpet, even though at a cultural level we acknowledge and can talk about opposite / contradictory / paradox searches and tendencies, both at the level of difference of approach, but also at the level of the areas where new paradigms are in the trial of being (re)formulated.

The theme HOME|any|more|? raises the issue of memory and of our individual and/or group identity, of the memory and specificity of the place, and, of course, of our story and the individuality of our home.
We have wished and hoped that thematic exhibitions will represent an ontic and ontological space which will help its participants to know (again) the anthropological roots of living (of each of us), which consciously or not, guide us in everything we feel, perceive, think and write.


p. 16 Bogdan Ghiu
House Odissey. Home Utopia

«Home» is obviously one’s own house (if possible «on the ground» and their own property), but we all want to feel «like home» everywhere (thus not only when we are at «home»): among strangers and in public spaces, on our free time and in the places where we exercise our (re)productive activity.
«Home» is above all a sensation, a feeling – and we want to have the feeling of «home» anywhere, everywhere. «Home» is the quasi-paradisiac, amniotic possibility of relaxation in a controlled environment: holiday.

It so tragically happens that the wish and will of «home» does not, most often than not, generate (at least) a vision of a common world, where we could all feel «(like) home», but that the «home» of each one of us wishes to exclude, to eliminate the «home» of others. The world can mean «home» just for some. The others, we do not even want to tolerate as we would a poor relative. «Let them go!» or even better, let them not come at all. «Let them stay (go) home!»

In the ex-«common house of Europe» that knew how to celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall as an epochal moment 30 years ago, the immigrant flux, banished today from home (strictly speaking) and made to look for a substitute home has no place anymore: we can’t feel at «home» all together, at sixes and sevens! After the fall of interior walls that disfigured the «home», we need impregnable exterior walls (or at least fences) to surround our legitimate «home» of their wish of «home», which does not concern us. Thirty years after the wise destruction of the Wall that «demolished» Europe, we build smaller but just as destructive walls out of its ruins that we kept as holy relics.

HOME | any | more | ?

Houses on the Ground

The title tries to capture the need and deep aspiration that man has always had, to feel part of his natural and built-up context, to be able to take communion in and with his social and cultural environment. This category also includes these house projects that are particularly called «households», «houses with yards», «individual or single-family dwellings», «villas» etc. and which benefit from a piece of land, either smaller or larger, either in an urban or rural setting, or in a natural one – by the lake, in the forest, in the mountains or in an agricultural setting – , which is strictly personal property and for personal use.


Arpad Zachi


p. 26 n `on A d.o.o.
Country House Konstari


House in Pribîlovo


p. 30 Lantavos Projects
Kampos House


House in Roschino


The Black House in the Countryside


p. 36 a 69 Architekti
A Prototype of a Family House


p. 38 MIOLK
Ants House

MIOLK, Ants House, photograph: Laurian Ghinițoiu

p. 40 Biuro Toprojekt
Red House


p. 42 DDAANN Architects
The House Outside the Village


Studio House


p. 46 DDAANN
House Over the Backyard


p. 48 Andreescu & Gaivoronschi


p. 50 Architectural Design Studio Branka Juras
Jerini House


p. 52 dekleva gregorič architects
Chimney House


The Concrete


Shatura House


p. 58 Outline Architecture Office
Single family House – Tolstoi Street


House for W


G3 House


LAMA ARHITECTURA, G3 House, photographs: Radu Malașincu

p. 64 PLURAL
House in a House


p. 66 Medprostor
House Hribljane


p. 68 Gregorc Vrhovec Arhitekti

Gregorc Vrhovec Arhitekti, HOUSE CELOV ŠKA 01, photographs: Damjan Švarc

p. 70 Neoarhitekti

Villa Pavlović


p. 72 ArchitectureUncomfortable Workshop
Casă pentru o familie tânără


p. 74 Architect ure UncomfortableWorkshop

House for a Young Family

Houses Above Houses

Either by being in an old, architecturally and historically rich neighbourhood, or in an «impossible» living space, in Romania, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina or Russia, these projects convey a certain relating to the territory around and try to build on the neighbourhood traits. The means by which interventions have seized context vary: wide windows contributing to the urban experience on the inside, extending the inner apartment space to the outside by the means of terraces, strong limits and cuts scaled to the street and city, retaining a chaotic layout within the street network by fragmentation and rupture of the well-defined perimeter, advances and retreats of volume by different heights in order to grasp the building sequentially. On the other hand, this list is continued by architectural approaches from Serbia and Slovakia which assume a rupture from the surroundings and where we rather see the contrasting positioning to the existent or adapting the apartments to a previous structure.


Livia Ionescu


p. 76 ADNBA
Londra Housing


p. 78 Audrius Ambrasas Architects
Mickevičiaus 5


Apartment house on the street Burdenko


Wave Housing


p. 82 Studio Simovi ć
N1 Housing


p. 84 Studio Simovi ć
N8 Housing


p. 86 Atrium Architekti
Mill Humenné


Living without a car


Gertrudes 121


Bremer Punkt


p. 94 Studio Vlay Streeruwitz
Performative Brise-Soleil


p. 96 ADNBA
Occidentului 40

ADNBA, Occidentului 40, photographs: Laurian Ghinițoiu


The fascination we have today for white, minimalist interiors – where does it come from? How many things in an apartment/a house are too few? When it comes to colour, how little is too little?
When we get attached to things why is that? When we take them home, where do they fit so as not to disturb the order of our small interiors?
Joy — how do you imagine it? Grey or coloured? Ordered or disorderly? What about the joy of getting home?


(The Narrator)
One day I was looking for an image with a less orderly, inspiring interior. Without a trend-defining keyword to lean on, what I found on Google was not what I was searching for. It seemed as if all the inspiration I could find was order in the domestic environment. Thus I decided to have a break, get out of my office-house, take a breath of fresh air and inspiration from unknown people outside my home.


Andreea-Livia Ivanovici


p. 102 DDAANN & Mjölk architects
Guest Apartment


p. 104 Studio Bazi
Designer’s Flat


Menchuks Apartment


p. 108 YCL Studio
Bazillion Apartment


p. 110 HEIMA architects
Flat in Black


p. 112 Plaini and Karahalios Architects
Apartment in Korydallos


p. 114 VINKLU


p. 116 NA NO WO Architekci
Brzeg Dolny


p. 118 IDwhite
Minimalistic industrial loft


p. 120 Ruetemple
Family House


p. 122 Marra Group


p. 124 STUDIO A-SH
Apartment for a musician


p. 126 coll coll
Dancer Pad

It Has (Not) Been a Home 

Faced with global conditions, where precariousness and austerity constrain architecture, we can only wonder: how are we going to build sustainably? And, sometimes, we decide not to build some more. Not to encourage the conditions which create precariousness, but to redistribute and reuse abandoned spaces. Not to build fortresses of the memory, but to wipe them out. For this purpose, conversion is the most accessible form of sustainability. And, together with the change in destiny and destination of an architectural object, together with establishing the connections creating a «home», the identity of a place does not only receive a meaning, but it also transmits it further on.
A meaning which is superior, one might think, to the one of «home», because the common search for an ethical architecture is at stake here. How do we build without building?


Ilinca Pop


p. 130 AMUNT


p. 132 Madritsch + Pfurtscheller
House Moser

Madritsch + Pfurtscheller, House Moser, photos: Wolfgang Retter

p. 134 smartvoll


Studio Loft


p. 138 Carmen Tănase
The Round House


Water Tower Rehabilitation in Potsdam


p. 142 JRKVC


p. 144 Béres Architects

Niczky Apartment


p. 146 IDwhite
Minimalistic industrial loft


p. 148 dnk -ag
Rassvet Loft Renovation

The Home Away from Home

In other words, I can say, and I do not think I exaggerate too much, that today’s habitation has lost or is losing one of its important, spiritual / cultural / sensitive dimensions, remaining only with the functional and social one. Precisely this loss of this dimension that transforms a house into a home for each of us is, in fact, the real motivation of the searches and attempts that the projects in this section of the exhibition are endeavouring, even if, most of the times, unconsciously, they are hidden / masked by fashionable concepts and terms or political correctness concerns.


Arpad Zachi


p. 152 BIO‑architects


p. 153 Lime studio

DOC – Temporary Floating House


p. 154 SO?
Hope on Water


p. 155 Sue Architekten
The Enchanted Shed


p. 156 OVIDIU MICȘA, Vlad Gaivoronschi
The Dining Pavilion


p. 157 COLL COLL & daddiesv é




The Cabin


p. 160 Atelier 111 Architekti
Cottege Near a Pond


Into the Wild


Cabin on the Border


p. 163 OFIS, C+C, C28
Living Unit on Ljubljana Castle


Glass House


p. 165 AB CHVOYA
House With a Chandelier

AB CHVOYA, House With a Chandelier, photographs: Alexey Naroditsky, Ekaterina Chernysheva


Winter Cabin on Mount Kanin


Forced Migration

HASAN CENK DERELI, Forced Migration, photograph: Hasan Cenk Dereli


The fascination toward set-ups stems as well from the inability to say with certainty what the intention behind each of them is. The set-up is, without a doubt, a game. Stricto sensu it is a staging, which implicitly involves the presence of several categories of elements. A stage, something placed on it, by someone, for someone else. An almost unlimited quantity of nuances follows. Of the four categories of elements, the stage is probably the only essential one, because without it, the very idea of a set-up would disappear.


Dana Milea


It was not by hazard that I chose the term «stagings» for this series of projects selected for the exhibition, but because it communicates so well the tension between its two usages. This tension raises questions, builds uneasiness, frustration, even angst, that we feel when we try to understand what the «cave» we live in and we call «home» still is / represents to us.


Arpad Zachi


p. 172 Arch Studio 314
Les Lumieres a la Campagne


p. 174 Jereb in Budjaarhitekti
Mother’s Home Ljubljana


p. 176 VoN M
Children and Family Center


p. 178 Kraus Schönberg Architects
Kinderkreisel Hamburg


p. 180 re :a.c.t
House *L


p. 182 Madritsch Pfurtscheller
Haus Wolf


Madritsch Pfurtscheller, HAUS WOLF, photograph: Nikolaus Schletterer

Living Space


p. 186 COLL COLL


p. 188 BIRO


p. 192 Arpad Zachi
Our House, Yesterday and Today


p. 194 Ștefan Vianu
The Thing and the Place – a Tale


p. 204 Andreea-Livia Ivanovici
Living Together, Europe, America, Asia, Australia


p. 208 Doru O. Comşa
Nature’s Nature


p. 214 Ionuţ Butu

Houses of (the) Earth


p. 216 Mihai Zachi
Superficial mise en thème


p. 224 Arpad Zachi
About Shifts and Disposals


p. 228 Mihai Pienescu
Architecture sociale, une architecture emphatique


p. 230 Bogdan Ghiu
In the Mirror’s Cave


p. 234 Vaughn Horsman
Thoughts About Nowhere


p. 236 Vaughn Horsman
Invisible City


p. 238 Aki Inomata
Why Not Hand Over A «Shelter» To Hermit Crabs?


p. 240 Julia Stafford & Kimbal Bumstead

Nomadic Revolutions: Art and Belongings in Mongolia

(My) Home

p. 244 Arpad Zachi
(my) HOME

While the main thematic exhibition HOME|any|more|? from the Bucharest Triennale presents a series of projects completed in the last three years in twenty five countries in Central and Eastern Europe, aiming to draw a series of trends / lines of force / preferences / options and aspirations of the house model and the way of dwelling, the (my) HOME exhibition aims to bring to our attention, in a complementary way, an alternative approach to housing. This alternative approach is related to the vernacular character of the once-specific habitat, both in the urban and rural European contexts, both in what concerns lifestyle and the physical (architectural and urbanistic) context and especially in what concerns the way of thinking about it. Although the vernacular character seems to be slowly fading and more and more difficult to identify in most of Europe, it seems to be revived in other parts of the world – particularly in the emerging ones. Architecture of home is marked by a specific sensitivity in what concerns the place / the cultural, geographical, climatic, historical, social etc. context, in which the formal and stylistic explorations of architectural syntax are rather silent echoes and mild references to some globalizing current trends.


p. 246 AUÁ arquitetos
Vila Pedreira


p. 248 CRU! Architects
Guesthouse Paraty


p. 251 Silvia Acar Arquitetura
Chalet L


p. 253 abarca +palma
Modular House 01


p. 256 Albor Arquitectos
Casa Soporte


p. 259 AL BORDE
House of the Flying Beds


AL BORDE, House of the Flying Beds, photograph: JAG Studio


p. 261 DEOC Arquitectos
Plan B Guatemala


Tolsá 61


p. 266 Grupo Culata Jovái
Ilona House


p. 268 Grupo Culata Jovái
Pa´ í Ñu


p. 270 Biocons Architects
MS House Renovation and Reform


p. 272 Biocons Architects
Minimum Housing II


p. 274 Shulin Architectural Design
Mountain House in Mist


p. 276 studio_GAON
Lucia’s Garden


studio_GAON, Lucia’s Garden, photograph: Youngchae Park

p. 280 Biome Environmental Solutions
Arvindh and Priya’s House


p. 282 Gay uh Budi Utomo
The Obsolete House – Omah Amoh


p. 285 H&P Architects
S Space


p. 287 Nghia-Architect
Maison A


Nghia-Architect, Maison A, photograph: Tuan Nghia Nguyen

p. 290 Nghia-Architect
Maison T


p. 292 PK Arkitektar
Vacation Cottages


p. 294 PK Arkitektar
Vacation Cottages


p. 296 Aires Mate us
Casas na Areia

Aires Mateus, Casas na Areia, photograph: Aires Mateus

p. 298 Lioz Arquitetura
4 Houses in Graça


p. 300 NPS Arquitetos
Estúdio C


p. 302 Luís Peixoto
Coura House

p. 304 García-Durán & Equipo

Arimon House


p. 306 IDwhite
Musico Iturbi


p. 308 Roberto Di Donato Architecture


p. 312 Studio Andrew Trotter
Villa Castelluccio


p. 314 Studio Andrew Trotter
Villa Cardo

Curatorial board

p. 317 Bogdan Ghiu, Arpad Zachi, Vladimir Vinea


p. 318 Mihai Zachi, Dana Milea, Ilinca Pop, Andreea-Livia Ivanovici

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