Site info/tools
Select Language
Forgotten your password?          
Restoration project with landscape component wins prize at the Romanian Architecture Biennale
Centre for Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape in place of the "Water factory" in Suceava

An industrial architecture piece, 102 years old, won the prize in the restoration of built heritage section of the Romanian Architecture Biennale. In its new form, the structure is covered by green slopes, to enhance the dedication to promotion of landscape, along with architecture and urban culture.

Centre for Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape
Maria Bostenaru, 2012 / CC BY
Centre for Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape
1912 Suceava belonged to Bucovina, in the Austro-Hungarian empire. Among the infrastructure provided by the empire was water, and the now Centre for Architecture, Urban Culture and Landscape was then the so-called "water factory": a structure of two huge cylinders, about 1 m thick, out of unreinforced concrete.
2012 was bringing new life to the construction, after a series of events funded by the architects' order in that county. We had the occasion to participate at the symposium organised, and present the urban dimension of conversion of industrial architecture, mostly German examples, including the IBA Emscher Park. 10th of August, when it was the anniversary of the erection of the structure, a glass of water was dedicated to the new life, and Bucovina is a brand in the Romanian mineral water market.
The Jury of the 2014 Architecture Biennale judged that one of the merits of the conversion is that the cultural value increased from nearly zero to very high with the conversion. The previously separated cylinders have been united, and an entrance to them provided in a green slope as a roof above them.
Today the converted structure, author Constantin Gorcea, is house of cultural events, under the umbrella of its dedication as Centre for Architecture, Urban Culture, and Landscape. Staff involved in landscape teaching at the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism was involved in the event (Irina Cioangher).
More about the centre on its webpage:
The presentation of the prize:

Source of Report


[No Literature assigned yet]

Related Website(s):

previousprevious nextnext

17. Oct 2014
Reported by Maria BOSTENARU DAN


green roof system (en), green roof (en), water (en), green roof (en), Restoration (en), green roof (en)

Recent 'Garden restoration' Stories

The garden of the castle in Carei (Romania)

Events in the Central Park at the European Capital of Youth

Landscape setting for landscape workshops

Regeneration of the historical centre of Campulung

Bánffy castle and park as scene for events

Summer in Sinaia

New facilities in Herăstrău park

Teaching conservation of historical gardens

Dutch open garden day

Castles on Prahova valley

Japanese evening in Bucharest

Villa Minovici garden restoration

Villa Tugendhat travelling exhibition

New tea house in the park of Bran

Japanese gardens in Romania

Grandma's garden at the botanical garden in Bucharest

Botanical walks in the garden of the Károlyi palace in Fehérvárcsurgó