Radu Tîrcă and Ștefania Hîrleață are students at University of Architecture and Urbanism 'Ion Mincu', Bucharest. At present, they lead their theoretical research on the subject of thermal towns and diploma projects in Govora Baths under the guidance of Stefan Simion, Irina Tulbure and Ilinca Paun Constantinescu. As students, they won second prize and best student project in a BeeBreeders international architecture competition - Mango Vynil Hub, third prize in a Zeppelin national competition - Prototip pentru comunitate, as well as other mentions in other competitions.
Our proposal aims to bring back the typical atmosphere of a marketplace, atmosphere which has been forgotten at the Gemeni market, in the context of the arrival of the supermarkets and due to the urbanistic changes that have occured here.
Our goal is to integrate the empty space that is now used as a car park and transform it into a multiple use area, a place for fairs or events, thus creating a stronger connection between the market and the street.
In our attempt to preserve the same interior atmosphere, our intervention is as humble as possible: the ground floor is heightened in order to give the building a sort of dignity and we established a hierarchy of the retail areas. In the two main volumes of the shed we arranged the fresh produce stalls, assigning the spaces in the block at the back to the selling of other products. The limited first floor extension is dedicated to the administrative offices and some accomodation for the merchants.
A detail we considered important is the gable roofing system. The skylight and the glass façade ensure that the interior is conveniently lit. The central strip is glazed right above the circulation, so that there’s no risk of over-heating and direct sunlight over the stalls.
TEAM: Alex Folea, Diana Ghervas, Laurentiu Botoaca.