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.
The Traian Hall came to be in 1896, designed by the italian arhitect Giulio Magni, becoming the very heart of the area by its market function. In 2003 the marketplace has been relocated in a newly built industrial shed just across the street from the old one. This new market hall still serves the neighborhood today by continuesly being opened, regardless of the season. It has a surface of 516 sq m ; it doesn’t expand besides for commercial purposes, like other marketplaces. Inside it hosts 32 modular stalls, which along with 14 boxes that are located on the longer sides of the hall; all these configure the insular interior space by creating 2 corridors. The 14 merchants serve on average 30 customers per day. Their offer includes fresh groceries, household items, baked goods and fresh meat products. Today the historic Traian Hall accommodates a store belonging to the Mega Image supermarket chain.
Our project searched to resolve the lack of connectivity between the focal points of the neighborhood : the church, the current grocery market and the Traian Hall. We considered necessary, as a minimal ordering spatial gesture, the unification on a visual level of the large horizontal surface by a continuous and uniformly arranged pavement and joining the street with the sidewalk at the same level.
COLECTIV: Georgiana Budulan, Annamária Lakatos, Alexandra Seregi