Representatives of these architecture offices of the world’s most VIPs will present their solutions for a new development in the Saint Andrew district – Place des Cultures Palace, this is the final stage of the international architecture competition organized by IULIUS. The approach represents a double view of our country: This is the first time that a specialized international competition has been held with leading guests from world architecture and for the first time when these four architectural design houses are in a competition in Romania.
Professionals and the general public are invited to attend the presentation of the four office architects on the new development, but also about the cities of the future, during the “Future Cities” conference, organized in partnership with New Iasi Architecture (NIA), the debate club and information on the built space in Iași, SHARE Architects, Thursday, June 30 at 9:00 in the Dukes Hall at the Palace of Culture. Also, the proposed solutions will be presented to the public, between June 30 and July 14, 2022, at the Palace of Culture in Iai.
The competition is coordinated by a jury composed of historian Cătălin Turliuc and architects Șerban Țigănaș, Augustin Ioan, Dragoș Ciolacu, Mihai Corneliu Drișcu and Matei Bogoescu, who specialize in aspects of heritage, urbanism, contemporary architecture and public space capitalization.
The request to invite large architectural offices around the world arose as a result of public discussions in 2019 and consultations with specialists in all related fields, as well as the local community, which revealed the need to define a more complex topic, facilitating a solution that is as widely accepted as possible An area of historical and architectural significance. “I dare say that this moment can be very important for Yashi, even in turn. This can be a time to recover a certain dimension that has been lost or even never seen in the past decades. Of course, I mean architecture, which is part of the specific culture of a big city It defines itself and is seen as a cultural culture.No matter how much we wish new architecture to be local, produced by our avant-garde, we cannot deny the impact that a masterpiece can have, experiencing cultural fusion, importing perspective, knowledge, and adapting to local conditions. If we think about what has always happened in history, we see that, for the most part, the main moments, of stylistic shift, conceptual leap, were marked by such imports and mergers”, says Dr. Al-Qaws Serban Jejnas, head of the organizational team that prepared the competition standards and framework. Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Vice President and former President of the Architects’ Union of Romania, Serban Gjnas is one of the successful promoters of the Architecture Competition in Romania, with extensive experience on the juries of competitions and awards, both at home and abroad. “Exceptional architectural offices are invited, which our students study about in college, and which are present in the history of contemporary architecture with extraordinary achievements.”
Dr. Arc Mihai Dreshko, Professor at the Faculty of Architecture “GM Cantacuzino” at Gheorghe Asachi Technical University and a member of the jury completed: “Sir Norman Foster and the late Zaha Hadid are in the middle of the top 10 best architects of all time, and UNStudio and MVRDV are two of the world’s most famous architects, with amazing work, in their diversity and novelty.”
What criteria were presented to the contestants and how was community opinion integrated?
The challenges of competition are numerous, from the location of the site, in the zero center of the city, to the neighborhood that includes many heritage buildings. “The first point of difficulty is that it lies at the crossroads of the vision cones, which connect the famous monasteries of Iai on the hills, as well as other high points, with the principal monuments in the centre, and in whose periphery lies. As such, they are intersected and cut by these vision cones. The second challenge is how to incorporate the new proposal into the overall picture of the place, because it has to relate to a number of impressive buildings, with a remarkable character and important to the image of Yash.The other challenge is that at the end of the perspective of the Civic Center axis, which was never completed , so this project comes to the conclusion of a process that began, but was never completed.”says Dr. Architect Mati Bogoscu, member of the jury and vice-president of the Architects’ Association of Romania.
The competition criteria were drawn up following discussions and public consultations that took place on this site in 2019, and then, in 2021, through the online public consultation Yash For the Future. “Then I gathered many opinions from committees on culture and urbanism and specialists, but also from a community that rightly sees this place as a very familiar and important area of the past. I filtered them and incorporated them into the competition theme. An example of this is the report to the Three Archpriests Church, Then the relationship of scale and location to the Palace of Culture, which is the symbol of Iasi and is located at the end of the important axis that runs from Kubo to the Palace. The square of culture is downtown. We wanted a balance between this and the new proposal, as well as a harmonious dialogue between the proposals and the current proposal.”Architect Matti Bogoscu completed.
How difficult is it to bring contemporary architecture into a dialogue with the current heritage?
university professor. Dr. Cătălin Turliuc, historian, researcher Gram. I and the Head of the Department of the Romanian Academy, Institute of History “AD Xenopol” Iasi, see what its competitors are proposing to be a great challenge, given the location of the site in the historical district of Iasi, in a space dominated by 221 historical sites, 15 archaeological sites, three of which are in progress. “This challenge is to combine tradition and progress, to achieve an important building, symbolic of the century in which we live, so that the historical monuments that revolve around this future building, in turn, do not lose their luster. Moreover, to add symbolic capital to this new development.”
The new building will continue the series of archaeological works with historical and architectural reference in the city center, through a contemporary vision, respecting the context of the historical heritage and the topographical characteristics of the site, and will integrate and highlight the archaeological remains recently discovered on the site, presenting a sustainable contemporary solution that anticipates and generates the necessary transformation of the nearby public spaces .
“The four companies participating in the competition represent four of the most important trends in global architecture”
Referring to the expectations he has from this competition, Augustin Ioan, Architect, Professor at Ion Minko University of Architecture in Bucharest and member of the Architecture Competition Jury, sees that: “Iai has what other cities in Romania do not have: we call it star architecture today. It is a work of Gustave Eiffel (Grand Hotel Traian). It is hoped that after the ongoing international competition of architecture with guests, it will also acquire a prestigious signature collection and set the tone for a renovation Radical for the way it was designed and built in the country.Obviously it shouldn’t be a building too tall or a building that overshadows heritage buildings, but it shouldn’t be boring either, but it should be a heritage element of the future.It shouldn’t rival the Palace of Culture, but to be in dialogue.
With this approach, Iași has an opportunity to put himself on the map of modern architecture, another jury member, Dragoș Ciolacu believes: “There is a great interest in contemporary architecture among tourism options, equal to an interest in historical heritage, and even if we are only talking about this aspect, Yash gains an important advantage over other arguments”. Dragoș Ciolacu is an architect, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture “GM Cantacuzino” at Iași Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” and at the Doctoral School of Architecture at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. “My expectations bear a note of selfishness, because I want to be contemporary with an architectural achievement that will mark the next century, as do buildings close to the site. Specifically, our expectations must be reduced to the work of the concrete future, which will change the paradigm of the modern concept. What Iulius does from During this investment is the acquisition of a modern legacy business, for the benefit of the community.”
What does this competition mean to Yasi and Romania?
Reflecting on the community’s reaction to future proposals to build an architectural ensemble in the St. Andrew district, architect Augustin Ewan urges the residents of Iai to: “Give this being a chance to add and update, because surely with this distinctive group, Iaşi cuts off its tail and sits in the foreground. This opportunity calls into question what kind of pact was made and not respected. Namely: Iaşi, the cultural capital of Romania. It is a gain that can be obtained It will change the unhappy relationship that public spaces have with real estate development. The city has a chance to come out of its slumber, and Romania is gaining world-class architecture.”
Architect Matti Bogoscu: “We often lack confidence that we can really make a significant contribution to the history of the place in which we live. We have the impression that the best examples of what can be done are exhausted or belong to the past and that our generation, the present, cannot make something good, something that guarantees continuity. We want the solutions to demonstrate that there can be continuity in Iaşi at the level of transmission of architectural discourse from the past, through the present, to the future. We expect a new model for the production of architecture for Romania, on a large scale, but also for Iasi, in particular. At the same time, we expect A very good solution at the urban level, which will meet the challenges, succeed in becoming attractive and bring together, in a happy way, different areas of the city, to have the potential to become a landmark in Iaşi, contemporary, respecting the highest standards in terms of sustainability.”
The four solutions proposed by Foster + Partners, MVRVD, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid Architects will be on display in the main hall of the Palace of Culture, between 30 June and 14 July 2022, visiting schedule Tuesday to Sunday, between 10.00 and 17.00, admission is free.