House with 4 Palms

Tudor Vlăsceanu

Patio COAR – Concéntrico 08

 

Architecture has the power to define the way we comprehend and relate to our environment. Built form generates a world in itself and each time, it installs a new system of reference that allows us to extract, make sense and experience fragments of our reality.

HOUSE WITH 4 PALMS sits in the middle of the garden COAR. It fills up the empty space of the Garden with an unusual volume. From far, the massive, mostly opaque, almost symmetric, dark object is autonomous. It is an ideal object. Its character is unperturbed and mysterious.

From inside, a new dimension is revealed. The space is defined by four large planes leaning on each other inwardly. The structure assists this fragile equilibrium. The interior feels compressed by the exterior. There is an act of resistance that allows a different reading of reality.

The space opens up only towards the 4 Palms and the sky. These living fragments of context are weaved and bound together, essentially informing the experience of the interior space. While from the inside the object explains itself, it is from here that an abstracted new exterior appears, causing us to imagine.

A deliberate exception, the only element that breaks this self referential device is the half circle opening towards North. This window follows a different formal vocabulary, resonating to a different, yet higher or not necessarily known order.

Tudor Vlăsceanu

Tudor Vlăsceanu (b. 1981) studied architecture at the Technical University Cluj, University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” Bucharest and at the Technical University Delft.

From 2007, he worked for OMA – Rem Koolhaas and since 2009, he started running his own projects, either individually or through collaborations.

Over the years, Tudor has lived and worked in Berlin, Oslo, Dubai, Rotterdam and later Bucharest, where he co-founded TEGMARK, a visualization company and where, since 2020, he has started his own architectural practice.

The first completed project was the Romanian Pavilion at the 12th Venice Biennale curated by Kazuyo Sejima, a competition won with the collective UNULAUNU. Other important projects are House G – a rammed earth house near Bucharest, the New Urban Center for Triennale Milano and the Embassy of Kuwait in Bucharest – invited competitions, “A Big Table” – exhibition design for Romanian Design Week and the extension of a school in Davos, Switzerland. Currently, Tudor is working on a project for the Headquarters of a tech company, which will be completed in 2022.

At the same time, Tudor was part of various international exhibitions, publications and workshops. He has been involved in the academic field, guest teaching at University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu”, University of Kassel, Peter Behrens School of Arts, Düsseldorf and Porto Academy.

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