credits: Alexandru Muntean | Adriana Caraza | David Stancu
special thanks: Catalin Caraza | Simina Stan | Lavinia Popica
Initially a much more clear and coherent building, with well-defined wide-open spaces, as seen from historical documents, through time the palace has suffered a lot of interventions that clattered its spaces and functionality. We want to restore the original spatial quality that the edifice had and gently insert a series of contemporary interventions that carefully blend in modern spatial perspectives with historical heritage. One of the first interventions was to clean up the whole inner courtyard space and cover it up with a ETFE membrane supported by a lightweight steel structure that gives way to a large clear atrium space. Redesigning this space by carefully taking into consideration the natural slope of the terrain and making a few essential cuts that highlight the main piece – Trajan`s Column – and connect it with both the atrium as well as the related exhibition that surrounds it and seamlessly develop itself down to the first basement.