Romanian Design Week 2014 / 01.06.2014

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Republic of Architects organised during Romanian Design Week 2014 a four day event "At home in the garden", dedicated to the garden and MoMi living module. The event was made visible as an installation in the main exhibition of the venue at Chamber of Commerce Palace, but took place in the garden from Calarasi street 40 around the living module. MoMi was presented as a completed structure, covered in transparent polyethylene. The visitors could see the interior of the small module and appreciate the new perspective that the house offers to the garden.
The visitors that were interested in living in a house with a courtyard, entered a space covered with wild plants and took part in different event. The first day was dedicated to introducing MoMi, followed by a free discussion. The site was visited by Şerban Ţigănaş, the president of the Architecture Chamber from Romania, in the context of the book that was about to be published by Simetria "Architects, Architecture and Cities". The second day was dedicated to learning how to enjoy a garden, no matter the age. The workshop de-a arhitectura gathered kids from 6 to 11 years to create a small garden from natural materials, around a miniature MoMi. Later, the yard turned into an outdoor cinema to present documentaries about tiny living. The third day was the day of gardening, the landscape specialists Diana şi Mihai Culescu from rpr birou de studii contemporane lectured about landscape as a cultural inheritance. Afterwards we learned to garden in the backyard of MoMi. The last day, part of the official event of the Night of the Architecture Offices, there was a party to end the 4 day event.

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Location: Calea Călăraşi 40, Bucureşti
Building suface: 12 m²
Total building surface: 14 m²
Structure: metall
Height: Parter
Users : 2 persons+2 kids
Programme: temporary installation
Status: completed

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Civil engineering: Tekno Euroconstruct
Team: Republic of Architects
Execution: TDG Construct

 

 

MoMi / 21.05.2014

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MoMi is a modular dwelling unit designed for living as much as possible outside the house itself. By its condensed form, MoMi occupies as little space as possible in order to foster delight of nature and connection to the space around. The garden becomes the board where the great living game happens, with specific furniture.

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Location: seaside / moutain side
Site surface: any plot bigger than 50m²
Building suface: 12 m²
Total building surface: 14 m²
Structure: metall
Height: Parter
Users : 2 persons+2 kids
Programme: casa de vacanta
Status: in constructie

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Civil engineering: Tekno Euroconstruct
Electrical, Low Voltage, Plumbling, HVAC:: Gabriel Popescu, Sergiu Stanica, Lucian Ionescu
Team: Republic of Architects

 

 

A library for the garden of MoMi / 13.08.2013

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The prototype of the library Plai (garden furniture) completes linving with the minimal module MoMi. The garden becomes the board where the great living game happens, with specific furniture.

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Programme: design prototype
Status: built 2013

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The prototype was realised with the support of EKERO Concept, d’or by Roxana Davidescu, Holver.

 

 

Plai / 13.05.2013

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PLAI (free in the garden) means sleeping under an acacia tree, having a picnic, to read and sleep under the moonlight. It is the essence of living in the garden.
It promotes a lifestyle that changes dramatically the strict limit of the house to the garden. Instead of a tough structure that allows one to admire what is outside, the house is outside. Habitation could become a board game that is extended to the whole garden. The game is made of more stable pieces and mobile pieces, that are placed in the yard and generate activities. The stable pieces are small enclosed spaces that offer minimal living cosines. the mobile ones are tables and chairs, bookcase, beds, shower, swing and many others. The spreading of the pieces in the garden makes places for considering the entire garden as yours: under the walnut, in the dew, close to the lilies, become moments to have breakfast or dinner, to take a nap and read, to discuss with friends or chat online.
The counterpart of the house in the garden is the Minimal Module - MoMi. MoMi is created in order to save resources for developing and maintenance. It is completely made of renewable materials and developed to be assembled in an workshop and then delicately placed on site. MoMi is a room of the house that you want to be closed and protected. On a field one can place one

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Republic of Architects

 

 

Phileas / 14.10.2012

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The potential of a modular house, surrounded by nature, is portrayed in Phileas’ Journey. Each module comprises minimal spaces that suggest exporting activities in the outside, unbuilt surroundings. Therefore objects such as the the well, the table or the courtyard bed, the swing or the tree house help to develop and populate the entire external space with activities that fall outside architectural programming.
Nature acts as infrastructure, but also as stimulus. While architectural delight is banned by the process of standardisation, the quality of space and living is regained through the use of nature. At the same time, the limitations of Utopic architecture, found in Phileas’ story, are used as instruments to reimagine the city.
The game «PLAI» was presented at the PechaKucha Night Bucuresti#8 event, on the 23rd of February 2012 and at the Bucharest Annual of Architecture 2012.
Phileas’ Journey was presented as a comic strip in the 4th issue of Arhitext journal, that was curated by Atelier Mass, under the theme Soft Utopias.
Republic of Architects participated at the 2012 Venice Biennale with the PLAI project for the Romanian Pavilion IRCCU which contained the HEAD UP! exhibition.

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Realisation: 2012

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Media coverage: Arhitext numărul 4 Iulie-August 2012,
Exhibition catalogue HEAD UP!, Bienalei de Arhitectura de la Veneţia 2012