Architectural Coefficient / 08.06.2010

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CofA is a study that relies on a simple observation: the development of cities is based on a system of rules that may come into conflict with the architect’s desire for formal innovation, or at least to his freedom to form. In Bucharest, the main urban rules are expressed as limitations of CUT (the area of the building), POT (the surface of the plot occupied by the building) and H (the building’s height). The conjunction of these three factors generates an extruded polygon i.e. zero possibility to interpret an architectural programme by twisting the built form. In this context, we ask for the introduction of a new coefficient into the urban legislation regarding architectural design – CofA (architectural coefficient).
In contrast to POT, CUT, etc., CofA is a coefficient for architectural freedom regarding built form. It expresses itself as a percentage of the total built area to be built on a plot (CofA=20%CUT). As such, it uses the traditional rules that confine the architectural practice to ascertain the opposite of a rule – a space of formal freedom. CofA also supposes a professional promise for architectural and urban quality as opposed to a system of rules that only governs the quantity of built space in the city.

Status: published
Completed: 2010

Team: arh. Emil Burbea, arh. Oana Iacob (Coarfă), arh. Alexandra Liţu, arh. Radu Ponta