The latest ELLE Decoration issue continues the presentation of the urban regeneration topic with a discussion about One Herăstrău Towers development with part of the team of architects from X Architecture & Engineering - Marius Călin together with Mariana Turcu and Sibila Popovici.
Benefiting from a great location at the confluence of two large residential areas in northern Bucharest, the ensemble was designed as a gateway to the city, meant to restore in Aviației district an area abandoned for over 30 years, which was the ruin of a massive, ruined structure from the 1990s, which the developer demolished. For this reason, the urban regeneration model was based on mixed-use development, activating in addition to the residential area, a commercial and office component, thus reviving a discontinuous urban area.
The unfinished structure that was here before One Herăstrău Towers became a case study at the construction faculty in terms of demolition technique / project.
"When entering this district in Bucharest, we had this abandoned building, which had bizarrely become a landmark known to all Bucharest residents. (...) It was natural for the demolition action to arouse the interest - not only of the inhabitants but also of the specialized community. The building to be demolished had never been completed, and construction stopped in the early 1990s with the resistance structure. It was necessary to respect some basic principles: not to affect the nearby buildings, not to pollute the environment and, obviously, to ensure the safety and health of people, throughout the operations",
say the architects.
The full story in the latest ELLE Decoration issue.