UNStudio wins the competition for the design of a new residential area in Iași, Romania

UNStudio wins the competition for the design of a new residential area in Iași, Romania

UNStudio has been announced as the winner of the international competition “Un Iași pentru Viitor” for the design of a new residential area in the historic center of Iași, Romania. For this competition, organized by the company Iulius, four offices were invited to participate, Foster + Partners, MVRDV, UNStudio and Zaha Hadid Architects. The main challenge of the competition brief was to design a building that was well integrated into a complex urban environment marked by historical monuments from different eras, new archaeological discoveries, public spaces and open gardens. The winning proposal, entitled “Bridging Time, Bridging Communities”, aims to offer a coherent response to the particularities of the site.

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The complex will offer residential spaces as well as public facilities. The volumetric solution considers the skyline of the city and hopes to represent a subtle insertion. The lower levels are designed to allow pedestrian circulation through the development and to encourage connections from Sf. Andrei Quarter to Palace Square, one of the city’s most representative public spaces. The complex topography of the site was also a determining factor, as the various terraces help to create a green oasis in the center of the complex.

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The design of the new building is adapted to frame valuable vistas to the surrounding monuments. The axes defined by these perspectives also break down the body of the building into six volumes, further reinforcing the permeability of the development. The basic levels are dedicated to public facilities. This and the landscaped terraces help create an active public space for future residents and local communities.


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This is my fourth time visiting the city of Iași and I discover something new every time I come here. We have intensively studied the urban context to design a project that respects the historical monuments of the city. We have developed a sustainable project for the city and future generations and are honored to be part of this process. – Arjan Dingsté, director and senior architect at UNStudio

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The jury is composed of architects Șerban Țigănaș, Augustin Ioan, Dragoș Ciolacu, Mihai Corneliu Drișcu, Matei Bogoescu and historian Cătălin Turliuc, specialized in heritage conservation. The results of the competition will be presented at a public exhibition in Iași, open from June 30 to July 14, 2022.

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