In the last twelve years, the County Council of the Transylvanian City of Brasov pursues a series of punctual restorations of its remaining medieval walls, towers and bastions.
In 2008, the abandoned Drapers Bastion was also to be restored, covered by a roof and transformed into an indoor cafe. We persuaded the County Council to change the brief and to install an info center for Brașov fortifications. Instead of filling-up the old building, we proposed a tower inside a tower, a minimal and reversible intervention creating an exciting open and accessible space between the two structures. This public space is activated by the info center and by the outdoor promenade leading along the old walls and to the top.
The operation soon became the starting point of a bigger project: finding out forgotten or simply un- or ill used places in the area of the fortifications and proposing a strategy to turn them into a network of active public spaces: pedestrian routes (one of them connected to the Drapers Bastion), squares, pocket parks, roller skater hotspots etc.
The County approved the global project. While the Bastion has been finished, the public space network has been postponed for funding reasons.
Curators for the presentation at the Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab Exhibition: Cosmina Goagea, Ștefan Ghenciulescu
Client: Brasov County Council
Address: Drapers Bastion (Bastionul Postăvarilor), Tiberiu Brediceanu Street, Brașov
Architects of the new building: (Justin Baroncea, Radu Enescu, Ada Demetriu, Vitalie Cataraga (Point4 Space), Constantin Goagea (Zeppelin / e.zeppelin.ro)
Project for the public space network : Justin Baroncea, Radu Enescu, Vitalie Cataraga, Mihai Burunția, Adrian Dobre, Dragoș Dragnea (Point4 Space), Constantin Goagea, Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Zeppelin / e.zeppelin.ro)
Photos: Cosmin Dragomir