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Metrou Unirii Operatiunea: Galeria

22.02.2010

Statiile de metrou de sub Piata Unirii, Unirii 1 si Unirii 2, sunt printre cele mai aglomerate din oras. Zilnic, mii de oameni folosesc acest spatiu subteran ramificat, iar multi din ei schimba magistrala aici. Astfel, unul dintre cele mai circulate spatii este pasajul de legatura dintre cele doua statii, obiectul exercitiului nostru. Scopul principal a fost cel de a neutraliza senzatia de apasare cauzata de proportiile tubului de legatura, iar cele secundare – oferirea unei surprize efemere celor ce tranziteaza pasajul zilnic, incercarea de a ne demonstra noua faptul ca se pot face interventii interesante si fara investitii mari si, nu in ultimul rand, amuzamentul unei experiente constructive in echipa.

Ideea, dezvoltata de catre arhitectul Radu Negoita si echipa sa, a fost de a insera intre cele doua planuri orizontale un tavan din hartie “viu”care se misca gratie curentilor de aer. Astfel, imaginea perceputa de calatorul neavizat  care tranziteaza tunelul este cea a unei ample suprafete mobile ale carei valuri trimit la senzatia subconstienta pe care o da o mare agitata sau un camp inverzit aflat in bataia vantului. Mai mult decat atat, datorita mascarii tavanului real, este amplificata senzatia de inaltime, iar prin ritmarea randurilor este redusa senzatia de lungime a spatiului. In mod normal, un tavan amplasat mai jos decat primul ar trebui sa accentueze senzatia de apasare data de geometria sectiunii pasajului, dar efectul obtinut este invers – valurile fac planul sa isi piarda materialitatea, anuland posibilitatea deducerii inaltimii exacte a spatiului.

Din pacate, materia prima si proprietatile ei, precum si riscurile de incendiu implicate de acestea nu au facut posibila prelungirea perioadei de viata a tavanului cinetic.

Nimic din ceea ce am reusit impreuna nu ar fi putut fi obtinut fara cooperarea personalului de la Metrorex. Pentru aces lucru tinem sa le multumim.

The metro stations under Unirii Square, Unirii 1 and Unirii 2, are some of the busiest in the city. Thousands of people transit this ramified underground void daily, and many of them use it to cross from one line to the other. Thus, one of the most frequently used parts of this space is the corridor connecting the two stations, the object of our project. The main purpose was to attempt to neutralise the feeling of pressure induced by the proportions of the connecting corridor, and the secondary ones were as follows: the possibility of a surprise for the everyday urban traveller, the attempt to prove to ourselves the fact that interesting results can be achieved even with minimal investments and, last but not least,  the amusement of a constructive teamwork experience.

The idea, developed by the architect Radu Negoita and his team of colleagues, was the insertion of a ”living” paper ceiling which is moved by the crossdraft in the tunnel. The image perceived by the unexpecting passer-by is that of a wide cinetic surface whose undulating waves recall a tormented sea or a green hill swept by powerful winds. Moreover, through the absconding of the real solid ceiling, the feeling of verticality is amplified and the rhythming of the parallel ranges reduces the feeling of depth. Under normal circumstances, a ceiling situated at a lower level than the original one should accentuate the feeling of pressure, but the effect obtained is exactly opposite – the paper waves render the lower horizontal plan immaterial thus making it harder for the passer-by to deduce the actual height of the space.

Unfortunately, the raw material and its characteristics, as well as the fire-related risks rendered impossible the prolonging of the lifespan of our kinetic ceiling.

None of what has been achieved would of been possible without the cooperation of the people at Metrorex. Thank you!

Echipa / The Team

Radu Negoita, Alexandru Senciuc, Dragos Milotin, Vlad Todiroaie, Cristi Radu, Corina Nicolae, Corina Caldarus, Raluca Paun, Alexandru Voicu, Alexandru Popescu, Dragos Toader, Andra Medeleanu

Radu Negoita

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2035900&id=1016077095#!/album.php?aid=2035900&id=1016077095&page=2

Milotin Dragos

http://milo-d-architecture.blogspot.com/2010/03/metrou-unirii-operatiunea-galeria.html

hotnews.ro article

http://life.hotnews.ro/stiri-prin_oras-6974686-interviu-radu-negoita-pasajul-metrou-unirii-adus-viata-tavan-viu.htm

images courtesy of  Milotin Dragos

About alexandru senciuc

I am an architect in the pursuit of research and innovation in collective intelligence and healthcare planning. Currently, I work as an architect at Medical Architecture and a MPhil/PhD Student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

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