Designed by Urban Office, L.S.G. Head Office Building is located in Bucharest, Romania. Surrounded by constructions pertaining to Socialist architecture, the building stands out due to its contemporary features, illustrative of other times and different aspirations. Compound geometry of the building is defined by boxes which “bombard” or dot the façade, which confer a certain degree of urban porosity, meant to reduce the massiveness of the building, in order to offer a gradual transition to the surrounding residential area.
According to the architects: “Having such powerful vibrations on the façade, we decided to attentively and minutely divide the rest of the façade, using vertical panels with minimal joints. By contrast, the neighboring buildings, specific to communist architecture enhance the value of the building.”
Windows are placed in the same line with the finishing, so as to achieve that flatness specific to Northern architecture. The photovoltaic panels placed on the roof produce electricity to cover the needs of the building, which also boasts triple glazed windows and a 15 cm thick thermal insulation. The zoning urban plan restricted the maximum height of the building to 24 meters, with receding upper floors. The height restriction limit has been observed and implemented into the volumetry of the building. To us, it was the opportunity to integrate European architecture into Bucharest’s architectural patchwork.