Ștefan Gheorghiu House

22 Tunari St., Bucharest

On Tunari Street, the building at number 22 surprises the passer-by with its particular appearance and its courage in exposing its access areas and stairs right on the pavement. The total opening of some antechambers at the entrance, buffer-spaces between the public exterior and the intimate interior, is an unusual gesture of trust in the city. Two separate ogival arches mark the admission into these vestibules like textured cavities dug in the breadth of house. Window openings of various arched forms sculpting the façade plus ornaments such as stone colonettes and the undulating lines of the tiles on the intermediate cornice are clues that direct us to the inspiration drawn from the Mediterranean style which left its imprint on inter-war Bucharest architecture. Volume composition, too, is somewhat eccentric, with the turret rising by two storeys over the main, 1-storey building founded on a semi-basement and protruding towards the street also via the slightly rounded body erected on the left-hand side.

Judging by its design and its two separate entrances, we might assume that the building is a duplex. What we do know is that between 1958 and 2010 it was inhabited by violinist and teacher Ștefan Gheorghiu, and between 1964 and 1977, by writer and art critic Ion Frunzetti.

Andreea Mihaela Chircă