Lar CULTURAL - Proiecte


Locație: Valea Cosăului


A case study of the “two room house” typology, Budeşti Village, Cosăului Valley, Maramureş District

Laura I. Zaharia1, Gelu M. Zaharia2, Istvan Madacsy3

  1. Architect, SC ARCOLARSRL, Baia Mare, Maramureş, Romania,
  2. Lector, Technical University of Cluj Napoca, of North University Center Baia Mare, Maramureş, Romania,
  3. Engineer, SC TUNDRA SRL , Baia Mare, Maramureş, Romania

Summary: Maramures is famous for the picturesque aura of its villages, which are built entirely out of wood, with beam houses and tall roofs covered with shingles, with long, beautifully-adorned porches, everything bathing in lush vegetation.
For the last 20 years, this Land of Wood has been melting in the great sea of the identity-less contemporary buildings, whereas traditional houses are dismantled beam by beam and sold as fire wood or antiquisized  wood for furniture and interior finishes. This study analyzes the possibility to adapt Maramures old traditional houses to the contemporary living requirements. It discusses one of the most common house typologies: the big traditional house, with two rooms, porch, “L”-shaped verandah and partial cellar. It analyzes the possibilities of structural consolidation, of distributing the functions typical for contemporary dwellings, and the way of solving the installation issues.
The study presented here is a continuation of “The Program for Protecting the Built Landscape in Maramureş” developed by the North-West Branch of the Romanian Order of Architects (O.A.R.) within cultural programs financed by O.A.R.