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The Palace of Culture from Iasi, work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei

The Palace of Culture from Iasi, the most outstanding work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei

The Palace of Culture from Iasi, work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei

The Palace of Culture from Iasi, work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei

The Palace of Culture, acknowledged as effigy of the city of Iasi, was built in the neogothic style and as such was one of the last expressions of Romanticism in the official architecture.

 

Although it was not raised on top of ancient foundations, as people thought at the beginning of the 20th century, the Palace was partly built on top of the ruins of the medieval princely courts, mentioned in a document of 1434, and partly on top of the foundations of the former (neoclassical) palace, dated to the time of Prince Alexandru Moruzi (1806-1812), rebuilt by Prince Mihail Sturza (1841-1843) and finally demolished in 1904. It was from this latter building that the Palace inherited the legend of the 365 rooms, as many as the days within one year.

 

The edifice was built between 1906 and 1925, and is the most outstanding work of Romanian architect I.D. Berindei, who was trained at the Parisian School. Decoratively, the central hall shows a figurative mosaic including various representations of a gothic bestiarum, concentrically arranged: two-headed eagles, dragons, griffons, lions. The hall is superposed by a glass ceiling room, where initially a greenhouse was arranged.

In spite of its archaic-looking design, the Palace was designed so to integrate modern materials and technologies. Thus, the stone blocks were replaced with light and much cheaper materials. Besides, some rooms were decorated using a special material licensed by Henri Coanda, under the name of bois-ciment and imitating the oak wood. Decorative ironmongery elements are also remarkable an0d they can be admired for instance on the doors of the Voivodes’ Hall. The building was also equipped with high-tech facilities for those times, such as electric lighting, (pneumatic) heating, ventilation system, thermostat, vacuum cleaners, which were all directed from the machinery room, at the underground level. Taking also into account the 14 fires that affected the previous buildings, Berindei treated the wooden structure of the attic with an ignifugeous product called orniton, while for the roof he used a special material, named eternite.

 

The building, inaugurated on 11 October 1925, served as Palace of Justice until 1955, when its destination was changed, being assigned to the museums nowadays united under the name of “Moldova” National Museum Complex of Iasi.

website information source: www.palatulculturii.ro

Architect I.D. Berindei

Projects bearing the signature I.D. Berindei are impressive technical precision but at the same time full of flavor, vivid, made in the most elegant Beaux-Arts style. Among the sumptuous facades of buildings architect drew carriages, cars, even a tram pulled by horses or silhouettes of clouds, quietly sketching some of the atmosphere of a Belle Époque, bright and Romanian space.

I.D. Berindei (1871- 1928) of the prestigious École Nationale des attended the Beaux-Arts in Paris. Back in the country has achieved epoch defining buildings: Admiral Vasile Urseanu house (now Astronomical Observatory in Bucharest), Alexander G. Florescu house (former headquarters of the Goethe Institute), Palace of Journalists Trade Union (now the Very Small Theatre / Teatrul Foarte Mic) or resident Basil G. Assan (who returned home and hosts Romanian Academy of Scientists / Casa Oamenilor de Stiinta), Museum John / Ioan and Dr. Nicholas Kalinderu or Toma Stelian Museum.

Projects bearing the signature I.D. Berindei are impressive technical precision but at the same time full of flavor, vivid, made in the most elegant Beaux-

Arts style. Among the sumptuous facades of buildings architect drew carriages, cars, even a tram pulled by horses or silhouettes of clouds, quietly sketching some of the atmosphere of a Belle Époque, bright and Romanian space.

I.D. Berindei (1871- 1928) of the prestigious École Nationale des attended the Beaux-Arts in Paris. Back in the country has achieved epoch defining buildings: Admiral Vasile Urseanu house (now Astronomical Observatory in Bucharest), Alexander G. Florescu house (former headquarters of the Goethe Institute), Palace of Journalists Trade Union (now the Very Small Theatre / Teatrul Foarte Mic) or resident Basil G. Assan (who returned home and hosts

Romanian Academy of Scientists / Casa Oamenilor de Stiinta), Museum John / Ioan and Dr. Nicholas Kalinderu or Toma Stelian Museum. He is the creator of Bucharest Cantacuzino Palace, which today houses the National “George Enescu” Museum. Berindei designed the monumental Palace of Iasi, belonging to the municipality, transformed into Palace of Culture, where he established the city’s most important museums.

The palace he lived in a single family dwelling was kind of aristocracy and bourgeoisie representative in Romania between royalty and the type of housing being the architect whose design ID Berindei excelled. Besides the guests reception room or many rooms, such residence had: a music room, an office or an office, a library, a billiard room, a conservatory with exotic plants, which communicate directly with reception room an opulent staircase and one outside, which is integrated into the decor of a garden located behind the building. As a mandatory annex appears garage, built on the side or back garden, the building that housed the carriages and the family car.

The eclecticism was the style in which they were conceived most urban palaces built in Romania since the mid-nineteenth century. I.D. Berindei was also an advocate of a sophisticated and exuberant eclecticism, artistic oscillating between rococo, Art Nouveau and romance.
website information source: www.mnar.arts.ro

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