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ATELIER MASS

Who's who / 11 Mai 2018 / RDW team
  • ATELIER MASS2018 // Two 1930s apartments interior design
  • ATELIER MASS2018 // Two 1930s apartments interior design
  • ATELIER MASS2018 // Two 1930s apartments interior design
  • ATELIER MASS2018 // Two 1930s apartments interior design
  • ATELIER MASS2018 // Two 1930s apartments interior design
  • ATELIER MASS 2018 // LAVA coffee table
  • ATELIER MASS 2018 // LAVA coffee table
  • ATELIER MASS 2018 // LAVA coffee table
  • ATELIER MASS2017 // Electric Castle
  • ATELIER MASS2017 // Electric Castle
  • ATELIER MASS2017 // Electric Castle
  • ATELIER MASS2017 // Electric Castle
  • ATELIER MASS2017 // Electric Castle
  • ATELIER MASS2016 // TIFF Sign
  • ATELIER MASS2016 // TIFF Sign
  • ATELIER MASS2016 // Casa K
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HISTORY
Atelier MASS is an architectural studio based in Cluj, established in March 2011. It was formed by four friends, former colleagues who shared the same passion for projects that expand the boundaries of professional practice and have been working together on competitions for several years.

SPECIFIC
Based on former multidisciplinary experience, our designing work seeks open collaborations with people from other fields to achieve better solutions. Furthermore they are personally involved in different areas connected with architecture - research, publishing, teaching in the school of architecture from Cluj and cultural projects through their sister organisation miniMASS. Their guideline is the common interest in researching the Romanian urban environment and identifying small scale ways to improve it, as well as the future trends of development that will shape their on / offline environment.

ROMANIAN DESIGN WEEK APPEARANCES

2018 // Two 1930s apartments interior design
The two apartments are next to each other and they take up the entire top floor of an unremarkable, but nice 1930s house. The client intends to use it as a protocol accommodation or to rent it, so the design had to be eye-catching but still rational and without excesses. There were a few modifications in partitioning to create a better distribution of the spaces for the 2nd bedroom, modify the bathrooms etc. The kitchen was opened up and became part of a warm and welcoming living room, separated by a custom-built counter covered in micro cement with painted glass top. Most of the furniture are ready-made items from a variety of sources. The tiles were brought from France. The new herringbone floor was made from oak by a Bucharest company. Where it was possible, we left the old brickwork exposed and painted white for a dramatic effect.

2018 // LAVA coffee table
LAVA coffee table was created from a continuous surface, with no other components, a single fluid line. It is a contemporary design piece of furniture which gives the impression of a weightless wave that ensures its stability. It is made out of painted fiberglass making the table lightweight and very durable. Putting several tables together we can create surprising combinations. Different colors as well as mate of shiny finishing make this table suitable for all kinds scenarios and settings.

2017 // Electric Castle 
Combining striking visual elements, mass entertainment and a Gothic setting (the ruin of 15th century Bannfy Castle) Electric Castle festival has become a complex sensorial and spatial experience, a celebration of contemporary art in its different forms: from music to architecture, design and installation. 

2016 // Casa K
The site is in a very special place, a village of a few hundred people that prouds itself with 14 protected buildings, listed as monuments. From this point of view it was essential to conserve a consistent and historically faithful overall image of the settlement. However, the aim was to bring some contemporary elements into the architecture and ultimately into the lifestyle of the future residents. So the large volume is broken in two similarly proportioned ones and there is an articulating strip of glass that runs through the roof and down to the ground to mark the main entrance area.

2016 // TIFF Sign
The 14th edition of the Transylvania Film Festival (TIFF) brought a need for a specific and coherent image of the festival in order to better set it apart from the numerous events taking place in Unirii Square in Cluj. Together with the Infopoint pavilion and a series of urban objects with advertising purpose, the main intervention of our office was the Signal Tower. Measuring over 9.50 meters in height, this object reinterpreted the logo of the film festival, diving it on different faces of the prism and proposing a dynamic reading. During the night, a new scenographic effect is obtained through the interior lighting that emphasizes the specific color of the festival and through the dematerializing of the physical object of the tower in the dark.
 
2015 // Facade study for the Paintbrush Factory 
The building of the former Paintbrush Factory that houses the contemporary art center has been partly repaired or modernized by it's current owner. Unfortunately these works were done without a coherent overview upfront. The project was born out of the owner's need to improve the thermal insulation of the outer walls. Because they were intimately familiar with the context, they managed to shift his interest from a simplistic take to a new direction: a study to pinpoint the best strategy for a visual overhaul of the exterior.
A very elaborate approach has determined three types of solutions:
1. The nostalgic version - by shaping the insulation exactly over the existing silhouette we kept the original image, except for the entrance and the top level canopy.
2. The black box version - because the cultural processes that the building houses are actually much more valuable than the building itself, we put the accent on the former, disregarding the latter.
3. The face-lift version - is in the same spirit as the previous version, but it brings a new, contemporary, powerful yet delicate statement of what the Factory has become in the present time.
 
2015 // Scenography for Electric City
Electric City was conceived as a promo-event of the Electric Castle Festival. Everything that happens at the Banffy Castle in Bontida moves for one night to the city, into some of the most modern structures of Cluj - Cluj Arena and the new Multifunctional Hall. The scenography for this event had to consider the large number of people attending, so the objects were concentrated into 'islands' to leave as much free space as possible. Additionally, they would double as signals for particular areas, illumination or just relaxation. The low budget imposed the re-use of about 3200 white beer boxes and about 60 neon lights. Only a part of the pillows were eventually realized for this event. Outside, the public space between the Hall and the Arena was marked out by the star-shaped signals that introduced the atmosphere of the interior.