As above, so below


Personal Info

Name: Bogdan Stoicescu

Nationality: Romanian

Institution / Company: Faculté d’architecture, d’ingénierie architecturale, d’urbanisme – LOCI Bruxelles      (Université Catholique de Louvain)







Name: Alexandra-Elena Burtea

Nationality: Romanian

Institution / Company: Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism





-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Architecture


As above, so below.

Earth births and nourishes architecture.

Buildings are meaningful artifacts


original products of physical and intellectual human labour.

Each building lefts an empty void somewhere. It depletes the Earth of some resources in order to be build.

Is the void powerful and worthy enough to gather itself and become a place?


Even more, a world within a world



autonomous, absolute, ideal

a perpetual metamorphosis from space to place

the possibility of a sculptural form to embody a hidden abstract idea

In trying to transpose the social concept of equality into a form-generative and sense-making architectonic idea, two distinct volumetric entities came into being: formally perceived from the outside as completely different, speaking of present inequalities, the two mysterious monoliths are separated and linked at the same time by an existing local road. Narrow vertical apertures in high thick laterite earth walls evoke the archetypal qualities of order and monumentality. Their real, upside-down mirrored identity is only revealed from the inside, through poetic experience of space, while in a perpetual state of ascending and descending, between the hypostyle room and the hortus conclusus

A coincidentia oppositorum emerges: an outside that conceals and an inside that reveals.  Hypothetically, the laterite earth from the excavated area (the sunken garden) would be poured into formwork, out of which the rammed earth walls of the second enclosure emerge, the above ground hypostyle room, identical in volume and shape 

yet utopically mise en abyme.


Project Type:  Cultural







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