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Aid Work in Romania

Since 2001, f2a member Florian Maurer has been working with the Swiss charity Ethos Open Hands (EOH) to carry out their work in Craiova, in western Romania. after the collapse of communism, Craiova's industry lay in shambles, all housing construction had halted because the customary massive construction methods in Romania were no longer viable under the new market conditions. The number of street children was high and growing.

Concrete and masonry construction require cranes, heavy equipment, and concrete batch plants, so we suggested the introduction of wood framing construction adapted to local conditions. A carpenter can build a house with a circular saw, some hand tools and a pick-up truck. This fit our client's aid strategy, which focuses on training self reliance. Ethos Open Hands would train their own work force on their own projects and encourage them to become small entrepreneurs.

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Industrial Development
Podari, Romania

As part of their social work in Romania, Ethos Open Hands employs a number of people in various industrial and manufacturing ventures including bicycle repair, baking, cabinet making, and construction. Naturally, the organization needs a lot of storage to support its ventures. To consolidate these widely dispersed activities, EOH plans to realize a flexible industrial development on the outskirts of Craiova. This master plan represents Florian's initial solution.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Industrial Development
Podari, Romania

As part of their social work in Romania, Ethos Open Hands employs a number of people in various industrial and manufacturing ventures including bicycle repair, baking, cabinet making, and construction. Naturally, the organization needs a lot of storage to support its ventures. To consolidate these widely dispersed activities, EOH plans to realize a flexible industrial development on the outskirts of Craiova. This master plan represents Florian's initial solution.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Industrial Development
Podari, Romania

As part of their social work in Romania, Ethos Open Hands employs a number of people in various industrial and manufacturing ventures including bicycle repair, baking, cabinet making, and construction. Naturally, the organization needs a lot of storage to support its ventures. To consolidate these widely dispersed activities, EOH plans to realize a flexible industrial development on the outskirts of Craiova. This master plan represents Florian's initial solution.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Industrial Development
Podari, Romania

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As part of their social work in Romania, Ethos Open Hands employs a number of people in various industrial and manufacturing ventures including bicycle repair, baking, cabinet making, and construction. Naturally, the organization needs a lot of storage to support its ventures. To consolidate these widely dispersed activities, EOH plans to realize a flexible industrial development on the outskirts of Craiova. This master plan represents Florian's initial solution.

architect of record

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Mission House Strada Paltinis
Craiova, Romania

An ageing masonry building had to be substantially renovated: the roof had to be removed, and a new third storey had to be added.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Mission House Strada Paltnis
Craiova, Romania

This building now houses a bakery, a meals-on-wheels kitchen, a kindergarten, and the offices of the humanitarian aid organization Ethos Open Hands (EOH) of Switzerland. A public restaurant and a street-side kiosk for bakery sales help to generate revenue for the organization's aid work

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Mission House Strada Paltinis
Craiova, Romania

another street-side view from the south

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Mission House Strada Paltinis
Craiova, Romania

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Social Housing Strada Bucura

30 Large townhouse units offer spacious accommodation for families willing to foster street children. The houses were built with Canadian wood-frame construction techniques to explore an economic solution to Romania's severe housing crisis.

completed 2007.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Social Housing Strada Bucura

30 Large townhouse units offer spacious accommodation for families willing to foster street children. The houses were built with Canadian wood-frame construction techniques to explore an economic solution to Romania's severe housing crisis.

completed 2007.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Social Housing Strada Bucura

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

4500 m2 K-12 private school. The building is located in the vicinity of the social housing development completed by EOH.The project was completed in 2010 for a total construction cost of 2.5 million Euros

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

the entrance with aula magna to the left

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

the gymnasium to the left (west) is taking advantage of the sloping site to be one storey below the green playground. The corridor in the background is more than just circulation space: it is 4 m wide, flooded with light and a pleasant space for students to spend time during recess.

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

light floods into the bright gymnasium. the glulam beams had to be painted with white intumescent paint because the romanian laws didn't allow exposed structural wood!

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

the aula magna during a parents' meeting

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

the view across the fitness gallery down into the gymnasium

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

the view from the roof of the housing project to the south

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Private School Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

a good crowd at the official opening!

Architect of Record:

Allen+Maurer Architects ltd.

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Master Plan Campus Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

To respond to rapidly increasing enrollment in the existing school, this master plan establishes location and massing for a church, a new secondary school and a kindergarten on property across the street. EOH has planned kindergarten construction as phase one.

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Master Plan Campus Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

To respond to rapidly increasing enrollment in the existing school, this master plan establishes location and massing for a church, a new secondary school and a kindergarten on property across the street. EOH has planned kindergarten construction as phase one.

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Master Plan Campus Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

To respond to rapidly increasing enrollment in the existing school, this master plan establishes location and massing for a church, a new secondary school and a kindergarten on property across the street. EOH has planned kindergarten construction as phase one.

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Master Plan Campus Romanesti
Craiova, Romania

To respond to rapidly increasing enrollment in the existing school, this master plan establishes location and massing for a church, a new secondary school and a kindergarten on property across the street. EOH has planned kindergarten construction as phase one.