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RO-Bucharest East Centric Architecture Triennale
The Casino at a Research Center has been chosen to be exhi- bited at this year's East Centric Triennale in Bucharest, Romania.

East Centric Architecture Triennale 2013, with the Trans- (ap)parencies theme, is an exhibition focused to East and Central European Architecture. The Triennale is a place to meet, debate and reflect for practitioners, critics, students and the large public.

Following to an open call for projects the curatorial board selected the projects that best meet the criteria of the open call and divided them in 3 sections: Transparencies, Trans-apparencies and Trans(ap)parencies. The Casino at a Research Center has been chosen for the "Transparencies" category.

A spacious campus, sealed off from its neighborhood, houses the individual buildings of seven institutes which appear to stand scattered on the site, held together only by their common institutional infrastructure. As such, the design of this social focus assumes great importance. The fading building dating from the seventies had to be urgently extended and renovated, to offer high-quality and healthy nutrition concepts. ASTOC’s design respectfully treats the exposed concrete facades of the old building from the seventies, but at the same time, is unmistakably contemporary in its architectural expression for the extension building. The heavy facade of the existing building was energetically optimized while preserving its original appearance. Its pigmented exposed concrete slabs were reproduced for the extension building while the existing facade will later be insulated. The concrete surfaces clearly show the craftsmanship-like traces of the wooden formwork.

The single-story extension houses the dining hall and the new canteen kitchen, freeing space for a large event hall on the upper floor of the old building. Not only is the new casino capable of preparing and serving around 700 meals daily, it can also boast of a roof terraceand a green roof. The conversion of the casino is a good example for the contemporary extension of a building from another era, exemplifying a respectful treatment of building history within a confidently inspiring and modern design.

East Centric Architecture Triennale will be held from 10-27 of October 2013.