- RAZVAN IVANCIU - - ANDREI NEDELCU - - ADRIAN SAUCIUC - - MIHAI NEAGA -
Iasi Mitropolitan Ensemble is a complex function of ecclesiastical buildings, secular - cultural and administrative. The project purpose, funded by the European Union, were strengthening and restoration of the Old Cathedral XVIII century, nineteenth century New Cathedral, the Mitropolitan residence - beginning xx and the two buildings - the last projects of G.M. Cantacuzino - Chancery Mitropolitan Library.
Ensemble was completed with new function spaces, partly cultural and ecclesiastical. The new operation was located in the basement-footer on the west-east axis of the Cathedral liturgical in order not to affect a spiritual landmark, stylistically and town planning as Mitropolitan ensemble.
The new building consists of three main segments and several annexes linked by a continuous course of forming a coherent complex documentation and exhibition show spaces. The first segment is under the plateau in front of the cathedral entrance in the basement and consists of a multipurpose hall with ground plan of Greek cross flanked by two specialized trade spaces - sacred art. This space dedicated to exhibitions, conferences or performances articulates with the second segment by two symmetrical staircases and an exhibition hall.
This hall masked distribution to emergency evacuation from the ground to two edicule with role of candle burning space, toward the cathedral aisle perimeter throughout the foundations with exhibition role and the basement of the cathedral. The latter is all new construction in the central nave of the existent large Cathedral and towards the eastern extremity of the Mitropolitan chapel and serves thematic exhibition.
Archaeological remains of the old cathedrals were kept and introduced into the expositional spaces. Through a corridor flanked by niches, exhibition is linked to the third segment - Rotonda under Hodocin's well, in the eastern extremity. This is an exhibition space and with a catechetical role, has a circular plan and a dome covered oculus located in central fountain surrounded by 14 semicircular exposition niches with ecclesiastical heritage. The materials used are natural and handmade - stone floor, carved stone columns available or committed to brick vaults, cupolete, frames, wood and wrought iron pieces of furniture and joinery and frescos on vaults.
Mitropolitan Ensemble has an eclectic style that spans two centuries dominated by baroque, classical and romantic. Given this reality spatial and stylistic concept of the new space went for the balance of the
first Christian centuries ecclesiastical architecture with both arguments of the location and underground Byzantine church art heritage