Considering that the proposed building had to receive the plan shape of the pre-existing one, a cinema built in the 60’s, the essential problem was in the desire to create a volume that holds all the necessary spaces required by the program and in the same time to become a symbol for the entire Drumul Taberei neighbourhood.
Generically speaking, the modern city, being in a constant extension, must create, from the necessity to free the center, new centres of social and cultural interest which can polarize the community from that certain area. To achieve this goal we believe that the “Favorit” Cultural Centre must meet, along its functional role, the role of a “landmark” capable of becoming a pole of attraction in the neighbourhood.
Besides this thought, which holds a macro urban strategy, we believe that a sculptural form without a “main facade” and a less photogenic roof terrace could harmonize through contrast with an area dominated by modernist, Cartesian buildings made in the 60`s and 70`s (often of a good quality architecture) surrounded by various green areas. The fact itself that residents of the eight floor building from the north could see a sculptural object, instead of a non-walkable roof terrace, we believe that it is an important argument which sustains our approach. The proposed volume attempts, as a condition, to protect, but also to spacially extend the interior, everything done with the purpose of creating a natural transition from the existing shape of the existing building.
The project, commissioned by the 6th Sector City Hall, is the first Cultural Center in Romania to be raised out of public initiative, being a needed cultural facility for the dwellers of the neighborhood. Grupul Inițiativa Favorit ("The Favorit Initiative Group"), formed in 2010, is a civic organization who managed to convince the local authorities of the importance of such a project for the development of the community.