We love Bucharest. And the Palace of the Parliament? Not so. But we do see the historical importance of this building. Unfortunately, the Piata Constitutiei-square and the surroundings are rather ugly. We propose to rebuild the square and the connecting boulevard Unirii. The site behind the palace, where ‘they’ built the new cathedral, will be one big park. Open to the public.
What do you think of our, badly photoshopped (sorry), ideas?
yesterday i went to national museum of contemporary art with my sweetheart and had great fun!! the pics are taken on our cigarette break on the museum’s rooftop, the view was great 11/10 would recomand
The Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) - Part I
The Palace of the Parliament is the seat of the Parliament of Romania. Located in central Bucharest (Bucureşti), it is the second largest administrative building in the world, after The Pentagon, with 84 m high, an area of 365,000 m2, and composed of 23 bodies. Having a volume of 2,550,000 m3, it is also the third most massive building in the world, after Cape Canaveral in Florida, and the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan, Mexico. In terms of weight, the Palace of the Parliament is the heaviest building in the world.
It houses the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, three museums and an international conference center. The building has eight underground levels, the last one being an anti-atomic bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs.
The building was constructed almost entirely of materials of Romanian origin. Among them: 3,500 tonnes of crystal – 480 chandeliers, 1,409 ceiling lights and mirrors were manufactured; 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, chandeliers and capitals; 900,000 m3 of wood for parquet and wainscoting; 200,000 m2 of woolen carpets of various dimensions, velvet and brocade curtains, adorned with embroideries and passementerie in silver and gold.
The actual construction began on 25 June 1984, during the communist regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu. Anca Petrescu, aged 28, was appointed chief architect of the project; the team that coordinated the work was made of 10 architects, that have subordinated other 700.
40,000 people were relocated from this area. The works were carried out with forced labor of soldiers and so the cost was minimized. On the site worked between 20,000 and 100,000 workers.
In 1989 building costs were estimated at $1.75 billion.
Though named the House of the Republic (Casa Republicii), after the Romanian Revolution of 1989 it became widely known as the People’s House (Casa Poporului).
Nowadays, the Palace of the Parliament is valued at €3 billion, making it the most expensive administrative building in the world.
The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest made the BBC list of ’seven unknown architectural wonders’. Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu wanted to have this neoclassical building in the center of the city. One-fifth of old Bucharest was razed, including most of the historical and breathtaking districts of the Romanian capital. And now it’s there…
Every healthy Romanian hates the building of the Romanian parliament, the ‘Palace of the Parliament, but at the same time we feel some kind of affection for it. The palace has cost so much, so many lives, culture, money, churches, homes, unique neighborhoods, the identity of Bucharest.
We’ve got sad love for this building. And this great grey photo describes our feelings pretty much…
We’re still flabbergasted… the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest ranks third among the ten best buildings in the world according to The Independent. Only the Pantheon in Rome and the Rocamadour monastery in France are ‘better’.
They did described the palace as 'hideous but also sort of impressive’, but still…
As I passed today by the Palace of Parliament, I realized I never posted a picture of it here on Tumblr. So, here it is :) If you don’t know what this is, you can find a description from Wikipedia below…
The Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of the Romanian Parliament. According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, most expensive administrative building and heaviest building.
The Palace was designed by architect Anca Petrescu and nearly completed by the Ceaușescu regime as the seat of political and administrative power. Nicolae Ceaușescu named it the People’s House (Casa Poporului), also known in English as the Palace of the People.
The Palace measures 270 m (890 ft) by 240 m (790 ft), 86 m (282 ft) high, and 92 m (302 ft) underground. It has 1,100 rooms, 2 underground parking garages and is 12 stories tall, with four underground levels currently available for the general public and in use, and another four in different stages of completion. The floorspace is 340,000 m2 (3,700,000 sq ft).
The structure combines elements and motifs from multiple sources, in an eclectic neoclassical architectural style. The building is constructed almost entirely of materials of Romanian origin. Estimates of the materials used include one million cubic meters of marble from Transylvania, most from Ruşchiţa; 3,500 tonnes of crystal — 480 chandeliers, 1,409 ceiling lights and mirrors were manufactured; 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze for monumental doors and windows, chandeliers and capitals; 900,000 m2 (9,700,000 sq ft) of wood, over 95% of which is domestic, for parquet and wainscoting, including walnut, oak, sweet cherry, elm, sycamore maple; 200,000 m2 (2,200,000 sq ft) of woolen carpets of various dimensions, the larger of which were woven on-site by machines moved into the building; velvet and brocade curtains adorned with embroideries and passementeries in silver and gold.