Corbeanca , Romania
George Buhnici is a building pioneer. After viewing hundreds of properties in search of a green, modern home to buy in Romania, he decided that the only way to get just what he needed was to construct one himself from scratch. Working with architects Raluca Munteanu and Adriana Caraza, the hunt was on to find companies specializing in sustainable solutions. The home had to meet six criteria: it had to be smart, energy efficient, built with sustainable materials, comfortable, automated and secure.
The architects’ solution updated the traditional Romanian house, where much of life revolves around a courtyard. The project used reclaimed wood and put sustainable technologies to the fore, resulting in it being the first certified Premium Passive House in Romania. The house uses GROHE throughout, with Essence and Eurodisc faucets chosen for their water-saving EcoJoy function, and the Rainshower SmartControl shower system meets the ‘smart’ part of the brief. All these were put in place by engineer Ovidiu Tifui. Even the kitchen uses GROHE, with a Blue Home water system providing sustainable filtered water, eliminating the waste of plastic bottles.
Architect: Arhi Mede Studio
Interior designer: ZA.DA
Project address: Corbeanca, Romania
Date of completion: 2019