SYAA nominated @ Mies van der Rohe Award 2017

16 Dec 2016


We are pleased to be nominated @:



”It is an honor to have your work SIMBIO in Bucharest, Romania, nominated to the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017.

 The Award is organised by the team of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission.”


SIMBIO Kitchen & Bar is a rehabilitation and interior design project of an existing residential building from 1920, in Bucharest. The project consists of reinforcement, complete rehabilitation and functional remodelling in order to meet the new function of urban restaurant, bar and work/event space.

The building is situated on 26 Negustori Str. in a traditional residential urban tissue. It is a villa build by a former sturgeon fish trader at the beginning of the XX-th century.

The project began with finding a new area to relocate from the very crowded old city and the identification of a place where the existing small bistro would extend, so that the two concepts of the business would be satisfied: the Friends of Simbio should feel At Home at Simbio.

It was exciting the first contact with the house: quiet, beautiful, dark, dusty, with an abundant garden, smoked stoves, pale mirrors, and heavy furniture. The house had already well defined spaces such as: the lounge with skylight, the green stove room, the small room (probably child room), the great room, the staircase, the basement with brick arched ceiling. The concept is to create an ideological map of different  architectural and cultural values mixed together in order to create a bigger value than the architectural or the economical ones taken separately and which would be recognized by the people taking contact with the new place in order to culturally appropriate it. This network of concept refers to works of art by H. Bernea, L. Bourgeois, H. Matisse, R.Tuttle and also some astronomical, botanical, social and geometrical forms and ideas which will go through the physical space.

We aimed to keep and bring to light the valuable items, and, where necessary, to come to completion with finishes as close as possible to the era in which the house was built. About 90% of the furniture and lamps were designed and produced locally for Simbio. In the project we involved local designers who, through their creation, contribute to redefining the brand.



archietcts: Eliza Yokina, Irina Plopeanu, Cosmin Anghelache, colab. Simina Ignat

Structural engineering:  Eng. expert N. Gospodinov, Eng. S. Gunju

MEP engineering: M. Hush, A. Burloiu, L. Constantinescu

Entrepreneur:  Cella Cosimex

Graphics -Otlia Mihalcea

Floral arrangements Ileana Sebe (Zwei)

Madalina Teller – ceramics

Ilinca Nanoveanu – Terrariums