File 63 – Bucharest, Romania – Parliament Palace

      Parliament Palace is one of the largest buildings on planet. According to World Records Academy, is the largest administrative building for civilian use (as surface), the most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building in the world. The building has 270 meters lenght, 240 meters width, 86 meters high, 92 meters underground and has more than 1000 rooms. With a build surface of 330.000 square meters, is second in the world, after the Pentagon and the volume of 2.550.000 cubic meters, is the third in the world, after building where is assembly space rockets, in Cape Canaveral Florida and after Quetzalcoatl Pyramid in Mexico. Construction was started in 1983 and was finished in 1997. The project, in neoclassical architectural style, was chosen after a contest which lengthen four years, and was won by a young romanian woman architect, Alina Petrescu, who have only 28 years old. The building was made only by romanian costructors, which is pride for the romanian construction school. As a romanian citizen, i can remark two strange things; though Romania is one of poorest countries in Europe, but has the most expensive administrative building in the world, and the romanian parliament, which is one of the most inficiente political institutions from Europe, is housed in a building, greatest than any other parliament building, in the world. Sometimes history offers us, such paradoxes.

Parliament Building 2 Parliament Building 3 Parliament Building 5 Parliament Building 6 Parliament Building 7 Parliament Building 8 Parliament Building 9

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2 thoughts on “File 63 – Bucharest, Romania – Parliament Palace

  1. Very professional architectural work. Although I have the feeling that the design responds more to a political order (perhaps the vanity of the leaders?) than a concept of a building used to service the people. I mean, it’s quite strange a neoclassical building in 80’s (except the villages for rich men). But that’s a subjective opinion.
    I like specially the three last photographs that highlight the symmetry design and presence of the building 🙂

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  2. When i posted the picture with National Library, i said that, i wanna show you something much bigger. This is the building, which i was referring. You’re right, Francis! The building was begun by order of Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist dictator, who was president from 1967 until 1989. What you can not see in the photos, is that around the building was created a huge empty space. For this, it was necessary to demolition a historical and very picturesque district of Bucharest. As a football lover, i regret that in area, it was Stadionul Republicii (Stadium Of Republic), where the national team played many historical matches, since 1926. Here were organized other sports competitions with european or world records. The stadium, like other buildings in the area, were part of the historical heritage of the city, but that did not matter. Across Europe is concern for the preservation of historic remains and their exploitation through tourism. Unfortunately Bucharest, lost this opportunity, because Ceausescu. Now, center of Bucharest is modern with generous boulevard and large squares (how rarely found in other European capital), but without touristic interest. Construction of “Casa Poporului” (original name of the Parliament Palace), required a great effort from the romanian people, who was not necessary. Huge resources of materials and labor, could have been used much better. The building offers mach more than just necessities of parliament, and higher maintenance costs make them to be very inefficient to use. However, from the technical point of view, the building is an exceptional work and romanian constructors can be proud. The architectural style chosen, was commented and contested over time and you can better appreciate this. Due to the size of Parliament Palace, is the principal tourist attraction in Bucharest. With a little help from Mother Nature, i could to take some pictures which i hope were interesting for you.

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