Office, Public

CATTIA Incubator

The Center for Business, Technological Transfer and Start-Up is a multi-functional office building build by the Local Council with the support of EU Funding

BUILT AREA
23.000 ft²
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Exhibit Arhitectura
AWARD
1st prize in a public competition held by the City Hall of Brasov
YEAR
2011-2019
CLIENT
Brasov City Hall

CATTIA Offices is a dynamic and compact complex. The building hosts more than 70 companies, a conference center, a fair and exhibition spaces and also production and research facilities. 

The distinctive function of the building, that of business incubator in the energy and IT industry, required a type of support functions that influenced the construction’s configuration. An outdoor platform dedicated to events such as fairs and exhibitions is located at the ground floor. This urban platform has a double role, as it partially covers the open parking space at a lower level, and its perforation brings light to the basement. The restaurant is also located at ground floor level, in a pavilion separate from the main building. The functional levels are organized in such a way as to allow flexibility and openness. There are 4 main circulation routes and two protected courtyards that create a relaxing atmosphere and can be used even in winter. The functions necessary for business incubation are upstairs: office spaces, laboratories, co-working, as well as meeting rooms and professional training. 

The architectural intention that generated the overall image is the layout of the three horizontal slabs that segment the landscape, while the glass facade filters it. The monolithic reinforced concrete structure provided the advantage of organizing a flexible plan, an essential feature for this type of program - the space can be subordinated to the size and capacity of the incubated companies. The major advantage of this type of structure, in addition to the lack of vertical braces that allows the configuration of a fluid space, is the low cost of execution due to the materials used and the high degree of fire resistance, without the need for special protection. A multifunctional-themed leisure park is to be built on the same lot. This park will allow for experiments in the field of sustainable energy, research activities and exhibition events. Strategically, the building relates to a production area through a park, so that nature becomes the environment that filters the activity of innovation and production in the field of green energy.



The partial basement hosts the parking. An urban tile perforated by green spaces is partially covering the parking, thus becoming the outside scene of the center. It is open to the public and provides spaces for socializing as well as outdoor exhibitions. 




The office space is positioned on two floors, animated by interior courtyards which have both a functional role and an aesthetic and psychological purpose - providing comfort.





ARCHITECTS: Cumulus and Exhibit

CUMULUS: Eliza Yokina, Adrian Soare, Elena Dragu, Irina Plopeanu, Sebastian Lupea

EXHIBIT: Dragoș Oprea, Johannes Bertleff, Adrian Ianchiș, Dana Cucoreanu, Magda Vieriu, Carolina Comșa, Cristina Matei, Bianca Bulbuc, Octavian Hrebenciuc, Mihai Lambescu


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Vera Dobrescu

STRUCTURE: Sicon 21 - Dan Ștefan, Alexandru Simion, Alina Manda

MECHANICAL: Proing - Lucian Luca, Rodica Raducanu, Adrian Cocu, Marian Cocu, Dan Ene, Sebestyen Csaba

THERMOCONTROL (BMS): Mezei Zsolt  

ECONOMIC STUDY: Iceberg

PHOTO: Cosmin Dragomir