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The Order Of Discalced Carmelites

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Located in Snagov, Romania, the Monastery Complex is a place of worship for the monks of the Order of Barefoot Carmelites – a contemplative monk order known for its austerity. It has been desired to be a concept – inspired from the Romanian traditional architecture but reconsidered, modernized and adapted to current needs.

Finding and assuming traditional architecture was a gain. A tower, monastery, the guest house and church; gathered together give birth to the two courtyards. The austerity of the order and simplicity of traditional Romanian architecture fit beautifully. The whole ensemble wears this traditional tailored coat, not copied but interpreted, however the church, goes even further and hides inside a unique universe, a modern interpretation of the ancient structure, a special flow of the forces.

Architect: Tudor Radulescu
Photos by Viorel Plesca

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