The Traveling exhibition arrived in London !

The ARTEC exhibition, set up by Transylvania Trust Foundation in conjunction with the Bánffy Castle in Romania and other European partners, opens at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London as part of a series of events highlighting the remarkable conservation and restoration efforts which, throughout time, have revealed the amazing architectural heritage of Romania.

When: From 18th to 26th of September, Monday to Friday between 10 am – 5 pm.
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH


The Arts and Crafts Centre at Bánffy Castle is finally ready !

During this summer Bánffy Castle, Bonțida, a heritage site with a vast historical and cultural legacy, became a place for contemporary artistic creation and innovation.

The Castle houses the Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre, the main purpose of which is to promote excellence in the conservation of the historic environment and specifically to teach traditional building craft skills through specialisation courses held at the Castle.

In 2016, two such specialisation courses were organised at Bánffy Castle, which were embedded in the ARTEC project. The first course’s main goal was to prepare the location for the set-up of the Arts and Crafts Centre. It lasted for two weeks, from 25th July to 7th August 2016, with the participation of craftsmen, architects, as well as students, among whom art historians and archaeologists. The main activities consisted of masonry consolidation, rendering, furniture restoration, as well as art historical and archaeological research in the building hosting the Centre. As a result, the location of the Arts and Crafts Centre was prepared by rebuilding a vault and consolidating the masonry in several areas, while at the same time several architectural features and interior design elements were discovered, which set up the basis for future works.

During the second workshop, organised between 15th and 28th August 20016, the winning proposals chosen during the international contest Waiting for Revival were carried out by participants with varied backgrounds and professions (artists, architects, engineers, interior designers, stonemasons, etc.) and local craftsmen, together with the proposal designers. The main focus was on setting up by the lighting installations and building the furniture pieces in the Centre’s interior spaces, and carving as well as assembling the wooden outdoor furniture and installations.

As a result, the Arts and Crafts Centre at Bánffy Castle, Bonțida, is composed of a multifunctional space with artistic lighting that also hints to the structural elements missing at present (so-called “ghost vaults”), seating arrangements, as well as plenty of space for different activities, a multifunctional exhibition space, and workshop areas with functional furniture pieces. The interior design elements both enhance the beauty of the historical building and give it a function for future events, workshops, and activities, such as the Artists and Craftsmen in Residence project, where young and seasoned artists will work and create, in cooperation with craftsmen, new means and themes for artistic works, as well as the Castellarte Arts Fair, organised at the Centre on a yearly basis starting from 2017. The exterior design’s main purpose is to offer a place where visitors can relax, play, and get immersed in the fictional world of the creator.

The Arts and Crafts Centre was inaugurated on the 18th of September (European Heritage Day). The launch of the Centre was celebrated with a vast programme, including guided tours in Romanian and Hungarian, followed by a discussion with members of the Bánffy family, as well as with the translators into Romanian of Miklós Bánffy’s literary works, as the cultural legacy of this highly important Transylvanian figure is, unfortunately, insufficiently known by the Romanian audience. The highlight of the celebration was an original theatre play performed by the Váróterem Projekt Ensemble, which was created especially for this event on the basis on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a literary work that was the inspiration for the statues of the Baroque Cour d’Honneur of the Castle, preceded by a brief architectural projection created by Ioan Mihai Baba.



And the winners are

We are happy to announce the winners of the call ‘Waiting for revival’ :

for the indoor solution :

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> More of their work HERE.

BLAJIN group
for the outdoor solution:

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Jury members congratulates:
– Babeth Rammelt who treated also the botanic side, and the garden
side,with inspiration from a plan of Versailles, and creating a “gloriette” with arched bows.
– Lukasz Orlowski and Erze Dianamara where the flexibility and the
modulation are developed as well.
– Mirella Fuentes Ibanez for the originality of her project
– Cara Soriano Casas for the originality of her project
– Bertrand Ivanoff for the artistic view.


4 days to go before the awards !

Hi there !

Thanks a lot for your participations to the ARTEC project ! Our jury is currently at work, and will publish the awarded solution(s) on 31st of May !

Our dear jury is composed of :
Jelen Nicolette
Elisabeth Salnikoff
Isabelle Battioni – ACCR, France
Luis Munoz – Provincial Government of Teruel, Spain
Vásárhelyi Antal – Hungary
Eugen Panescu – Planwerk, Romania
Ványolós Endre – Planwerk, Romania

Stay tuned, and good luck !