Manea Kella on dilapidation to inspiration.
What was once a dilapidated property in the Romanian city of Brăila, now stands as one of the country's finest hotels: Casa Popeea.
Manea Kella - a London-based architecture and design studio founded by Adrian Manea and Elena Kella - was the driving force behind this renewal.
In an exclusive interview, we spoke to them about how they handled the challenge of such an extensive renovation.
We believe thoughtful architecture and design benefits society and is a force for social change.
The material palette was carefully considered, using a language that is rich enough to complement both the building’s historic context and its contemporary use.
We had a number of conversations with both our client and local stakeholders and through dialogue, we managed to convince that a combination of old and new would be the most suitable design approach.
From the smallest intervention to a large scale development – regardless of scale, architecture has the potential to shape and transform society for the better.