Bucharest has a large stock of exquisite period properties that are in an advanced state of disrepair, with many among them too expensive to restore or renovate due to their advanced structural and architectural detail decay.
However there are innovative ways to put back life into an old and attractive building by grafting modern architectural shapes and innovations on the old fabric of the period property. The method has been applied in countless cases in Western European countries, combining the period look with modern or avant-garde architecture. An epitome of this approach is the well known example of the German Parliament building in Berlin left as a war ruin for half a century and finally resurrected by the stunning architectural creation of Sir Norman Foster.
Bucharest also contains an interesting such example, much reduced in scale and scope, namely the old building that used to host the embassy of the Austian-Hungarian Empire, which nevertheless deserves to be known and popularised as there are many other beautiful buildings in this town on the point of near-collapse necessitating imaginative modern interventions for their resurrection. The former imperial embassy fittingly hosts today the headquarters of the Architects’ Union of Romania.