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Casa Popeea by Manea Kella

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A house on the verge of collapse in Brăila, Romania, has been given a new lease of life by London-based architecture studio Manea Kella.

Photography: Cosmin Dragomir

Manea Kella worked with local office Penta Stil Studio to convert the dilapidated property into an 11-room boutique hotel, Casa Popeea. The renovation riffs on the house's art-nouveau details, with contemporary details made from simple but high-quality materials.

"The restoration and repair of the existing was driven by the idea that the original structure should be emphasised in its spatial context and original materiality," said architects Adrian Manea and Elena Kella.

"The new reflects the lost without imitating it."

— a fragment from Dezeen

Architects: Manea Kella
Location: Brăila, Romania

Year: 2019

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