Palms on Balconies – A visual study of contemporary houses…


…from Romania built for representation

Since the revolution in 1989, Romania has seen a big wave of houses built for representative purposes, so-called palaces. These buildings challenge in many ways societal and administrative norms, and are built by a diverse range of people. Mostly commonly associated with these buildings are people of Roma origin, nevertheless a more widespread audience partakes in this building culture.

Seen from a social perspective, the work aims to broaden the previously limited research with a more differentiated approach. Through exchange with a substantial range of protagonists, and by working with visual ethnography, the project therefore seeks to produce typological images that inquire how social status is established through architecture.

Mentoring: Sarah Owens, Alex Hanimann
Diplomaproject in Communication, MA Design, Zurich University of the Arts
Photography and writing in collaboration with Gabriel Amza
Typeface “Sono” by Simon Mager