From the case study trip to Transylvania, two project I found intriguing were the salt mine (Salina Turda) and the Turda Brewery (Fabrica de Temp Liber).
Salina Turda used to be a salt mine back in the Roman exploitation and currently being transformed to an amusement park and galleries for the public. Albeit being interesting, the intervention, for me, seems unsuccessful. The reasons of it being successful/unsuccessful are as follows:
- Provides a well organised history of the Roman empire to the salt mine for the visitors.
- The intervention created various new structures, while at the same time retains the original physical structure of the salt mine.
- Material usage for the amusement park; i.e. wood, reflects back to the history of the salt mine.
- Lighting in the salt mine accentuates the wall textures in the salt mine without being too overpowering to the visitors.
- The Ferris wheel in the amusement park seems impractical since there are no views to look out to.
- Programs added into the amusement park (mini golf, table tennis) do not relate back to the salt mine context.
- Limited amount of historical information, i.e. lack of display of artifacts, historical information is limited to Roman Empire without touching even on World War 2 and post war.
- Not universal design friendly/ It is harder for the disabled to enter the salt mine as there is no elevator from the main entrance to the salt mine entrance.
FABRICA DE TEMP LIBER
The Turda Brewery was constructed by a local businessman in the late 18th century. Over the years, the brewery has been sold off to various companies, currently having Raitu family. Its current plan for the brewery is to transform it into Free Time Factory, a community center aimed for local youths of Turda.
- The intervention remains the original structure of the building; just fix any broken parts etc.
- The current owners introduces new programs the caters to the public without compromising the original program of the building; e.g. provides a museum illustrating the history of the brewery to the public.
- This intervention project is a community based project, also involves different volunteer parties. Development is based on community participation. As a result, the project gives a sense of unity and pride to the local youth.
- Due to the intervention’s nature of being donation based, the progress of the project is expected to finish in 2020 since 2012. The program of its surrounding will probably change by the end of the progress.
- After 4 years of intervention and restoration, there seems to be not much progress; only one space has been fully restored and in use.
- Programs for the community center are biased to the performing arts or entertainment industry (dance, music, theater) which caters to a specific interest of youths only.
Hence, from the analysis done, I will document the analysis and suggest methods to improve the intervention of the two projects.