Calea Dumbravii 40: contest for artists

The artist contest organized by Max Development for the access area of ​​the building on Calea Dumbrăvii no. 40. The following 14 project proposals were received from several artists in the country:

Nr. Date of reception Artist Project Description project
1 14.05.2019 Popa Andrei Parametrics of being Drawing inspired by the plant world and the geometry of the organisms
2 30.05.2019 Paula Duță Desen mural Drawing mural feathering
3 25.05.2019 Mitrea Ilie Proiect 1 culori acrilice Wall painting with different geometric shapes
4 24.05.2019 Mitrea Ilie Proiect 2 culori acrilice Wall painting with different geometric shapes
5 24.05.2019 Mitrea Ilie Proiect 3 colaj Collage of different contemporary materials
6 24.05.2019 Mitrea Ilie Proiect 4 vitraliu Painting on glass that simulates a stained glass
7 24.05.2019 Trif Alin The Architecture of Nature Mural painting inspired by nature
8 30.05.2019 Sean Malon Interchangeable Lightbox Three lightboxes of the size of niches with various patterns
9 31.05.2019 The Orion Sunrise- Sunset Mural representing the duality of the day
10 31.05.2019 The Orion Untitled Clouds Mural with organic clouds
11 31.05.2019 Dan Raul Pintea Desen Tridimensional Three-dimensional drawing geometric shape in different colors
12 31.05.2019 Octavian Mitrea Terrarium Terrariums in bottles of reconcilable brands
13 31.05.2019 Sebastian Moldovan Art Insert Three laser-cut metal panels
14 31.05.2019 Laura Radu Imagine. Functiune. Emotie Three copper panels in which rectangular penetrations are cut


Jury Report


Entrance to the building Calea Dumbrăvii 40

Date: 01.04 – 31.05.2019


  1. Max Schweizer – Max Development
  2. Alice Herlan – Herlan & Associates
  3. Cornel Raba – Solid Construct
  4. Anca Bordean – APB Architects
  5. Ciprian Pasca – APB Architects



In total, 14 papers were entered in the contest, which were further admitted in the judging process.

The criteria that guided the jury in order to establish a score for each individual work were organized into three categories and each had a different weight in the final media as follows:

  • criterion 1: integration into context, formal harmonization and relationship with the building architecture = 20% of the final media;
  • criterion 2: the artistic criterion (concept, freshness, innovation / character, emotion, effects, color, expressiveness, atmosphere of the new space / atmosphere created in the entry space) = 60% of the final media;
  • criterion 3: sustainability and maintenance of intervention, future costs for maintenance or replacement of items = 20% of the final average.

As a way of judging projects, each jury member individually analyzed the proposals received and awarded a score for each paper based on the criteria mentioned at the beginning. Subsequently, all the participating projects were analyzed and discussed, and the first three papers were separated from this stage. A short description of the jury will be presented for the first three best works, in order of the score obtained.


3rd place. Alin Trif – with the work „the architecture of nature”

A proposal that willingly does not want to crawl into niches, but manages to create an unexpected and intriguing accent. It is a bold solution that allows adjustments and color variations, but largely depends on the skill of the artist. Sustainability and possible future interventions are not considered to raise any problems.


2nd place. Andrei Popa – with the work „parametrics of being”

The jury especially appreciated the subtle contrast that is established by the artist’s proposal, referring to the corner niches. The organic plant pattern, which can also refer to an urban structure as it is represented, softens and deflates the atmosphere of the building through the sinuous lines, but at the same time fits very well into the linear, straight and repetitive space of Nice. It’s a watermarked, precision-based proposal that can vary in color and can be easily adapted. A disadvantage of the proposal is green tones, which, along with gray on the facades, would create a cold environment. Also, the jury was not convinced by the symmetrical composition of niche drawings. The durability of the solution and the timely replacement of the items are not a problem.


1st place. Sebastian Moldovan – with the „insert”, the winner of the contest and the prize of 5000 euro (awarded according to the contest theme)

It is a project well framed in the niches of the entrance and seemingly discreet, but at the same time it is remarked once with the space. It’s a contemporary work in which we use new techniques that are mastered very well. The jury also appreciated the coherence of the project and the way in which the artistic concept was built in the context of the entry. It was the only proposal that has been used to integrate into the project the function of this traffic area and even attempts to modify the way in which narrow space is perceived by obtaining effects. Niches are also used to the maximum, and the author takes advantage of their depth to create new perspectives. The content of the panels and the various color options are flexible and interesting. Regarding these elements, there is also a recommendation and a requirement of the jury regarding the choice of the type of cut for metal panels, which should have a contextual note (the author mentioned that there is flexibility in choosing cuts and images and that this aspect will be discussed and decided by mutual agreement with the beneficiary).

The mounting of the panels and the possibility of replacing them seem to be studied. The jury also has an observation regarding the robustness of the surfaces and the costs and the way of replacing the elements in time.


In very large lines, there were two general categories of proposals: drawing or painting on the surface of the walls, and the second typology in which the depths of niches are used to occupy panels or elements to be exposed.

Several papers in the competition were appreciated, but the jury focused on the first three positions, which were delimited by subtlety, coherence and the way they relate to the building.


This report has been concluded on 4 July 2019.