The House Without Corners:

A Manifesto of Infinite Architectural Possibilities


     In the heart of Transylvania, where modernity and history harmonize, The House Without Corners stands as a symbol of innovation in architectural design. Situated in the Andrei Mureșanu area of Cluj-Napoca, it is not merely a residence but a tribute to nature and a form of fluid living.

     Conceived and constructed by architect Costin Iancu Laurean, The House Without Corners captures the essence of Antoni Gaudi’s distinctive style and weaves it with the curved beauty of Art Nouveau. The house is not just a habitable structure; it is a dwelling where form is free to unfold, unrestricted by the rigidity of right angles.

     The architecture of the house reflects an organic approach, with all lines and curves designed to evoke natural flows, such as the ripple and twist of tree leaves or the sinuous curves of a river. In this architectural canvas, each element has a purpose, each detail tells a story, and each angle transforms into a curve that induces a dream.

     The exterior walls of the house are adorned with Sgraffito, an ancient technique paying homage to craftsmanship: the three overlapping layers not only add visual depth but also confess a dedication to the art of subtle details. Sgraffito is not just a decorative technique but a dialogue between the architect and the material, where each groove carved into the plaster becomes part of a larger story.

     The House Without Corners is not just a building; it is an experience, a way of living and feeling. Through every design element, residents and visitors are taken on a sensory journey, discovering the joy of flowing and merging spaces and feeling part of a whole that is both a part of themselves and a part of the external world.

     They enter a space where art and functionality blend, where tradition and innovation merge, and where architecture breathes life into every corner of nature. The House Without Corners is not just a home; it is a story written in the language of design, an open invitation to a dialogue between humans, art, and nature.

Exterior Design: A Symphony of Curves

Exterior Design:
A Symphony of Curves

     The exterior is a demonstration of architectural mastery that rejects traditional norms. At first glance, the absence of straight lines stands out—a tribute to nature and its fluidity. Every element of the façade seems to have been shaped by unseen hands, molding forms and curves that mimic the organic and the natural.

Facade: A Dialogue with Nature

     The exterior walls of the house are outdoor artworks, appearing as three-dimensional planes, with three layers of Sgraffito techniques applied. Sgraffito, a decorative art used since the Middle Ages, involves the successive application of multiple layers of plaster on walls, each layer subsequently engraved to reveal the one underneath. In the hands of the expert, this technique gives rise to complex textures and patterns echoing the Art Nouveau style, characteristic of Gaudi’s works. The raw materials used in construction were chosen not only for their aesthetic qualities but also for their durability and harmony with nature. Natural stone, wood, and lime-based stucco were combined as an ecological material palette to create a structure that effortlessly integrates into the surrounding landscape. Each element of the façade is finished manually and individually, making every exterior corner unique. The exterior design of the “The House Without Corners” is a fusion of tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and technology, offering a fresh perspective on the infinite possibilities’ architecture can explore.

Garden: An Urban Oasis

     The garden is a green oasis, designed not just as a relaxation space but as an extension of the house. Vegetation is selected to provide privacy while allowing light to penetrate and play among the leaves, creating a play of shadows and lights on the house walls.

     Unlike architectural styles that clearly separate the building from the landscape, the “The House Without Corners” blurs the boundaries. Trees and plants sheltered in specially created niches intertwine life and matter in a continuous and organic dialogue. It is noteworthy how the house interacts not only with natural light but also with natural elements, such as the rainwater collection system used to irrigate the surrounding garden. This symbiotic relationship between house and nature suggests how contemporary architecture can and should contribute to sustainability and environmental respect.

Fine Details: Art in Architecture

     The delicate details of the exterior, from ironwork to ornaments, are carefully crafted by hand. This level of attention to detail is rarely found in contemporary architecture and underscores the architect’s dedication to a design that is as personal as it is public.

Interior Design: A Fusion of Art and Comfort

Interior Design:
A Fusion of Art and Comfort

     Stepping into The House Without Corners, located in the heart of Cluj, you are transported into a universe where interior design transcends classical conventions, and where art and comfort are in perfect harmony. Inspired by the aesthetics of Art Nouveau and contemporary influences, the interior design is a fusion of spatial functionality and artistic expression.

     The interior of the house is a model of aesthetics and functionality, where each element is carefully customized. Stained glass, a central element of the design, together with the tree sculpture made from over 70,000 pieces of Bisazza mosaic manually glued piece by piece, becomes focal points guiding the flow of light and space throughout the house. Furniture pieces, lighting fixtures, and accessories clad in 24k gold leaf, and bathrooms with platinum and 24k yellow gold mosaic details, add an additional layer of refinement and luxury.

Artistic Vision

     The architect conceived the interior of the house as a living canvas, with each room telling its own story through design and decor. Every element, from furniture to finishes, is customized and carefully chosen to enrich the living experience. Curved, hand-carved furniture seamlessly integrates with the interior architecture, continuing the fluid and organic narrative of the exterior.

A Play of Light and Color

     One of the most striking elements of the interior design is the Tiffany-style-stained glass. These not only add color and elegance to any room but also transform the atmosphere through a play of lights and shadows. Each stained glass is unique, bringing originality and character to the space.

Functional and Attractive Spaces

     The kitchen in this house is an excellent example of functionality and style. Fully equipped, with modern appliances integrated into custom furniture, it provides an ideal environment for cooking and socializing. The open and airy design encourages family interaction and creates a focal point for family gatherings.

Relaxation and Intimate Zones

     The bedrooms are designed as sanctuaries of peace and relaxation, each with its own design and ambiance. With warm tones and soft textures, they are designed to encourage rest and rejuvenation. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the bathrooms are a true relaxation paradise, combining functionality and design to create an ideal relaxation environment.

Artistic and Individual Details

     Every detail of the “The House Without Corners” is designed to contribute to the house’s story. Everything, from artistic lighting fixtures to sumptuous floor and wall finishes, has been chosen to add layers of beauty and comfort. The emphasis on manual craftsmanship and artistry is evident everywhere, providing a unique quality and a warm ambiance.

Integration of Technology

      Despite the abundance of traditional and artistic elements, The House Without Corners is equipped with the latest Smart Home technology, discreetly integrated not to affect the space’s aesthetics. Intelligent climate, lighting, automation, and security systems are part of a comfortable and safe life.

A Dialogue Between Spaces

     The interior of the house is designed so that each space communicates freely with the others. There are no traditional doors; instead, there are openings that invite exploration and discovery. The furniture, mostly hand-carved and customized with gold leaf, seamlessly blends with the curved lines of the walls and ceilings, continuing the organic narrative of the exterior.

Connection with the Exterior

     All windows and openings in The House Without Corners are designed to maximize connection with the outside. The view of the charming garden and the urban landscape of Cluj is artistically framed, turning each vista into a living painting.

     The interior design of the “The House Without Corners” demonstrates harmony between form, function, and art. Each space is designed to provide a living experience that inspires, relaxes, and enriches the lives of those who inhabit it. It is an environment that satisfies not only the practical needs of life but also one of the most fundamental human needs: to live in a space that nourishes the soul and inspires the spirit.

Location and Community: "The House Without Corners" in the Heart of Cluj

Location and Community:
"The House Without Corners" in the Heart of Cluj

     The House Without Corners is located in the Andrei Mureșanu neighborhood, one of the most exclusive and peaceful areas in Cluj-Napoca, offering a unique living experience as well as a strong connection to the community and the surrounding nature.

Andrei Mureșanu Neighborhood: Perfect Symbiosis Between City and Nature

     The Andrei Mureșanu neighborhood is known for its quiet streets, elegant architecture, and easy access to the city’s numerous amenities. It is a rare combination of tranquility and accessibility, just minutes away from the lively center of Cluj, yet far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Advantages of the Location.

     The location of The House Without Corners offers numerous advantages:

Advantages of the Location.

      Proximity to the city center provides immediate access to shops, restaurants, educational institutions, and cultural centers. Vibrant and Friendly Community: A diverse and welcoming community lives in the area, offering a safe and friendly environment for families. Access to Green Spaces: The neighborhood has parks and natural areas where residents can enjoy the peace and beauty of nature. -The location provides a perfect balance between active urban life and the need for tranquility. With its unique design and strategic location, The House Without Corners manages to create an oasis of peace in the heart of a dynamic city.

Conclusions: Redefining Space and Form in Architecture

Redefining Space and Form in Architecture

     The House Without Corners is more than just an architectural construction; it is an exploration of the unlimited possibilities of design, a manifesto of the harmony between form, function, and environment. Through this property, architect Costin Iancu Laurean not only redefines how a house can be perceived and lived but also how architecture can influence and enrich the surrounding community.

A Unique Blend of Tradition and Innovation

      The House Without Corners is proof that tradition and innovation can coexist harmoniously. Respect for traditional crafts, such as the Sgraffito technique, combined with a modern and sustainable vision, creates a space that is both contemporary and timeless.

An Invitation to Discovery

      For design enthusiasts and industry professionals, The House Without Corners represents a field of exploration, where every detail and curve can be a source of inspiration and admiration. It is a living example of how traditional limitations can be surpassed to create something unique and personal.

A Symbol of Modern Cluj

     Situated in the heart of vibrant Cluj-Napoca, The House Without Corners becomes a symbol of the city—a combination of innovation, art, and environmental respect. It is proof that architecture is not just about creating spaces but about creating experiences and enriching the lives of those who live in them.

     In conclusion, The House Without Corners is not just a home; it is a vision, an experiment, and an achievement that reconfigures the boundaries of architecture. It is a space where art and functionality meet, where the past and the future meet, and where the house becomes a living canvas for personal expression and creativity.

     “The House Without Corners” is a manifesto for the unlimited possibilities of architecture. It is an invitation to think differently about the spaces we inhabit and to appreciate the harmony between form, function, and environment. I hope that this house inspires other architects and designers to explore and dare.” – Costin Iancu Laurean

     “Corners limit you; they define the end of one path and the beginning of another, but the true beauty of life and art is found in the curves that allow us to continue exploration without interruption. Just like in nature, where trees and rivers don’t follow straight lines, my design invites you on a fluid journey, offering new experiences at every step.” – Costin Iancu Laurean

     “Architecture is the song that the earth writes in the sky, and I am nothing more than a humble composer tuning my instrument to the frequency of my dreams. Each mosaic is a note, each organic line is a melody, and instead of rigid corners, my curves pursue infinite possibilities. I have sculpted from silence a space that whispers, a sanctuary where each echo is the unspoken meaning of my soul.” – Costin Iancu Laurean


Location and Dimensions

  • Location: Within a 5-minute distance from the center of Cluj, Romania, in the picturesque neighborhood of Andrei Muresan.
  • Built Area: 446 square meters.
  • Garden Area: 429 square meters.

Exterior Layout and Garden

  • Fence: Made of hand-forged wrought iron in a medieval style, adorned with organic elements and stylized leaves.
  • Court Alleys: Paved with cubic granite stone, dating from the interwar period.
  • Vegetation: A verdant garden with mature plants, offering a lush landscape.

Interior Description by Floors

1. Ground Floor:

  • Office: With a separate entrance directly from outside.
  • Bedroom, Dressing Room, and Bathroom.
  • Secondary Hallway: Characterized by a ceiling designed in a vortex shape.
  • Joinery throughout the house: Made of Siberian Larch wood, decorated with Tiffany-style stained glass.

2. Basement:

  • Functional Rooms: Include a technical room, a laundry room, and a storage space.

3. Mezzanine:

  • Kitchen: Fully furnished and equipped, designed to integrate harmoniously into the house’s design.

4. First Floor:

  • Bedrooms: Two rooms, each symbolizing a different season.
  • Bathrooms:
– Matrimonial bathroom with a reddish marble countertop, decorated with Bisazza mosaic plated with Platinum.
– Villeroy & Boch toilet with washing and drying functions.
– Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware.
  • Dressing Room: Spacious, with access to an intimate balcony.
  • Secondary Bathroom: Equipped with a Villeroy & Boch bathtub, a wall of brushed marble, and a TV embedded in the mirror.
  • Hallway: Decorated with a stylized tree made from over 70,000 pieces of Bisazza mosaic.

5. Attic:

  • Open Space Area: Divided into three distinct functional sections:
– An impressive 4-meter bar, with a solid wood countertop and copper-decorated front.
– An entertainment area, equipped with a modular sofa, TV, and a projection screen.
– A round table for 12 people, positioned to offer a spectacular view of the city of Cluj.
  • Central Pillar: Decorated in Art Nouveau style, supporting a manually painted ceiling.
  • Bathroom: With a unique design, named “the bathroom with 3 questions,” decorated with gresogranit and thematic cinematographic mosaic.
  • Art: A wall decorated using the Sgraffito technique in 7 layers of plaster.
  • Terraces: Two stepped terraces, one of which is equipped with a jacuzzi offering a wonderful view of Cluj.

Lighting and Artistic Elements

  • Lighting: Made of manually crafted wrought iron floral lamps.
  • Artistic Elements: Tiffany stained glass, Bisazza mosaic works, paintings, and sculptures, all contributing to the fairy-tale atmosphere of the dwelling.