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Students’ Culture House (1960-1962): an architectural novelty of the time

Photo: Iasi County Council Archive

Student’s Culture House

Ample room for culture

The monumental Students’ Culture House was an architectural novelty dedicated to culture and leisure activities, an important means of propaganda used by the Romanian Communist regime.

An architectural novelty

The Students’ Culture House was designed by the famous architect Ilie Costinescu. A technical novelty for the time was the resistant structure of reinforced concrete beams, elaborated by Professor Anatolie Mihul. The building covers an area of 2160 m2, with a spacious performance hall. The monumental building contains several halls and foyers with a total surface of 5,000 m2. Inspired by modern architecture, the fabric follows a linear design and plain composition.

Culture and propaganda

The Students’ Culture House was supposed to offer leisure activities for university students, an important means of propaganda used by the Communist regime. However, the place soon became a cultural milestone and a springboard for young talents. In 1967, the Art Club was inaugurated as an important meeting place for young artists. Several artistic groups grew out of the club, such as “Doina Carpaţilor”, “Mihai Eminescu” Literature Club and “Ludic” Theatre.

Today, the Students’ House organises creative activities, promoting dance, music, film and theatre festivals. At the same time, it offers workshops and seminars in various fields: painting, photography, graphics, sports, music, dance as well as communication and management.