What I really love about Bucharest is that the underground cultural scene has started to flourish in the last years and a lot of abandoned, yet beautiful buildings, are finally reused for different purposes than their initial ones.
One of these buildings is Carol 53, which is actually the address of a house that wants to be thought of as an independent cultural programme. The building is a monument dating back to the end of the 19th century with a long history: the Turkish Embassy was settled here, then the house was nationalized and afterwards it was transformed into a shared living space.
In the 90s the house was given back to the original owner’s family and in the years to follow it started decaying. In the summer of 2012 a group of young architects moved in, started cleaning it up and gave it another purpose. They are now living on the first floor of the house and use the ground floor and basement for cultural events. It’s actually a reanimated house that’s now a gallery, a space for projections, dance, theater, contemporary art & fashion fairs.
The whole vibe of the place is very positive and the house struck me because of the amazing mélange of the XIX century architecture, modern pieces of furniture and graffiti.
There are a lot of weekend vintage fairs in the house, so just check out their FB page.