Villa Şipot on the Peleș Royal Estate, closer to re-entering Romania’s cultural and tourist circuit

The original stained glass windows, restored to their former glory. Next is the Gallery of Architects of Pele?.

Villa Șipot, also known as the “House of the Architects”, part of the Peleș Royal Estate and the place where the project of the Peleș Castle in Sinaia was completed, registers significant progress in the renovation and consolidation works started in 2022.  One of the most special works is represented by the completion of the stained glass portraying the architects of Peleș Castle, which will be installed in the future Gallery of Peleș Architects. The stained glass windows represent an element of special architectural value, directly associated with the identity of the Romanian royalty, and their restoration was an extremely important component in the process of consolidating the construction, started at the initiative of the Association for the Peleș Royal Heritage.

After the completion of the works, scheduled for the end of this year, the monument building will be returned to the cultural and tourist circuit of Romania.

Among the main objectives of the restoration project is the opening, within the Șipot Villa, of the Peleș Architects Gallery, a unique exhibition space dedicated to the architects who built and developed the Royal Estate of Sinaia, according to the vision of King Carol I, from the first plans of Peleș Castle to the entire architectural and landscape ensemble existing today.

The restoration works of the Șipot Villa, which are estimated to cost over half a million euros, are being carried out entirely through the efforts of the Association for the Peleș Royal Heritage, with the authorization of the Ministry of Culture, and are being financed exclusively with funds and logistical support from private sponsors.

“By rehabilitating the Șipot Villa and reintegrating it into the tourist circuit, we are carrying out the greatest effort to preserve, restore, and develop the historical, architectural, and natural heritage of the Sinaia Royal Estate in the last 60 years. We would like to extend an open invitation to all those who understand the importance of this project for Romania – individuals or companies – to contribute with donations or sponsorships, thus joining the efforts to protect Romania’s architectural and historical heritage. I would also like to thank all those who have already chosen to be our partners in this endeavor”, says Ion Tucă, Executive Director of the Royal Peles Heritage Association.

So far, within the renovation project, the consolidation works of the building have been completed, as well as the replacement of the thermal and electrical plumbing installations and the restoration of the resistance structures of the space that will be destined for the Peleș Architects’ Gallery.

Following the model of the great historical monuments of the world, Villa Sipot could be further used upon opening as a tourist attraction, a multifunctional space for events, an inspirational working space for young architects or other creative professionals, etc.

Villa Sipot was the workshop and home of the Czech architect of the Royal House, Karel Liman, during the design activities of the extensions and the arrangement of Peles Castle, which brought it, at the beginning of the century, to the form we know today. According to historical documents, King Charles I himself made frequent visits to the architectural office to supervise the design and implementation of its requirements.

The building is located in the valley of the Peleș stream and, together with the access road to Pelisor Castle, forms the western side of the Sinaia estate.

All renovation works are carried out by specialists authorized by the Ministry of Culture for historical monuments. The team of specialists coordinating the project includes Ing. Mihai Biriș – resistance designer, Arh. Smaranda Baciu – General Designer, Arh. Matei Badea – Designer, Arh. Elena Iordache, Ing. Marilena Mălai – Site Manager, Engineer constructor Cătălin Buliga, as well as specialists from UAU “Ion Mincu”, USAMV Bucharest and UTCB.

The Royal Pelés Heritage Association(APRP)  is the only non-governmental and non-profit entity created with the mission to protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the historical, architectural, artistic, and landscape heritage of the Royal Pelés Estate, as a key element of Romania’s culture, tourism and identity in the world. By enhancing this heritage, APRP promotes, at home and abroad, the culture and historical values of Romania.

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