Architect Radu Dragan
Radu Dragan is an architect and Urban Planner that established his company, Dragan Architecture, in Paris. Dragan Architecture works mainly with projects in Saudi Arabia, but they also develop architectural projects in Europe and even in China. Radu Dragan talks about his pursuit of perfection and his passion for projects that are never finished because the ways to alter them are endless.
What is the main source of inspiration for your Middle East projects?
I have some oriental inspiration, but the main source is the classical style and environments. But, it is not in my philosophy to copy the classical style. If you ask me what I like, it is modern decoration and minimalist decoration. Right now we have very modern cars, we want to go on a trip to Mars and we make interior design and decoration inspired by styles from years ago, it is not logical.My inspiration comes from the true classical architecture and the books. What I am trying to do with my work is to always have a concept behind, and a true idea behind the concept.
If you had to choose just one of your projects, which project would it be?
Last year we finished a villa, it was a new experience for us because I tried to do an ethnic concept and use ethnic materials. Another project that I really like is a project that is just a plan, a never constructed modern building. Because it was never built it has loads of possibilities still. Every project that is built it always faces problems, and you say to yourself “if I would do it now I would do it better”.
What projects are you working on?
Right now we have an architecture and interior design hospitality project close to Saudi Arabia (in the East Coast). Also, we are making some houses in France and two villas near Paris. In China, we are engaged in a project of a classical villa.