status: work-in-progress 
team: Anca Cioarec, Brîndușa Tudor, Ana Arsene, Milena Popa

Merindarul or ‘the house of food’ for passers-by is an object present in the rural romanian space, built on the property limit, hosting a potential dialogue between the outside and the inside. It is part of the limit, a moment of transgressing it. First, the limit separates the two worlds and then it proposes moments of crossing or dialogue. Like the doors, windows and thresholds, Merindarul is a pause in the limits narative, maybe the most generous one.

Merindar could be a facilitator of managing our shared resources in the public space today.

It is an open invitation to reuse, recycle and to generously give away the excedentary objects that populate or lives, coming from overcrowded kitchen cupboards, desks, wardrobes, bookshelves, storages or toy boxes.

It proposes moments of reflection towards our perception of waste and when one’s useless could be useful to someone else.

It also proposes moments of care and attention to our natural resources, by creating simple ways of collecting rainwater or ripe apples and cherries, reflecting upon what could streetfood might be tomorrow for all the citizens that populate our urban spaces today being them humans, birds, bees or cats and dogs.

It is a place of exchange that celebrates the act of giving and receiving.

It is an anti-consummerist happening in the city.

Merindar aims to be the pretext for building a generous community through a network of moments of connection between givers and receivers. It also aims to celebrate the joy of microarchitecture by designing and building small houses of gift together with kids, students, young architects and anyone interested, through experiments with materials and building techniques.

*Merindar is a project that continues the theme of the Metakitchen project (our entry for competition for the Romanian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale in 2018, along with the curator Anca Verona Mihuleț)
**During Street Delivery Quinet we had the first workshop with young kids where we tried to define a possible matrix for givers and receivers, possible functions and we intuitively modelled together with clay the first merindars.
***Ana is a design student in Rennes and during her two weeks observation practice in our studio, she illustrated the typologies developed at the workhop.