The Inn on Balaban, Bran (Romania) Construction
Built by local craftsmen, the Inn is modeled on a Carpathian Mountain-style peasant home particular to the Bran valley (see original house). Its principal features are an enclosed courtyard and steep shingled roof lines.
Two architects, Attila Zakarias and Kazimir Kovacs, adapted the original peasant vernacular architecture to the modern requirements of a government approved Inn. None of the elegant proportions or characteristic hand-crafted features were sacrificed.
Built around an enclosed courtyard, spacious attics normally used for hay or smoking meats and storing food were made into comfortable lodgings with private bathrooms. Furniture is hand made and painted in Saxon style by local craft artists. The dining and living-room surround a traditional hearth.
In 1968, while covering Romania for a National Geographic Magazine story (see), the architectural style was first sketched (below) by the owner in nearby Magura village. Coincidentally, that house was moved several years later to the Village Museum in Sibiu, 100 miles away; and 35 years later it became the model for the Inn on Balaban.
See the Inn today ...