The Romanita is a brutalistic social housing tower located in Chisinau, Moldova. It was built between 1978-1986 by the architect Oleg Vronski. The Romanita is approximately 77 meters tall and it was once the tallest building in Chisinau.
In the 1970s, the local authorities started to build collective flats for small families to meet the needs of the growing population.
Social housing projects like the Romanita became more common. Often deemed as an architectural prowess of its time, the concrete cylinder was nicknamed ”the daisy” by the locals. All the residential units were built in a circular arrangement and were supported by the center of the structure, enhancing the slender image of the building.
The Romanita Tower consists of 2 basements, a ground floor, and 22 stories and it has 165 apartments.
After the 90s the tower was privatized by the owners, and its legal status was changed from social housing to residential apartments.
The units inside the tower were small and the space was limited, and the families couldn’t do any changes in their units without the permission of the local authorities. After the privatization period, the tenants expanded their spaces by building makeshift balconies. Eventually, these interventions distorted the image of the building.