December 12, 2005
When inside, one will wonder at its architecture: a round hall. The reason for building it so came less because of acustics, but rather because before the ground being given to the Athenaeum; it was planned to build a circus here. The foundations were already in place and it was imposed on the Athanaeum to keep these foundations. This imposed the whole architecture of the halls. Being short of space, the four stairs from the entrance hall leading to the first floor are in a snail form, with a break in the form of a rounded balcony with a view on the central part of the entrance hall, bordered by 12 columns covered with an immitation of rosa marble. The round form of the main hall proved, however, very good for conferences and concerts.
Its facade was inspired by the Erechteion Temple in Athens, while the circular middle, with its cupola, was inspired by Lysicratos’ Monument in Athens.
From journal Weekend in Bucharest