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  • Antimetric Symmetry

    Széchenyi Transmission Tower, Budapest

    Architect: Tamás Dévényi
    Text: Zoltán Dragon
    Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky

    Antimetric symmetry features the facade of the Széchenyi Hill transmission tower. This is how the architect in charge of the remodelling project referred to the positioning, scales and proportions of the double bay window, that is the architectural components that essentially distinguish the original structure from the newly re-interpreted facility, remodelling from the „restoration of historic structures”. Built in 1958, the tower has actually been re-conditioned, as the development of radio technology enriched the functions of the building, whilst its engineering and technical equipment became outdated. Architect Tamás Dévényi, who was in charge of the redesigning stage, ambitioned to restore the original character of the structure, quite often applying solutions featuring the restoration of historic buildings. He restored details and components that survived or could be salvaged to their original glory. In contrast, he reinterpreted those that were destroyed, or the restoration of which was impossible due to financial, technical reasons or because of a change of functions, by using the vocabulary of contemporary architecture. In doing so, he avoided creating contrasts and imitation as well, and he phrased the changed needs of his own era and age.

    Architects of the original building (1956–1958): László Székely, István Gergely
    Leading architect: Tamás Dévényi – Budapesti Műhely
    Fellow architects: Franciska Hutter, Bea Polyák, Viktor Vadász
    Interiors: Tamás Dévényi
    Structure: László Szőnyi – Geon
    HVAC: Gábor Mihály Szigyártó – SMG-Sisu
    Electrical engineering: György Kapitor – SMG-Sisu
    Fire protection: Áron Kerényi
    Garden design: Dániel Kontra – Urbanconcept