Elevation and Sinking

The New Hegyvidék Art Gallery, Budapest

Architects: Zoltán Kalászi, Márton Pintér
Text: Szilvia Molnár
Photos: Balázs Máté

Founded by the local government of District XII, Budapest, Hegyvidék Art Gallery started its activities in 1998 at No. 16 Városmajor Street. In 2014 it was obvious that it is going to move from its home which was neither modern, nor worthy of its prestige. The local government published a contest for the MA students of MOME Institute of Architecture. As a result, the Gallery moved to Királyhágó Square at the beginning of 2017 into a modern exhibition facility. The winning project was a joint design submitted by Zoltán Kalászi and Márton Pintér, with graphic arts by Katalin Boromissza. The applicants defined a white cube style exhibition space in their scheme in which space offers a neutral framework for the undisturbed reception of the art works on display. Bordered by white walls, this space with evenly distributed light and cast concrete floors guarantees that moving around in these rooms is an adventurous experience in itself.

Competition phase
Tenderer: XII. Kerület Önkormányzat, Hegyvidék Galéria
Winning entry: Zoltán Kalászi, Márton Pintér
Graphic design: Katalin Boromissza, Nóra Demeczky – de_form, Zoltán Kalászi (since 2018 studio kazoda; Márton Pintér since 2015: VERY GOOD OFFICE)

Realization phase
Leading architect: Bálint Csóka; András Göde szakkonzulens – KROKI Studio
Realitazion plan: Viktor Ábel, Zoltán Kalászi
HVAC: Tamás Oltvai
Electrical engineering: Krisztina Balla
Lights: Ádám Mikuska – Lysis Projekt
Specil thanks: Balázs Marián