A Metamorphosis on Water

Sports And Events Ship, Budapest
 
Architects: Marcel Ferencz, György Détári
Text: Bálint Botzheim
Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky
 
The headquarters of the Hungarian Kayak and Canoe Association had been used for a long time as a boat house as well, with starting points to row along the waterfront Moszkva promenade. However, the latter were closed down in 1990s. Since then their replacement has always been on the agenda. Finally, in 2015 the idea occurred to have a superstructure float on the water in front of the centre which would perfectly meet the current needs. The basic requirement for the new facility was to contain a store house for boats, changing rooms, and a pier or port to access water to row on. These were then completed with other functions, such as the training centre, and a community and exhibition space. The vessel purchased for the purposes of the remodeling was a 1800 TS barge which in its facelifted form resembles a carefully conceived design object. The staves of the barge grow upward and thus evolve into struts supporting the superstructure. The frames growing out from the bodywork of the ship are set in a row all along the structure, defining closed interior spaces, or external ones, even terraces. The external view is primarily dominated by the sequences resulting from this, whilst the secondary components of the composition contribute to the overall impression with patchy effects owing to the perforated components inserted in-between them.
 
General design: NAPUR Architect Kft.
Leading architects: Marcel Ferencz DLA, György Détári DLA
Partner architect: Dávid Nyul
Fellow architect: Pál Holyba
HVAC: Attila Lucz – Hvarc Kft.
Electrical engineering: Zoltán Ivanics – Provill Kft.
Lights: Zoltán Morvai – Be Light Kft.
Structure: László Szalai – Vázterv Mérnök Iroda Kft.
Sound: Balázs Magos – Intertone Elektroakusztikai Kft.
Fire protection: Lajos Horváth
Accessibility: András Pandula
Interiors: Márton Jahoda – JAAD Kft.
Ship expert: Pannon Építőműhely Kft.
Ship technology: Gyula Pompor, Imre Varga, Béla Pintér, Bence Barta Barát
Ship electrical engineerig: Gyula Nagy
Water design: Zoltán Baksay
Main contractor: MAHART Tiszayacht Kft.