A Tame Centaur

Centre for Amplio Automatika, Székesfehérvár

Architects: Bence Turányi, Mátyás Papp
Text: Mária Tatai
Photos: Zsolt Batár

The company named Amplio has now a new building which appears somewhat enigmatic at first sight: on one end, it is a longish prism, clad in anthracyte grey trapezoid sheet, while on the other end it is a public building with an articulated mass. Just like a centaur, it is an organic unit of two different kinds of qualities. Actually, it houses three functions: automatic systems of cutting edge quality are developed, manufactured and marketed in here. The production hall takes up the larger half of the structure. The top is oriented northwards featuring a shed-system of a row of skylight windows that let in natural light, which guarantees homogenuous diffused light owing to the light walls and the floors. On its other half, the building evolves into a two-storey office block which, in contrast, appears as an integral design owing to the wrap-around bands of the steel facework. The foyer at the entrance is defined by an upper storey projecting 6 metres forward. This kind of cutting-edge architectural and structural solution is a gesture presenting the rank and prestige of the company towards the external world. Engineering systems are also focal points of the design: to use a contemporary expression, it is a „smart house”, which in this case is a synonym for computer-controlled operation.

General design: T2.a Építésziroda Kft.
Architects: Bence Turányi, Mátyás Papp
Co-ordination: CreCon Kft.