Higher and Higher All the Time

Look-Out on Pilis-tető

Architect: József Koller
Text: Miklós Okrutay
Photos: József Hajdú

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The path leading to the highest point of the Pilis Hills has long been avoided by those who love hiking in the forests even if tourist maps of the region published meanwhile included it nonstop. As late as the mid-1990s there had been a strictly guarded missile base here. The breathtaking panoramic view we can enjoy from the look-out tower opened here in autumn 2014 shall most probably contribute to the newly gained popularity of Pilis-tető as a destination of nature-lovers. Named after the Blessed Eusebius, the founder of the Paulite order the atmospheric lookout tower evokes the historic Zeitgeist of the site as this experience is conveyed by its architectural means. Light filters through the timber ribs used as simple devices of the facade and structural design much in the same way it breaks through the foliage above our head when we are walking the path leading here. Details are carefully elaborated whilst the design and the configuration of the interior reflects a conscious in-depth analysis of the tower design as a basic issue in architecture.

Architecture: Koller és Társa Tervező Kft.
Leading architects: József Koller, Dr. Ákos Hoffecker, Dr. Ferenc Lőke
Structure: József Maros, András Kis Bogdán – Marosterv Kft.
Electrical engineering: Tibor Vas, Miklós Mándity – ELVÉ2004 Kft.
Main contractor: Molnár és Molnár Építőipari és Kereskedelmi Szolgáltató Kft.
Client: Pilisi Parkerdő Zrt.