A Place for Healing

The Extension Project of the Buda Hospital of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John

Architect: Zsolt István Kiss
Text: Anna Zöldi
Photos: József Hajdú, András Móri

The first stage of the extension and modernization project of the Hospital of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John based in Buda has been completed. The new wing of the complex is now set in an environment which is not only a precious spectacle as part of a world heritage site, but also has an exceptionally exciting architectural texture. One of the most significant medical institution of the town of Buda in the middle ages was housed in the neighbourhood managed by the order of the Holy Spirit till the 16th century, later on by the king himself. The hospital of the Hospitaller Order was built in the early 19th century on this site. Functioning even today, it was opened in 1903 after designs by Ferenc Kiss, then lecturer for the university of technology with a characteristic revival Gothic-style gatework and facades graced with bands of bricks that resulted in a blend of the styles of the turn of the century and revivalism (historicism). Hosting 350,000 patients each year, the institution was extended as the order had a dream of a large-scale healthcare institution offering modern services and a variety of wards. Launched in 2017, the first stage now inaugurated was financed by the order itself whilst the second stage to be completed by 2022 will be co-sponsored by the Hungarian state.

Client: Betegápoló Irgalmasrend, P. Kozma Imre OH
Client coordinator: Eszter Belloni Palotásné
General design: Krämer, Kiss és Társaik Kft.
Leading architect: Zsolt István Kiss dr.
Facade concept: Zsolt Szathmáry
Interiors: István Szenes, Judit Láng – Szenes Studio Kft.
Fellow architects: Krisztián Csönge, Péter Varga, Viktor Tóth, Gergely Soós (Krämer, Kiss és Társaik Kft.); Miklós Kiss (ASC Stúdió), Mihály Nagy, István Szigetfű, Regina Nemecz (Vision Építésziroda Kft.), István Pál – Pál Stúdió Bt.
Structure: Pál Sterner, György Roszik, Áron Bajtai, Tamás Zoltán Németh, Bence Máté Petz – Sterner Mérnöki Iroda Kft.
HVAC: András Garancsy, Attila Hegedűs – Projekt Stúdió 2 Bt., Róbert Rosztocsil – Plan-Drive Kft., Antal Szilágyi – Studio IN-EX Kft.
Electrical engineering: Gábor Kun, Roland Bagi, Péter Gáspár, Gyula Kerek, András Ritzl, Ádám Turi, Lajos Balogh – Hungaroproject Kft.
Medical technology: Károly Tóth – Altero Kft., Szilveszter Csordás
Medical gas: Szilveszter Csordás – MFDS Kft.
Environment protection: Tibor Laczkó
Kitchen technology: Pál Tamás Aczél, Ágnes Straub Szalainé – Szigmavill Bt.
Acoustics: András Kotschy – Kotschy Bt.
Landscape, garden: Ágnes Herczeg, Emese Bognár – Pagony Kft.
Main contractor: Grabarics Építőipari Kft
Technical management: Seidl és Társa Kft.