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    On the Life, Death and Art of György Csete (1937–2016)

    Text: Miklós Sulyok
    Fotó: Zsitva Tibor

    Csete György

    György Csete had a basic principle on architecture which is best summed up as architecture in Hungarian. To use Hungarian language in architecture instead of foreign ones. His architecture, however, was filled with universal contents: however, it was his being Hungarian that filled it with it. It was „shelter” that he regarded the most important expression of his own architectural vocabulary and paradigm, and he found the architectural meaning of this nice and simple word himself. In his interpretation it was a bent timber structure, being a teacher he found in its etimology the structural reality of the ancient architecture of Hungarian shepherds. He based his architecture on a centrally organized horizontal plan, and combined it with a vertical axis of light coming in through the opeion to create space. In the Christian architecture it is the radiation of the celestial, divine sphere down to earth reflecting the ambition of human beings to ascend towards God. In doing so, György Csete heralded symbolic architecture with his very first building, the Spring House built in Orfű (1970-74) which remained his most famous work ever since. Now, when we are surveying his oeuvre from the aspect of his death we must conclude: he and his peer, Imre Makovecz came to be the twin-stars of Hungarian organic architecture.

    Csete György

    Orfű, Forrásház, photo: István Panyik