Lechner a Creative Genius

Museum of Applied Arts, 20 November 2014 – 27 August 2015 Text: Lilla Zámbó Ödön Lechner (1845–1914), one of the greatest figures in Hungarian architecture, and certainly its most original, deserves a prominent place among the international talents from the turn of the century. This exhibition presents the whole scope of the work of the […]

Architecture Media Awards 2014

Winners of the Architecture Media Awards 2014 Architecture Media Awards in Building category Archbishop Vineyards, Almagyar – architects: Péter Gereben, Balázs Marián Architecture Media Awards in Design category The reconstruction of Zárkándy Bastion – design: Anna Rátkai People’s Choice Award in Building Category Fencing Hall of Vasas Sports Club, Budapest – architect: Géza Kendik People’s […]

Eventful Contradictions

Várkert Bazaar, Budapest Architects: Ferenc Potzner, Péter Pottyondi, Tamás Dévényi Text: Anna Zöldi Photos: Tamás Török / Topogram Reborn from its ruins, Várkert Bazaar has opened a new gate towards the Castle. Built 130 years ago primarily for aesthetic reasons, this building by Miklós Ybl has been exposed to decay for long decades disgracefully. A […]

Tüskecsarnok Completed

Budapest, Lágymányos, University Campus Architects: Antal Lázár, Dr. Péter Magyar Text: Ádám Sylvester Photos: József Hajdú There had been a construction project left unfinished in Lágymányos where the mass of a would-be sports hall and its characteristic silhouette suggesting something ultimate inspired the fantasy of passers-by on the Pest side of the city. Having a […]

In Two Main Roles

Ludovika Academy, Budapest Architects: Tihamér Szalay, István Mányi Text: Sándor Csontó Photos: Tibor Zsitva The best views of Pest in the Reform Period were two fascinating Revivalist Classicist buildings by Mihály Pollack: the Hungarian National Museum and its more modest equivalent, the Ludovika Academy. The latter was completed in 1836 but came into use only […]

Past Perfect Rethought

The Renovation Project of the Remains of the Military Headquarters Architect: Zoltán Deák Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Tamás Török / Topogram Designed by Mór Kallina, the complex of the Defense Ministry built in two stages from the direction of St. George Square features a third component which did not exist longer than five decades in […]

Invisible Monument

ELTE, Trefort Garden, Budapest Architects: Ildikó Bujdosó, Dénes Fajcsák, Eszter Lukács, Nóra Szigeti, Farkas Albert, János Roth, Levente Szabó Text: Péter Sugár – Tamás Tomay Photos: Farkas Albert, Ákos Polgárdi The Faculty of Arts of ELTE University and the Association of Master Architects invited brainstorming projects for undergraduates and MAs of the 22nd cycle of […]

Freedom of Spatial Design

Cricoteka – Museum of Tadeusz Kantor, Cracow Architects: IQ2 Consortium Text: Edit Pálinkás Photos: nsMoonStudio, Maciek Jeżyk, Stormann and Webber As a result of revitalization of Podgórska power station buildings, Cracow obtained a multifunctional building that has changed the landscape of Vistula boulevards. Founded by Tadeusz Kantor the Cricoteka is the symbol of artistic search […]

Viennese Hagenbund – The Network of the Modern

Unteres Belvedere, 11 October 2014 – 1 February 2015 Text: György Szegő Active in Vienna between 1900 and 1938, a group of artists managed to stand well above daily politics. Its members were not only from Austria: many Hungarian, Czech, Slovenian and Polish artists kept in touch with each other after the disintegration of the […]

Technology Behind the Scenes

Ybl’s Opera House Kiscell Museum, 10 October 2014 – 18 January 2015 Text: Pál Ritoók Photos: BTM Kiscell Museum The exhibition focuses on the original architectural drawings of the famous Neo-Renaissance building and also presents its innovations in the technical fields. „Theatrical works” should fulfill a number of technical requirements; numerous equipments and machines are […]

Private Architectural Galleries in Budapest

Text: Fanni Gárdos Apparently, there is hardly any need for venues for permanent architectural exhibitions in Hungary nowadays, compared to what we experience either in western or eastern countries. The Architectural Museum only exists virtually, and if we survey architectural galleries active nonstop at least in Budapest – even till recently – we only have […]


HAP Gallery, 2003-2014 Text: András Ferkai Photo: Tamás Bujnovszky Closed right now, HAP Gallery in Budapest as well as other venues have hosted a total of 110 temporary, permanent or travelling exhibitions in the past 11 years. Besides the presentations and introductions of some artists, painters, graphic artists, sculptors, photographers and certain topics (such as […]