Public Buildings – Changing Aspects

Lectures and Discussion, FUGA, January 22nd, 2016 Text: Eszter Götz The Public Buildings Design Department of the Budapest University of Technology has commemorated its 70th anniversary. Head of the department, Mihály Balázs and his colleagues decided to celebrate it by defining its present position and trying to find its possible trends of the future instead […]

Freestyle or In a Responsible Way

Opinions on the Cancellation of Licensing the Construction of Detached Family Houses Text: Éva Tétényi A governmental decree came into effect at the end of December, 2015 with the ambition to simplify the licensing procedure of constructing detached family houses with an area of less than 300 m2. Written as apropos of this decree, this […]

Telluric power

The New St George’s Church in Józsa District, Debrecen Architect: Zoltán Győrffy Text: Tamás Meggyesi Photos: Zsolt Batár The newly built church primarily impresses the visitor via its gently proportionate mass and unique, homogeneous material qualities. The simple, acute-angled tent-roofed mass with a low parapet is harmoniously complemented by the structure of the belfry which […]

The Synthesis of Dignity

The Remodelling and Extension of the Clinic, Pécs Architects: Csikós Zoltán, Peity Attila Text: dr. Kiss Zsolt István Photos: Csikós Zoltán Suited to accommodate 400 patients, the clinic was a characteristic building of the University of Medicine in Pécs. Designed by Lajos Gádoros, it was opened in 1966 which was enriched with a significant extension […]

From train depot to a public space

Railway Station, Pécs Architect: Tibor Hajós Text: Mónika Pilkhoffer Photos: Tibor Zsitva It was a milestone for Pécs in 2010 that the city, being an European Culture Capital then, was given the chance to get enriched with several new cultural and infrastructural developments. An exception was the building of the railway station which had been […]

An Urban Structure Being Re-Evaluated

Southern Railway Station, Budapest Text: dr. Nagy Béla It did not take long for the world to recognize the significance of rail travel. Only appr. ten years after the opening of the Stockton – Darlington railway line, the law of 1836. XXV. was passed to start the construction of the railway routes between Pest-Buda and […]

Forged into one

Municipal Offices and Train Station, Delft Architects: Mecanoo Text: Edit Pálinkás Photos: Harry Cock, Mecanoo Six years after the original announcement of the project, the first phase of Mecanoo’s new Train Station and City Hall complex in Delft, has been opened to the public. The station, in combination with municipal offices and the new city […]

Lovely Playfulness

Bus Station, Szentgotthárd Architect: Géza Kendik Text: Anett Mizsei Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The concept of the newly inaugurated bus terminal passenger lounge in Szentgotthárd was based on a clear formula faultlessly consistent from both a formal and a functional viewpoint. Designers had two inspiring points of reference to start from. The first one was an […]

Riding a Bus in a Pompous Way

Coach Terminal, Keszthely Architect: Tamás Riedl Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky In Keszthely, the neighbourhood of the railway station was chosen for this purpose, which seems like a widespread solution. Being subordinated to the railway, coach transport had not possessed a terminal of its own so far: the roofless platforms and the bus terminal […]

Up close and far away

Star Park, Zselic Architects: Judit Erdélyi-Gáspár, Róbert Erdélyi Text: Judit Fenyvesi Photos: Barbara Deák, Judit Fenyvesi, Gábor Szellő As a result of a large-scale development of tourist facilities including several structures, the Star Park of Zselic had been completed by the summer of 2015. Being the least light-polluted area of Hungary, it is located in […]

Land art on the Top of the World

Messner Mountain Museum, Corones, Italy Architect: Zaha Hadid Text: Eszter Götz Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects Embedded within the summit of Mount Kronplatz, 2,275m above sea level at the centre South Tyrol’s most popular ski resort, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is surrounded by the alpine peaks of the Zillertal, Ortler and Dolomites. Established by renowned […]

Building Game

Dévényi Antal Lookout Tower, Nagy-Kopasz Hill Architect: Dr. Ferenc Lőke Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Tibor Zsitva Rising above Piliscsaba, Nagy-Kopasz Hill is crowned with a lookout tower which is the true reflection of a very simple gesture: it seems to have been constructed much in the same way as a little boy would have built […]