A Statement by MÉSZ

About the future of the Budavár National Electricity Spreader Building   According to news published recently, the Hungarian Government intends to demolish the much disputed, yet iconic Budavár National Electricity Spreader building. The Association of Hungarian Architects is convinced that high-standard architectural works of the past century should be protected much in the same way […]

A New Issue Concerning Lechner’s Revolution

Debt of a Century, Prolonged Text: György Szegő   The greatest master of Hungarian Art Nouveau, Ödön Lechner was born on August 17th, 1845. Now, in 2020 we are celebrating his 175th birthday. Celebrations like this are supposed to be associated with births, but as the evaluation of Art Nouveau and its “Hungarian form” are […]

Intertwining Gestures

St John Paul II Church, Páty Architect: Robert Gutowski Text: Tamás Kiss Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky   The church is located in the heart of the village, on a gently inclining neighbourhood surrounded by detached family houses built in the past few decades with a green-belt typology. As a composition, it strikes one as a building […]

Broadway Melody

The Reconstruction of the Thalia Orangery Architect: Krisztián Vincze Text: György Szegő Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky One of the most unique curiosities of the „Pest Broadway” is the building of Thália Theatre in which a minor theatre was now reborn named Thália Télikert (Orangery). During the large-scale reconstruction the direction of acting was turned by 90°. […]

The House of the Exchange Egg

Kecskemét Campus, Education Building Architects: Lajos Hartvig DLA, Gábor Nyéki, Béla Bánáti Text: Mária Tatai Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Based in Kecskemét, János Neumann University was founded by uniting several colleges of the Great Hungarian Plain in 2000. In Autumn 2019 the first unit of the campus was opened for the university to house the Faculty […]

Along the Arch of a Circle

Detached House, Gödöllő Architects: Zoltán Horváth, Márton Benedek, Balázs Juhász Text: Sándor Csontó Photos: Nóra Bereczki Architect Péter Kaffka designed a complex in Gödöllő in 1940 to contain three houses for a company of well-known Budapest-based artists. Using means of Hungarian folk art,  and yet reaching beyond it, the complex included a long single unit […]

Reconstruction of the History

Fort Captain’s Lodge, Gödöllő, ICOMOS Prize 2020 Architect: Gábor Kruppa Tex: Eszter Götz Photos: Török Tamás / Topogram Located next to the castle in Gödöllő, the fort captain’s lodge was built around 1750 and whenever it was used it had functions associated with the castle. Its spectacular timber porch was an addition sometime after 1900. […]

Genuine Modernist

Detached House Budakeszi, German Design Award 2020 Architect: Attila Borsay Text: Bálint Botzheim Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Attila Borsay designed a new detached house in Budakeszi on a steep and narrow site, surrounded b a chaotic residential environment, which was a great challenge. There used to be a dwelling house on the lot built back in […]

The Nature of Transformation

Remodelling a Detached Family House, Balatonalmádi Architect: Tamás Tomay Text and photos: István Gyulovics   Situated on a corner lot defined b three streets, the residential house remodelled after designs by Tamás Tomay is found in the inner part of a settlement near Lake Balaton. Originally built in the 1970s, the building rated as a […]

Museum under the City

Amos Rex Museum, Hensinki Architect: Asmo Jaaksi – JKMM Architects Text: Eszter Götz Photos: Tuomas Uusheimo, Hannu Rytky, Mika Huisman Located in the heart of the city, Amos Rex is sited across from the 1920s classicist Parliament building and diagonally opposite the Steven Holl designed Kiasma Museum. The entrance to Amos Rex is through Lasipalatsi […]

Tisza Forest School and Trail

Thesis, MOME Institute of Architecture Concept and text: Levente Szász Consultant: András Göde Northern-Eastern Hungary is one of the poorest areas in our country. People are struggling with ethnic and economic problems which distort the minds of the children and their world views. The presented forest school project, designed on flood basin, intends to solve […]

Urbanistics with Corona Virus Fever?

Text: Richárd Ongjerth Disasters have played major roles in the development of cities in two different ways so far. Firstly, fires, floods, earthquakes, or even volcano eruptions often destroyed existing settlements, annihilating long-standing conditions, circumstances of existence.  Such events , however, also made it possible for towns and cities to further develop after rebirth in […]