István Kotsis Award 2020

MÉSZ, December 15th, 2020 On December 15th, the 131st birthday of István Kotsis, the medals named after him were awarded  as the professional recognition of fair-play architects which is a recognition by the Association of Hungarian Architects (MÉSZ) for educators’ work and achievements who double excellently as designer architects. Based on the proposals of the […]

Development Scheme of the Balaton Centre Keszthely 2020

Results of the Contest The Architecture Department of the Hungarian Art Academy published an open tender of architecture titled The Development Scheme of the Balaton Centre 2020 to invite proposals and concepts for a multi-functional complex offering high-standard services in a location of high significance by means and tools of architecture and landscape design including […]

Pure Brick, Spiritual House

Calvinist Church and Congregation House, Miskolc-Avas Architects: Éva Magyari, Béla Pazár Text: Károly Zsolt Nagy Photos: Tamás Szántó Miskolc is a city playing a key role in the life of the Hungarian Calvinist community. Destroyed by bombs during World War II, it was rebuilt from ruins into an industrial centre, which was exemplary during the […]

Antimetric Symmetry

Széchenyi Transmission Tower, Budapest Architect: Tamás Dévényi Text: Zoltán Dragon Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Antimetric symmetry features the facade of the Széchenyi Hill transmission tower. This is how the architect in charge of the remodelling project referred to the positioning, scales and proportions of the double bay window, that is the architectural components that essentially distinguish […]

Landscape Band-aid

Elysium Condominium, Budapest Architect: Ferenc Balogh Text: Anna Zsoldos Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The former resort building has been part of the cityscape defining that of the Buda Hills since since 1971. Meeting contemporary expectations back in those days, and also overusing the excellent potentials of its location and terrain, it had a capacity for 506 […]

The Truthful School

II. Rákóczi Ferenc Elementary and Secondary School, Hajdúsámson Architect: Tibor China Text: Rita Tuczai Photos: Tamás Szántó This building is home to II. Rákóczi Ferenc Primary and Secondary School, Grammar-School, Vocational School and Primary Art School constructed without state sponsoring. The circumstances of its construction were defined by the confines of the axe shaped site […]

The Seed-sower’s House

Lutheran Church, Nyíregyháza Architect: Attila Kulcsár Text: Réka Fazakas Photos: Tamás Szántó   On the eastern outskirts of Nyíregyháza, on the housing estate of Örökösföld there is the square named after the Holy Trinity where churches of three various Christian denominations co-exist peacefully in the spirit of ecumenicity. In 2009 the Greek one was consecrated […]

Linum Dolomiticum

Pilis Linen Visitors’ Centre, Pilisszentiván Architects: Richárd Hőnich, Péter Nagy Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Norbert Juhász In Pilisszentiván, on a site which was on lease back in those days, but later on was managed by the Duna-Ipoly National Park, there has been a visitors’ centre since 2004 which facilitates the spirit of conversationalism. The site […]

Atrium and Vestibule

Health Centre, Lepsény Architect: Péter Vékony Text: Mária Tatai Photos: József Hajdú The village of Lepsény in Fejér county has a brand new health centre opened to the public in 2020. The freestanding structure has a facade running parallel with the street-line which makes it look like a mansion with a central projection. Its main […]

The Experiment at Lake Balaton

ZAM, Multi-Functional Events Space, Zamárdi Architect: Géza Kendik Text: Anna Szövényi Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky On the free beach along the shores of Lake Balaton in Zamárdi a structure appeared in 2020 which seemed surprising at first sight: it is an architectural flip, a striking spectacle and also a vantage point for a lookout. It is […]

Bridge into the Future

Intermodal terminal, Kaposvár Architects: Viktória Simon, Bence Kertész Text: Krisztina L. Balogh Photos: MÁV, Balázs Szecsődi The concept to create the intermodal interchange in Kaposvár was first shaped ten years ago. The ambition behind this scheme was to unite the downtown long-distance coach terminal, the local bus terminal and the railway station, which are housed […]

Passage from the City to the Old Harbour

Elba Niederhafen Promenád, Hamburg Architects: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher Text: György Szegő Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects Located at Niederhafen on the Elbe River between St. Pauli Landungsbrücken and Baumwall in Hamburg, the upgraded 625 metre river promenade is integral to the modernisation and reinforcement of the city’s flood protection system. Modern hydrology and computer simulations […]