On the Heritage of Imre Makovecz on the 20th Anniversary of his Death

Text: György Szegő It is ten years now that Imre Makovecz, our „national architect” died on September 27th, 2011. Here is a commemoration with a personal touch to focus on the foundations of his way of thinking, the harmony of architecture and nature, as well as the responsibility of architects.

A Well-Deserved Place

Visitors’ Centre and Ecclesiastic Collection Store, Székesfehérvár Architect: Robert Gutowski Text: Tamás Kiss Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Walking the streets of the former coronation town, Székesfehérvár one can actually feel its history. This rich fabric has been added a more recent layer: next to the gardens of the Episcopal Palace there is now the Visitors’ Centre […]

St Stephen’s Live Heritage

Holy Trinity Chapel, Derekegyház Architect: László Váncza Text: Péter Vesmás Photos: Balázs Danyi The orientation and horizontal configuration of the Holy Trinity Chapel in Derekegyház follows examples of medieval rural churches. Its entrance is marked by a tower organically integrated in the design, and the choir above the gate covers the entrance porch. The interior […]

Community Beneath a Spacious Roof

Extension of the Roman Catholic Parish, Pestszentimre Architect: Zoltán Kovács Text: Nóra Ostoróczky Photos: Zoltán Kovács The community of Pestszentimre has been dreaming of their own centre which was built in 2020 and is referred to in their own publication as ,,our house”. The church yard with a unique milieu has been the venue for […]

Service and Commemoration

The Remodelling of the Parish, Torna, Slovakia Architect: Jan Krcho Text: Béla Pazár Photos: Jan Krcho In the row of houses facing the street it is surprising that a single-storey flat-roof brick structure stands on the side of the development with a magically unexpected situation. It may have been slightly modified, but we do not […]

Oratory in Pasarét

Community Building Pasarét Architect: Gábor Sajtos Text: Zoltán Dragon Photos: Zsolt Hlinka Built between 2020 and 2021, the Community Building in Pasarét is spiritually based on some sentences of Gaudium et Spes, whilst its physical foundations are the renovation, remodelling, functional revision and „outreach” of the Franciscan monastery. The former monastery had actually too many […]

Sophisticated High-Tech

Hungexpo F1 Reception Building Architects: Péter Dóczé, Mária Magyar Text: Péter Debreczeni Photos: György Palkó Significant changes have taken place at Hungexpo between 2019 and 2021 by modernizing the existing exhibition halls and constructing the new congress centre and pavilions. An important part of this modernization was the connection of the various buildings, the creation […]

Glass Organism in the Heart of Budapest

Szervita Square Building Architects: Antal Fekete, László Gellár Text: Anett Mizsei Photos: Zsolt Hlinka By the turn of the millennia there has hardly any vacant lot been left in the fabric of downtown Budapest, which means that large-scale new developments are only possible after the demolition of existing buildings. Meanwhile the maximizing of the marketable […]

Magical Transcendence

The New Home to Bánáti + Hartvig Architects Architects: Béla Bánáti, Lajos Hartvig Text: Mária Tatai Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky A unique building was salvaged by Bánáti + Hartvig Architects, when transforming and remodelling a former restaurant building along Fehérvári road in Buda into its own headquarters. Built in the 1960s, this single-storey pie features a […]

Meaningful Simplicity

Detached Family House, Göd Architects: Péter Klobusovszki, Balázs Rose Text: Krisztina Somogyi Photos: Balázs Danyi Not far from the river Danube, a detached family house located in a tiny street does not ambition to stand out from erveryday reality. Quite the contrary, it creates a „fine place” within it with its own sensuous order, opening […]

The Heritage of Alajos Hauszmann Comes to Life

St Stephen’s Hall Reconstructed in the Royal Palace of Buda Restoration: Tibor Angyal Text: Kornél Baliga Photos: Várkapitányság Recently recreated, St Stephen’s Hall is a unique phenomenon: it is a completely destroyed interior reborn, not only regarding architecture and applied arts, but furnished in an authentic way including every detail, such as furniture and decoration, […]

The Renovation of Künstlerhaus

Albertina Modern, Vienna Architect: August Weber (1868) Restoration: Thomas Mahr (2021) Text: György Szegő Photos: Albertina, Hanna Szegő In the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy the development of the capital city, Vienna and visual arts mutually enriched each other to flourish as signalling the stages of an economic breakthrough in the 19th century. Artists were rivalling with the […]