Kossuth Prize 2023: Gábor Mezei Interior Designer

Traditionally, the most prestigious state honours are awarded to the most distinguished members of the Hungarian scientific and artistic communities on the occasion of the national holiday of Hungary on 15 March. This year, Gábor Mezei interior designer and furniture designer, among others, was awarded the Kossuth Prize for his work. Born in Budapest in […]


Generations and Narratives in Architecture InterMÉSZ is a niche initiative of the Association of Hungarian Architects (MÉSZ) that targets to comprehensively explore the structures and narratives of the professionals in architecture and to create an intergenerational dialogue that allows for direct contact between architectural and theoretical professionals of different generations. The thematic intergenerational conversations will […]

Golden Cubes Awards 2023

Hungarian Participants of the International Tender Text: Krisztina Somogyi For the second time now, the Association of Hungarian Architects (abbreviated as MÉSZ) has launched the Golden Cubes Awards, a competition founded by the UIA’s Architecture and Children working group, which brings together exemplary work in the field of built environment education from all over the […]

Celebrating beauty

Festetics Castle Renovation, Dég Architects: Kinga Garaguly, Kálmán Gábor Text: Eszter Götz Photos: Attila Gulyás The three-storey, U-shaped castle in Dég was built between 1802 and 1812 after designs by Mihály Pollack. The composition is a true masterpiece: the portico, which rises from the central colonnade, is accentuated by Doric columns and topped by a […]

Tidying up with Care

Renovation of Franciscan Monastery, Szolnok Architects: Árpád Álmosdi, Monika Csendes Text: Nóra Ostoróczky Photos: Ártér Architects Franciscan monks arrived in Szolnok in 1686, and in 1718 they built their very first church on the site of the present-day monastery, with a thatched roof and adobe. The Franciscans commissioned master builder Joannes Babtista Carlone (1682–1747) from […]

Healing Again

Façade Reconstruction of Kútvölgyi Clinical Centre, Budapest Architects: Elemér Csánk (1944), Antal Lázár, György Stocker (2022) Text: Zsolt István Kiss, Péter Varga Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky After eighty years of operation, the façade of Kútvölgyi Hospital in Budapest has been renewed. Its birthday can be counted since its inauguration in 1944, the start of construction in […]

An Office Block beneath the Gardens

Major Court Office Block, Budapest Architect: Gergely Fernezelyi Text: Péter Debreczeni Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Back in the 18th century Városmajor and the street was a road for carts, flanked by houses with enclosed walls, typically wooded, with back gardens running up the hillside. As the street gradually became more urbanised, this duality was preserved, and […]

From the Cellar to the Attic

Catholic Kindergarten, Budafok-Tétény Architect: Gábor Csanády Text: Eszter Götz Photos: Anna Fábry In the early 1800s, a school was built in the centre of Budafok, behind the Roman Catholic church, in a village then famous for its vineyards and wine cellars. Later on, a cross-wing was added tot he structure on the upper floor, and […]

Free Play

Apartment Building, Budapest Architect: Gábor Bártfai-Szabó Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Tamás BujnovszkyBuilt on the corner of Székely Bertalan and Szondi streets in Terézváros, the condominium seeks responses to the duality between the inherited cityscape and the livable, inhabitable interior spaces as we interpret them today. Here, the spirit of experimentation has given birth to some […]

House for the Garden

Family House, Remeteszőlős Architecture: GUBAHÁMORI Text: Anett Mizsei Photos: Balázs Danyi It is a curved building that reveals itself mysteriously, step by step. Clean, coherent and continuous, but not fully reveaing itself all at once. GUBAHÁMORI’s design team has designed an out-of-trend, characteristic and yet not “rebellious” residential house for Remeteszőlős. The house balances between […]

In the Move

Car Park, Sopron Architect: Zoltán Tima Text: Levente Móré Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky What sort of architectural gestures can be used to make a certain building type, the car park, which today has a very poor prestige, more acceptable? Zoltán Tima and his colleagues at KÖZTI have answered this question with a building of austere structure, […]

Ready for Change

Budapest ONE Multi-Storey Car Park, Őrmező Architect: Ágnes Streit Text: Zoltán Dragon Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The newest parking garage of Budapest, built in Őrmező, next to the M1-M7 motorways, provides parking lots for tenants of the Budapest ONE office building and for people who arrive in the city. Its unique, unconventional facade design distinguishes it […]