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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 […]