Old-new Acquaintance

Renovation of Esterházy Castle, Fertőd Architects: Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther Text: Tamás Kiss Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The concept of the Esterházy Castle in Fertőd, built in the 1770s by Miklós Esterházy “The Bright”, is a huge Baroque-Rococo building complex that has recently undergone several renovations. It has long been an undisguised goal to create an […]

Old Ladies on the Banks of the Danube in Pest

Renovation of Matild Palace, Budapest Architects: Antal Puhl, Péter Dajka Text: Tamás Ulrich Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The southern building, the Matild Palace, was the first of the elegant twin palaces at the Pest end of the Elizabeth Bridge. The area and the space associated with it became a major urban element in the late 1800s, […]

The Heritage of the Art Nouveau Consolation

Tóth József Theatre, Szentes Architects: Marcell Komor (1896), János Szabó (2021) Text: Eszter Baldavári Photos: Zsófia Nyirkos The Szentes consolation and theater, which opened at the turn of the century, was in a very dilapidated state by the 1990s. In the fall of 2021, after 13 years of endurance and multi-pace renovation, it will reopen. […]

Our Common Home

Gerecse Nature Park Visitor Center, Péliföldszentkereszt Architect: Kristóf Dankó Text: Zoltán Dragon Photos: Kristóf Dankó The problem is not new: how can a voluminous text that is significant in its words and thoughts be passed on to as many people as possible, with as few mistakes as possible? The building and exhibition of the Gerecse […]

View, wine, need more than that?

Laury Winery, Mindszentkálla Architect: Gábor Sajtos Text: Anna Szövényi Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Heading towards Mindszentkálla, on the hills next to the main road, a house appears between the rows of vines, with its white gable, and then drives on and disappears behind the mountain. As we head down to the village, a gray rock-like contour […]

To Become a Place

New marketplace, Üllő Architect: Gábor Rombauer Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Zsolt Hlinka The installation of the new market in Üllő surrounds the block of the town hall in an L-shape, creating a number of unique, characteristic situations. The primary entry opens from the direction of the town hall, the two opening pavilions form a gate. […]

Redefining an Industrial Monument

Silk Factory Cultural District, Mohács Architect: Gyula Dombai Text: Dániel Rabb Photos: Lajos Kalmár During the rehabilitation of the brownfield area of the former silk factory in Mohács, an industrial monument complex was saved from demolishing. The original designer of the building was the royal engineer Ferenc Kalin, who in 1905 designed several other similar […]

Free throw

Sports hall, Veresegyház Architect: László Zsigmond Text: Sándor Csontó Photos: Zsolt Hlinka Veresegyház has become one of the most dynamically developing settlements in Hungary, mainly due to its forward-thinking and consistent city management. It is no coincidence that, over the last twenty years, it has tripled its population and, as it has kept pace, increased […]

Recapture of the River Danube

New beaches in Budapest Text: Eszter Götz Photos: László Beliczay The key to Budapest’s unique location is the river Danube, which bisects the city. It is rare in Europe to have a capital that boasts such a long riverbank, and it has not even been concreted through the early 21st century. The centuries-long bathing life […]

Concrete-wooden jewelry in the landscape

Lookout Tower at Naplás Lake Architect: Robert Gutowski Text: Mária Tatai Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The lake along Naplás Road, or the Szilas Creek reservoir, was created in 1978 by damming the stream in a marshy valley. The engineering intervention also saved the rich wildlife of the area, and from 1997 the forest-strudel environment was declared […]

Individual Context

Benedict Hotel, Kőszeg Architect: Robert Gutowski Text: Tamás Kiss Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The unique atmosphere of downtown Kőszeg in Vas county is a result of its rich historic past and precious man-made heritage including numerous protected buildings. Recently, several houses have been renewed in its centre as a result of a cooperation with Robert Gutowski […]

Soldierly Smart Reuse

Monarchy Barracks Converted into BCE Campus, Székesfehérvár Architects: Emese Kalo, Eszter Szabó, József Pásztor Text: Zorán Vukoszávlyev PhD Photos: Balázs Danyi Right next to the most densely populated district of Székesfehérvár, there are the buildings of the former barracks set in a military order. From the direction of the main road, building „A” has been […]