FUGA is Five Years Old

Text: Eszter Götz Photo: Tibor Zsitva The Budapest Chamber of Architects opened FUGA in the heart of the City in 2009 on a site where it could actually fulfil its function to attract the wider public of architecture because of its easy access and proximity. Now, five years later, FUGA is a multi-cultural centre open […]

Towards Ecological Architecture

What architecture may learn from ecology Text: Krisztián Dudics Architecture relates to ecological issues on more than just one level: architectural theory is a participating agent in the philosophical-scientific-artistic discourses of the currently prevailing Zeitgeist, the construction and the utilisation of buildings are some of the most significant media conveying the physical influences mankind exerts […]

Technical Innovation Against Architectural Culture

Energetic Renovations in Germany Text: Zsuzsa Beliczay Sustainable architecture is the greatest challenge the near future holds for designers and architects as soon as in the next few decades as the German government and the decree on energy-saving defines a reduction of primary energy-consumption by 80 % till 2050. This is an enormous task especially […]

Building Facades Analysis

From the Aspects of Environmental Psychology Text: Anna Losonczi, Klára Sarbak, Andrea Dúll Photos: Klára Sarbak Architectural design and decisions may draw inspiration from new aspects by analyzing human beings: how we sense, perceive, experience and live by our environment. What do we know about the sensation of natural and man-made spaces and what can […]

An Architect in the Era of Background Checks

Born a Century Ago: Kamill Kismarty-Lechner Text: Zsolt Ruszthy Kamill Kismarty-Lechner architect was born in Budapest 100 years ago, in 1914. He was a teaching assistant of the Department of Building Construction at the Budapest Technical University between 1942 and 1944. In 1948 he burst into international public awareness with his school in Szikszó especially […]

Media Architecture Biennale Awards 2014

For the second time, Media Architecture Biennale Awards were given will to outstanding projects at the intersection of architecture, media and interaction design. This happened at an award ceremony at Aarhus City Hall on November 21, 2014. Winner Animated Architecture: Energy Tower Façade Lighting (Denmark) The façade is designed by Erick van Egeraat and consists […]

Figurative sense

Budapest Design Week 2014 Text: Eszter Götz, Edit Pálinkás This October Budapest Design Week organised for the 11th time brought the best of Hungarian and international design to the Hungarian capital, offering a wide range of programs. Our everyday lives are more and more pervaded by technology and the internet, by the use of smart […]

Hungarian Design Award 2014

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, 7 October – 2 November 2014 The objective of the Hungarian Design Award is to showcase and promote the achievements of Hungarian design, to acknowledge the prominent figures of Hungarian design and to improve the competitiveness of Hungarian products in the international arena with the tools of design. The Hungarian […]

Emblematic Renewal

Extension and Reconstruction of Rudas Baths Architect: Péter Vékony Text: Miklós Okrutay Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Referring to Budapest as a city of baths is a call-word not only for visitors but also for natives, especially as it is also rich in outdoor beaches, lidos and sports swimming pools besides the traditional medicinal baths and spas. […]

Everything Together

St. István’s Chapel, Badacsonytomaj Architect: Tibor Jankovics Text: András Krizsán Photos: Tibor Zsitva The chapel in Badacsonytomaj designed by Tibor Jankovics reflects a search for the interplay between human beings and the sacred. The venue, the Balaton Region north of the lake features seas of stones everywhere, spreading as far as the horizon. Thousands of […]

Excellent Vintage

Festival Valley, Tokaj Architect: Csaba Bodonyi Text: Edit Pálinkás Photos: Ákos Sárai, Tibor Hanák, Edit Pálinkás Closed down for good in 1999, the quarry in Tokaj almost exactly evokes the experience of an open-air ancient Greek theatre with its well-known setting. As a result, it offers an ideal venue for outdoor events. The idea to […]