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House in the Green Belt of Budapest / HMS-plan

  • Architects: HMS-plan
  • Location: Dunaharaszti, Hungary
  • Architects: Balazs Marko /HMS-PLAN Kft., Budapest/, Laszlo Ujhelyi
  • Interior Design: Balazs Marko /HMS-PLAN Kft., Budapest/, Laszlo Ujhelyi
  • Architect Assistant: Mihaly Ungvari
  • Structural Engineering: Kund Horvath /HMS-PLAN Kft., Budapest
  • Construction: Latszobeton Kft, Budapest
  • Area: 275.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.

© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft. © Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft. © Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft. © Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.

From the architect. Raw concrete frequently appeared as a material in Hungarian architecture of the seventies. It was in line with this tradition and its mix with today’s modern concrete technologies that this house was built in Dunaharaszti, a place that belongs to the green belt of Budapest.

The visible concrete, the whitewash walls and the large glass surfaces complement each other in setting the tone of the building.

The shape of the building follows an ascending line, which ends in a console sticking out 4 meters of the main body of the building. Broken angles and cross-cuts cater for variety.

© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.
© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.

The average Hungarian plot size does not ensure the necessary distance from neighbouring buildings, therefore, when placing the building and drawing the plan, the South-Western direction is the most advantageous one, facing which the building can open up.

This construction project fulfils all the requirements concerning today’s Hungarian detached (family) houses. The largest and also central space is the living-room. The kitchen, as a large open cube, stands here as an entity on its own. From this point nearly the entirety of the ground floor as well as the most beautiful parts of the garden can be seen. Lines of the house and its surroundings converge here. From the ground floor steel plate single-armed stairs lead to the first floor. Bedrooms and the accompanying spaces that serve them can be accessed from the gallery. The children’s rooms have glass walls towards the gallery, which ensures a visual connection with the living area. The parental bedroom, however, is fully isolated.

© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.
© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.

An important element of the building is the solar area, which gains heat and thereby contributes to the energy supply of the building.

© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.
© Anett Mizsei /HMS-PLAN Kft.

The application of raw concrete surfaces is increasingly frequent in the building of Hungarian detached houses when it comes to the exterior, however, it is still unusual in the interior. If painted and polished, this material has special potentials for designers. Interior design plans calculate with a minimum amount of furniture, which leads to the application of in-built furniture.

In the course of designing the building, the garden was given special emphasis, so as to counterbalance the relatively less prominent character of the surroundings.

Cite:"House in the Green Belt of Budapest / HMS-plan" 13 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>