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Herb-Valley Centre ZÁNKA / MODUM

13:00 - 9 October, 2015
Herb-Valley Centre ZÁNKA / MODUM, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zánka, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    András Krizsán
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky +26

The House of the Postmaster / kissmiklos

02:00 - 4 October, 2015
The House of the Postmaster / kissmiklos, © Bálint Jaksa
© Bálint Jaksa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mátraszentimre, Szabadság u. 3, 3235 Hungary
  • Area

    150.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Bálint Jaksa © Bálint Jaksa © Bálint Jaksa © Bálint Jaksa +28

Ilcsi Beauty Workshop / sporaarchitects

13:00 - 11 September, 2015
Ilcsi Beauty Workshop  / sporaarchitects, © Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Attila út 79, 1012 Hungary
  • Architects in Charge

    Ádám Hatvani, terhalozat; Attila Korompay
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi +25

Atelier YokYok Creates Wood Forest Installation in Budapest

08:00 - 5 September, 2015
Atelier YokYok Creates Wood Forest Installation in Budapest, Courtesy of Atelier YokYok
Courtesy of Atelier YokYok

Atelier YokYok, in partnership with Sammode, created a temporary geometric forest called “TREEDOM” for the 2015 Sziget Festival in Budapest. Constructed in nine days before the festival, and then dismounted in two days afterwards, the installation was composed of 37 wood poles, and over 200 boards, with the highest point extending 10 meters.

Parish Church of the Celestial Queen / 4 plusz Építész Stúdió

05:00 - 20 August, 2015
Parish Church of the Celestial Queen  / 4 plusz Építész Stúdió, © Albertszki Tamás
© Albertszki Tamás

© Albertszki Tamás © Albertszki Tamás © Albertszki Tamás © Albertszki Tamás +25

Funeral Home in Dabas / L.Art Architectural Office

02:00 - 17 August, 2015
Funeral Home in Dabas / L.Art Architectural Office, © Dorottya Sára Ligetvári
© Dorottya Sára Ligetvári

© Dorottya Sára Ligetvári © Dorottya Sára Ligetvári © Dorottya Sára Ligetvári © Dorottya Sára Ligetvári +22

Batthyány László Institute for the Blind / A4 Studio

18:00 - 31 July, 2015
Batthyány László Institute for the Blind / A4 Studio, Courtesy of A4 Studio
Courtesy of A4 Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Mátyás király utca 29, 1162 Hungary
  • Architect in Charge

    Géza Kendik, Zoltán Papp, Orsolya Maza, Viktória Dóczy, Sándor Gombár
  • Constructor

  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A4 Studio

Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio Courtesy of A4 Studio +24

The Vision of a Village / Csécsei Ákos

02:00 - 31 July, 2015
The Vision of a Village / Csécsei Ákos, © Frikker Zsolt
© Frikker Zsolt

© Frikker Zsolt © Frikker Zsolt © Frikker Zsolt © Frikker Zsolt +25

MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music

08:00 - 14 June, 2015
MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music, Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs
Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs

Envisioning the House of Hungarian Music as the new center of distribution within Liget Park, MenoMenoPiu Architects proposed a circular form for the concert hall, facilitating circulation to and from the museum and within the park. Although not the final winner of the Liget-Budapest Competition, “The Circle” demonstrates an interesting organizational strategy and perspective on sound. 

Music Hall. Image Courtesy of +imgs Aerial View. Image Courtesy of +imgs Entrance. Image Courtesy of +imgs Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of +imgs +14

Dekoratio Branding & Design Studio / Dekoratio

15:00 - 29 May, 2015
Dekoratio Branding & Design Studio / Dekoratio, © Balint Jaksa
© Balint Jaksa
  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Rózsa utca 36, 1077 Hungary
  • Graphic Design, Interior Design, Art Direction

  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Balint Jaksa © Balint Jaksa © Balint Jaksa © Balint Jaksa +26

Visegad Town Center / aplusarchitects + S73 stúdió

03:00 - 18 May, 2015
Visegad Town Center / aplusarchitects + S73 stúdió, © The Greypixel Workshop
© The Greypixel Workshop

© The Greypixel Workshop © The Greypixel Workshop © The Greypixel Workshop © The Greypixel Workshop +17

Hello Wood 2015: Project Village

17:00 - 3 May, 2015
Hello Wood 2015: Project Village, © Hello Wood
© Hello Wood

Hello Wood is looking for students and young architects, designers, and artists in their Project Village, its 2015 workshop and symposium held 11-19 July. Applications are due before the 16th of May.

This year’s event follows the success of Hello Wood’s workshop in the summer of 2014, which saw participation from over 120 architects, artists and designers from 25 countries. Project Village will examine the typology of the village and the means for its production, proposing new and more efficient methods of master planning and construction. Among the invited team leaders of Hello Wood 2015 are: the founder of Invisible Studio and Studio in the Woods, Piers Taylor; winner of ArchDaily’s Building of the Year 2014 award, Katsuya Fukushima; and founders of 72 Hour Urban Action architectural group. Open Call for students is available here.

K4 Office Building / 3h architecture

14:00 - 10 April, 2015
K4 Office Building / 3h architecture, © Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects

  • Location

    Budapest, Hungary
  • Design Team

    Andras Mark Bartha, Zsombor Feher, Lilla Kantor, Bence Kertesz, Anna Sara Kiss, Tamas Nemeth, Orsolya Pataj
  • Design architects

    Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther
  • Project Architect

    Tamas Bekesi
  • Area

    23330.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky +19

Why Budapest's Contemporary Architects had to Go Underground to Find Success

09:30 - 8 April, 2015
Why Budapest's Contemporary Architects had to Go Underground to Find Success, Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

This article by ArchDaily's former managing editor Vanessa Quirk first appeared on ArtsCultureBeat, the web magazine of Arts & Culture concentration at Columbia Journalism School’s MA program, titled "The Secret Life of Hungarian Contemporary Architecture."

This time last year, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán stood at a podium in a pristine new subway station. Raw concrete beams criss-crossed above him; state-of-the art, driverless trains stood silently beside him. It was the opening ceremony for Line 4, a subway line that due to delays, corruption, and disputes had been 40 years in the making.

“The people of Budapest began to accept the thought that only their grandchildren would use Budapest’s new Metro line, or not even them.” Orbán told the crowd. He recounted an old joke that embodied the cynicism that once surrounded the project: Chuck Norris had been on Metro Line 4.

Orbán credited the line’s completion, which occurred only a few weeks before the 2014 parliamentary elections, to “the solidarity and unity that was established in 2010 [when Orbán’s government took power] and has since been maintained.” He didn’t mention how, under his first government (1998 to 2002), he had withheld funds from the project, contributing significantly to its delay. Nor did he mention that his party had fought against the idea that the line, an expensive infrastructural project, needed architecture at all.

Today, though, the line’s stunning architecture is its most noticeable feature. Line 4 is not just a watershed achievement in Hungary’s history, but also a symbol of what it takes to make contemporary architecture in Hungary today. Both literally and figuratively, contemporary architecture had to go underground.

Fovam Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Gellert Station / sporaarchitects. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Kálvin tér Station / PALATIUM Studio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky Bikás Park Station / PALATIUM Studio. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky +7

Playing with Balance and the Balance of Play: Hello Wood's 2014 Camp

10:30 - 3 April, 2015
Playing with Balance and the Balance of Play: Hello Wood's 2014 Camp, Cornwalk / Ákos Juhász + Dániel Eke. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky
Cornwalk / Ákos Juhász + Dániel Eke. Image © Tamás Bujnovszky

A shortened version of this article by ArchDaily's Managing Editor Rory Stott appears in HW 1-5, a book by the organizers of Hello Wood about the camp's first five years.

Arriving at Budapest’s international airport on a warm Saturday in July, I confess to being unprepared for my week ahead at Hello Wood 2014. Hungary was the third country and Budapest the fourth city I had been in in 72 hours, and thanks to this (uncharacteristically) chaotic week, I hadn’t had the chance to research anything about the camp. All I knew was what could be learned from the photos of the 2013 camp which I had published almost a year earlier: that is, that the camp is held in an idyllic rural setting, presumably a significant distance from Budapest; and that the quality of work seems unusually high for a week-long architecture workshop, presumably indicating a serious, focused atmosphere at the camp.

The first of these assumptions was absolutely right. But the second could hardly be more wrong. In fact the atmosphere at the camp was so far from being serious that by Tuesday, Gábor Betegh - a friend of the organizers and coincidentally Cambridge University’s new Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy - told me how fascinating it was to compare the “centripetal madness” of the philosophers he knows to the “very centrifugal madness” of the architects at the camp. This remark was made in response to one of the team leaders screeching like a monkey from the top of his team’s half-completed tower.

© Géza Talabér © Anna Vághy Playground / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop. Image © Géza Talabér © Géza Talabér +20

Doboz Bar / Péter Szendrő

21:00 - 26 March, 2015

© Zsolt Batár © Dániel Dömölky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Sandor Lilienberg +28

New Visitor Entrance, Benedictine Archabbey Of Pannonhalma / CZITA Architects

18:00 - 13 March, 2015
New Visitor Entrance, Benedictine Archabbey Of Pannonhalma / CZITA Architects, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Czigány © Tamás Czigány © Tamás Czigány © Tamás Bujnovszky +20

O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground

00:00 - 25 February, 2015
O'Donnell + Tuomey's Central European University In Budapest Breaks Ground, View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University
View from street. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University

Work has begun on O'Donnell + Tuomey's first project in Hungary. The new collection of buildings and restoration projects for the Central European University in Budapest sits within existing courtyards in a dense area of the city. Bringing a total of 35,000m² of new space to the inner-city campus, the project consists of a new library spread across five floors, an auditorium, multiple public spaces, teaching and learning facilities, study rooms, and a café.

Roof terrace. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Internal courtyard. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University Lecture Hall. Image Courtesy of O'Donnell + Tuomey / Central European University +12