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  • Architects: MINUSPLUS
  • Location: Budapest, Kazinczy Street 48, 1075 Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Zsolt Alexa, Donát Rabb, Ákos Schreck, Ferenc Kis, Tímea Molnár, Szabina Pap, Balázs Turai
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky, Bertalan Soós

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Sauflon Centre of Innovation / Foldes Architects

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Wine Terrace and Spa / Gereben Marián Architects

  • Architects: Gereben Marián Architects
  • Location: Eger, Almagyar, 3300 Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Péter Gereben, Balázs Marián
  • Design Team: Gergely Álmos, Péter Mészáros, Tamás Mezey, Kálmán Nyilas
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zsolt Frikker, Dávid Lukács, Balázs Marián

© Dávid Lukács © Balázs Marián © Dávid Lukács © Zsolt Frikker

Hello Wood 2014 Invites Student Teams to 'Play With Balance'

Set in the bucolic fields of Csórompuszta in the Hungarian countryside, the annual Hello Wood camp was recently back for its fifth year. Every year, students have one week to create wooden installations under the instruction of specially selected tutors, each of whom provide an outline idea of a project in response to a theme. This time around the challenge from the organizers was to "play with balance," which generated ideas that investigated the balance between opposing concepts - but also generated a whole lot of play, too. See all 14 of the weird and wonderful results after the break.

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Competition Entry Proposes Colorful Duo of Museums for Budapest

Italian design firm IaN+ has put forth their vision for a pair of museums along the Dòzsa Gyorgy Boulevard in Budapest, Hungary for the Liget Budapest International Competition. Connected by a central foyer, the two exhibition spaces will be based on a common grid of structural concrete walls whose cells will form galleries. One of these museums will be devoted to photography, the other to architecture, and each building, while similar in appearance, is designed to best accommodate the work they will display.

Architecture Museum Exterior. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Exterior. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Gallery. Image © IaN+ Architecture Museum Circulation Space. Image © IaN+

Gomba / Hetedik Müterem

  • Architects: Hetedik Müterem
  • Location: 1114 Budapest, Móricz Zsigmond körtér, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Levente Szabó DLA, Zsolt Gyüre
  • Co-architects: Orsolya Simon, Dávid Kohout, Balázs Biri
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tamás Szentirmai, Balázs Biri, Courtesy of Hetedik Müterem

© Tamás Szentirmai © Tamás Szentirmai © Tamás Szentirmai © Balázs Biri

Ziya İmren Proposes a House of Hungarian Music

Ziya İmren Architects have proposed a "symphonic architectural poem dedicated to Franz Liszt and Béla Viktor János Bartók" as part of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition launched earlier this year. The architects' approach is based on the pioneering compositional methods of Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok. The design proposal brings "thematic inspiration to the fore by restructuring the classical system of a symphonic work into the form of poetry as a gesamtkunstwerk (a 'total work of art')."

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Nagyerdo Football Stadium / BORD

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© Tibor Olah
  • Architects: BORD
  • Location: Debrecen, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Peter Bordas
  • Co-ordinating architect: Robert Benke
  • Design Team: Robert Gulyas, Gabriella Gaspar, Annamaria Holovits, Tamas Mezey, Timea Szabo, Julia Szendroi,Tamas Tolvaj, Annamaria Toth, Kata Zih
  • Area: 7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tibor Olah, Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tibor Olah © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky

Budapest Breaks Record with World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

Official Danish LEGO constructors have teamed up with locals in Budapest, Hungary to build the world’s tallest LEGO tower. Rising 34.76 meters (114 feet) in front of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, the towering spire was officially registered with the Guinness book of World Records for breaking the US’ previous record of 34.43 meters on May 25th. The structure was made of 450,000 colorful bricks and appropriately topped with an oversized, Hungarian-built Rubik's Cube. 

Hello Wood 2014

Hello Wood is an international art program, taking place in Csorompuszta, the countryside of Hungary between July 19 and July 27, 2014.All work, produced there, carries two attributes: it’s mostly from wood and it’s characterized by an interplay of art and social commitment. Hello Wood integrates various fields of art, design and science; it creates community and encourages talent. It brings together students and professionals from across borders, moreover it connects everyday people with the designer community.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to create 12 wood installations. To participate, you need to fill out the application form until May 16. The organization is also having an open call for workshop leaders. 

All the information regarding the event, participation and workshop leaders after the break.

Liget Budapest International Design Competition

The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt. 100 % owned by the Hungarian State announce an open, international, two-stage design competition for the design of museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project on the territory of the City Park Budapest. The construction of the new buildings, the complete renewal of the green area of the City Park, and the renovation of the institutions already present Liget Budapest will be one of Budapest’s leading, well-known tourist and cultural destinations and a unique family park recognised as such all over Europe.

Agora Szeged / BAHCS architects

  • Architects: BAHCS architects
  • Location: Szeged, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: András Báger, Csaba Helmle
  • Fellow Architects: Gabriella Antal, Nóra Báger, Balázs Turai, Tamás Tóth
  • Building Structures: Péter Handa
  • Structural: Roland Ambrus, Tamás Méri
  • Interior Design: György Frank, Péter Fábián
  • Area: 7240.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Zsolt Frikker, Andras Bager

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Espresso Embassy / sporaarchitects

  • Architects: sporaarchitects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Dékány Tibor, Hatvani Ádám
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Danyi Balázs

© Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs © Danyi Balázs

Hideg House / Béres Architects

  • Architects: Béres Architects
  • Location: Koszeg, Hungary
  • Architect in Charge: Attila BÈres, Jusztina Bal•zs
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

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SPAR Flagshipstore / LAB5 Architects

  • Architects: LAB5 Architects
  • Location: MOM Park Bevásárlóközpont, 1123 Budapest, Alkotás Street 53, Hungary
  • Design Team: Linda Erdélyi, András Dobos, Balázs Korényi, Virág Anna Gáspár
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batár

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Christmas Tree Made of Sledges / Hello Wood

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© Dániel Dömölky

From a distance, it would seem a traditional Christmas tree has been erected in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. But upon closer inspection, a surprise is revealed- the tree is made up of 365 sledges. Designed by Hello Wood, an architecture and design studio based out of Hungary, the 11 meter tree will eventually be disassembled and the sledges given to the kids of SOS Children’s Village. Read more about the installation after the break...

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