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Hello Wood 2013: Step Closer!

Back for its fourth year, the creative camp Hello Wood was held last month in Hungary, set in the countryside north of Lake Balaton. At Hello Wood, 120 young designers and architects worked with leading experts to create installations which approach issues of society and community in architecture, ideas encompassed by this year's motto "Step Closer!" Twelve teams had one week to create these installations using timber as their primary material, with the projects being judged and a winner awarded at the end of the week.

Read on to find out about the installations, and which one was judged the winner, after the break

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Black Magic House / T2.a Architects

© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
  • Architects: T2.a Architects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Bence Turányi
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár

Vibrant Geometry / 3h architecture Ltd

  • Architects: 3h architecture Ltd
  • Location: Medve utca 17, 1027 Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: 3h architecture Ltd
  • Head Architects: Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther
  • Project Manager: Orsolya Pataj
  • Assistant Architects: Zsombor Fehér, Anikó Hajdú, Lilla Kántor, Bence Kertész, Orsolya Pataj, Tímea Szarka
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Center of Air Navigation Services / ZSK Architects

  • Architects: ZSK Architects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: László Kalmár, Zsolt Zsuffa
  • Project Architect: Gábor Nagy
  • Assistant Architects: Glória Papp, Szilvia Rehus (competition), Katalin Fazekas, Zsófia Lázár, Mihály Kanyó, Roland Németh, András Gali, Iván Kund, Balázs Rose
  • Area: 10500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Transformation and Extension of the Central Building of Zanka / Modum

  • Architects: Modum
  • Location: Zanka, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: András Krizsán
  • Design Team: Judit Csontó, Szabolcs Debreczeni
  • Engineer: Csaba Rosza
  • Contractor: Kuti & Fia
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

5th Annual Budapest Architecture Film Days

Initiated by KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in 2007, the 5th Annual Budapest Architecture Film Days will be taking place February 28-March 3. The main intent of the event is to use the medium of film to highlight the most subtle processes in architecture, design and urban development. This year, the 4-day festival proposes the richest and most diverse program of its half-decade existence to those interested in architecture, design and cities. The event opens with a portrait of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Oscar Niemeyer. For more information, including a complete program of events, please visit here.

Video: 'The Scooter' / A4 Studio

Above is a video created by A4 Studio which features three of their projects located in the shore of the biggest lake of Middle-Europe, Lake Balaton. The Club 218 and Sio Plaza are two of the three projects in the film that have been published on Archdaily. All projects featured here are very modern works and emphasize A4 Studio’s creative design methodology. The architectural gestures of these projects is shown in detail as a child is shown moving in and around the buildings on a scooter.

Congregation House / SAGRA Architects

  • Architects: SAGRA Architects
  • Location: Szolnok, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Sajtos Gábor
  • Design Team: Sajtos Gábor, Grand Gabriella, Páll András, Virág Péter, Németh Regina
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Szentirmai Tamás

© Szentirmai Tamás © Szentirmai Tamás © Szentirmai Tamás © Szentirmai Tamás

Franciscan Chapel / SAGRA

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
  • Architects: SAGRA
  • Location: Kisfakos, 8800 Nagykanizsa, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Gabor Sajtos
  • Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky, Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos

© Tamas Bujnovszky Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos Courtesy of SAGRA © Gabor Sajtos © Tamas Bujnovszky

Twin Houses / Ekler Architect

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
  • Architects: Ekler Architect
  • Location: Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Dezső Ekler DLA
  • Team: 4N Architect Ltd
  • Structural Engineer: Kovács & Kovács Studio Ltd
  • M&E: Optimal+ Ltd
  • Interior Design: Ekler Architect Ltd., Renáta Rőth
  • Area: 483.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Somlo Winery Complex / Ekler Architect

  • Architects: Ekler Architect
  • Location: Somló, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Dezső Ekler
  • Design Team: Árpád Koncz, Gyöngyi Berta, Balázs Győri, János Gatter, Veronika Katona, Dalma Kiss, Bálint Berki
  • Area: 5,947 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Vasas Sports Hall Facade Competition Entry / A4 Studio

Designed by A4 Studio, their design proposal for the new facade for the Budapest Vasas Sports club, one of the oldest and most successful sports associations in Hungary, won the realistic dream project award in the Trimo Architectural Awards competition. The novelty of the planned façade is the plasticity of the manner in which the sports figures are represented. The basic system: the embossed ArtMe TRIMO laminated panel. Its outer appearance incorporates one single simulated gold metal surface (with varying hues of gold), a reference to the previous sports successes of the club. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multi-Purpose Sports Hall Competition Entry / MACA Estudio + Virai Arquitectos

MACA Estudio + Virai Arquitectos shared with us their proposal for the multi-purpose sports hall in Budapest XVI District, which was selected as a finalist in international competition. Their design aims to be a transition between the urban landscape and the rural agricultural landscape nearby. It looks for an innovative but integrated image into the environment, with materials and colors that resemble the park and the trees of the area, like a still life that copies the tone and appearance of the surrounding vegetation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rácz Thermal Bath / Budapesti Műhely

  • Architects: Budapesti Műhely
  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Architect In Charge: Tamás Dévényi, Csaba Valkai, Anikó Varga, Péter Kis
  • Structural Engineering: András Szabó, Tamás Tamássy
  • Mechanical Engineering: Ervin Barta
  • Electrical Engineering: Ferenc Haasz, Gábor Somogyi
  • Landscape: Adrienne Szalkai
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky, Courtesy of Budapesti Műhely

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky

Waterfront Kopaszi Dam / T2.a Architects

  • Architects: T2.a Architects
  • Location: Budapest, Hungría
  • Arquitectos: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi, Tamás Mórocz
  • Diseño De Paisaje: Garten Stúdió Ltd.
  • Paisajistas: István Steffler, György Szloszjár, Gabriella Vastagh
  • Ingeniería Estructural: LMI Ltd.
  • Area: 50000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Zsolt Batár, Attila Polgár

© Attila Polgár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár © Zsolt Batár

Sports Centre Csörsz / T2.a Architects

© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár

Architects: T2.a Architects Location: Budapest, Hungary Architect In Charge: Gábor Turányi, Bence Turányi Project Team: Zsolt Frikker, András Göde, Orsolya Gönczi, László Földes, Barna Láris, Péter Márk, Eszter Mészáros, Levente Skultéti, Zoltán Stein, Miklós Vannay Photographs: Zsolt Batár

© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár
© Zsolt Batár

H House / Budapesti Műhely

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Architects: Budapesti Műhely Location: Sóskút, Hungary Architect In Charge: Tamás Dévényi, Budapesti Műhely Associate Architects: István Kovács, Eszter Mihály, Orsolya Takács, Viktor Vadász Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky
© Tamas Bujnovszky

Concert Hall Installation / Dániel Baló, Dániel Eke, Zoltán Kalászi

Designed and built by Dániel Baló, Dániel Eke, and Zoltán Kalászi, the concert hall installation in the Archabbey of Pannonhalma was intended for the classical concerts of the Arcus Temporum Festival. Fitted for the gym of the abbey’s boarding school, the installation uses just two elements as the artwork’s clear but complex structure still engulfed the spacious dimensions of the gym. The light bulbs’ strict geometrical grid and the parallel waving layers of the translucent textile, which also improved the gym’s acoustics, were dropped from the ceiling into the space below. More images and architects’ description after the break.