K4 Office Building / 3h architecture

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Architects: 3h architecture
Location: ,
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
Year: 2015
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

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

Gellert Station / . 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 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.

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

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.

Doboz Bar / Péter Szendrő

Architects:
Location: , Klauzál utca 10, 1072 Hungary
Collaborators: Dávid Loszmann, Gábor Korintus, Kristóf Pataricza
Area: 492.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Dániel Dömölky, Zsolt Batár, Tamas Bujnovszky

New Visitor Entrance, Benedictine Archabbey Of Pannonhalma / CZITA Architects

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Architects: CZITA Architects
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Tamás Czigány, Anikó Páll, Györgyi Tóth
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky, Tamás Czigány

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

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 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.

In Conversation With Sheila O’Donnell And John Tuomey, 2015 Royal Gold Medallists

John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell – recipients of the 2015 Royal Gold Medal. Image Courtesy of

When Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, who practice in partnership as O’Donnell + Tuomey, were named as this year’s recipients of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, a palpable collective satisfaction appeared to spread throughout the profession. No one could find criticism in Joseph Rykwert and Níall McLaughlin’s nomination, nor the ultimate choice of the RIBA Honours Committee, to bestow the award upon the Irish team. Their astonishingly rigourous body of work, compiled and constructed over the last twenty five years, has an appeal which extends beyond Irish and British shores. A robust stock of cultural, community and educational projects, alongside family homes and social housing projects, leaves little doubt about the quality, depth and breadth of their mutual capabilities and the skill of those that they choose to collaborate with.

Read the conversation with the Gold Medallists after the break.

Holiday Cottage / Tóth Project Architect Office

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Architects: Tóth Project Architect Office
Location: Kapuvár,
Architect In Charge: László Tóth, László Papp, Frigyes Schalling
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky

Liget Budapest Awards Graeme Massie Architects’ Museum of Ethnography Third Place

Garden View. Image ©

Recent participants in the Liget Budapest design competition, Graeme Massie Architects have taken home third place for their proposed Museum of Ethnography design. The museum, one of five museums planned for the Liget development, is located at the very corner of Budapest City Park and is meant to act as a welcoming landmark for the city. Graeme Massie fulfills this requirement in a unique fashion, creating a building that is instantly recognizable, but still manages to blend with its surroundings. Learn more, after the break.

Liget Budapest Awards Third Place to LEAD’s Blue Tiled Museums

Street View. Image © LEAD

Taking home third place in the Liget Budapest competition, the Laboratory for Explorative Architecture and Design (LEAD) has proposed a colorful design for Budapest’s new photography and architecture museums. A stunning shade of blue, the undulating buildings will mark the entrance to City Park, and provide a new cultural hotspot for Hungary’s capital city. Learn more about them, after the break.

GSMM Takes Home Second with Twin Buildings Proposal for Liget Budapest

Ground View from Boulevard. Image © GSMM

The Liget Budapest Competition, a call for proposals for five new cultural buildings in ’s capital, has recently announced a few of its winners. Design firm GSMM architetti Giorgio Santagostino- Monica Margarida was awarded second place for their proposal for a paired Photo Museum and Museum of Hungarian Architecture. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery in Berlin, these twin buildings aspire to create a cultural focal point in , and to revitalize for the City Park.

Nature Guides Kengo Kuma’s House of Hungarian Music Proposal for Liget Budepest

Museum Shop and Cafe Entrance. Image © Kengo Kuma and Associates

The Liget Budapest Competition has recently announced its winners, and Kengo Kuma and Associates has taken home honorable mention for their House of Hungarian Music design. Conceived as a house in the woods, the proposal seeks to embed itself in the landscape, having a low impact on the natural environment while becoming a focal point of Budapest’s urban environment.

ARCVS Takes Second Place in Liget Budapest House of Music Competition

Exterior View- Summer. Image © ARCVS

The Liget Budapest Architecture Competition has recently announced the winners for Budapest’s new Hungarian House of Music museum design. Coming in second place is architecture firm ARCVS Projektni biro. Their proposal takes the form of an 8-pointed star-shaped dome, held up by a veritable forest of columns. This uncommon shape provides numerous places, both indoors and out, for education, leisure, and exhibition, establishing itself as a prominent destination for the people of . Learn more, after the break.

BFarchitecture Takes Second Place in Liget Budapest Museum of Ethnography Competition

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A few days ago, the winning design for the new Museum of Ethnography was revealed. BFarchitecture, awarded second place, has just released their design proposal, which weaves the city and park of Városliget together by flowing the public along the Dózsa György út through the procession of the building.

AVA’s Sculptural House of Hungarian Music Takes Third for Liget Budapest

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This past spring, the Liget Budapest competition was launched in the interest of finding new designs for planned cultural buildings in the Hungarian capital. One of these, the House of Hungarian Music, is to be a museum as well as a performance space set in Budapest City Park. Over 170 entries were submitted for the building, and of those, Andrea Vattovani Architecture’s proposal has taken third place. This gently curving and folding sculpture of a building aims to present the history of Hungarian music in an engaging setting, while creating an iconic landmark for the city of Budapest. Learn more, after the break.

Hello Wood’s Budapest “Charity Tree” Built from 5,000 Logs

© Dániel Dömölky

Made from 5,000 pieces of firewood, Hello Wood’s “Charity Tree” installation stretches 11 meters high, 4.5 meters wide and weighs 150 quintals (15,000 kilograms).  Hello worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to build the tree in one of Budapest’s central squares, and all of the firewood used in the temporary installation will be given to families in need in January.

Youth to Youth / batlab

© Norbert Juhász

Architects:
Location: , Hungary
Architect In Charge: Gergő Batizi-Pócsi, Péter Batizi-Pócsi
Structural Designer: Benedek Kiss
Year: 2014
Photographs: Norbert Juhász

Winery in Balaton Highland / SAGRA Architects

© Sajtos Gábor

Architects: SAGRA Architects
Location: Szent György Hill, Hegymagas,
Architect In Charge: Sajtos Gábor
Design Team: Sajtos Gábor, Gilvesy Robert, Grand Gabriella, Virág Péter
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sajtos Gábor