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Vibrant Geometry / 3h architecture Ltd

  • 01:00 - 23 May, 2013
Vibrant Geometry / 3h architecture Ltd
Vibrant Geometry / 3h architecture Ltd, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Medve utca 17, 1027 Budapest, Hungary
  • Category

  • 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

  • Structural Engineering

    System Steel Tervező Ltd.
  • Main Contractor

    Épszerk Pannónia Invest Építőipari Ltd
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© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

Text description provided by the architects. This small office building is in a densely constructed Budapest neighbourhood close to the Danube, where the streets are connected to blocks in a gappy way, there are alternating heights, as well as stylistically heterogeneous streetscapes. Our building relates and is without reference at the same time: it ignores the height of the building right next to it, but conforms to the ridge of the firewall behind it, creating a unity beyond trivial neighbourly relations.

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

The building follows an apparently strict, tense geometry. Its prism-formed mass is distinguished by salient and retreating surfaces following a chessboard pattern. The outer plain has a holey disk pattern which is intentionally extravagant and reminiscent of seventies pop culture. Thus, the apparent transparency of the building is misleading: it does not correspond to a link between the exterior and the interior. Rather, the glass becomes an instrument of separation. And since it separates, the properties of the glass also become important: the vertical surface functions as a large mirror and thus a tool of virtual multiplication. 

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

The strict exterior continues in a geometrically structured but pulsating interior. The inside world of the building is organized around an atrium which receives natural light from above, it is elongated and articulated by building boxes shifting positions on each floor. All relevant spaces are visually linked to this inner atrium. The glass boxes poking into the atrium seem to float in a tight yet airy space. Open-space and cell-like offices alternate with each other level by level. Cellular offices have solid parapets while the open-space offices are separated from the atrium by walls rising to the ceiling. Light alternates with weight, transparency with blind spots.

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

The building successfully combines passive and active “green” principles. Heating and cooling is provided by a low temperature water-system fed by an air heat pump. It can be ventilated through the glass roof of the atrium and the meeting halls on the ground floor which open directly to the garden. The solid parts of the roof will be turned into green roofs which can also be adapted to hold solar panels in the future. The most important principle of the interior design was sustainable comfort. One of the pillars of this strategy is natural light penetrating into every corner of the building. 


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Cite: "Vibrant Geometry / 3h architecture Ltd" 23 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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