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Szeged Cathedral Renovation / 3h architecture + Váncza Muvek Studio

  • 03:00 - 23 September, 2016
Szeged Cathedral Renovation / 3h architecture + Váncza Muvek Studio
Szeged Cathedral Renovation / 3h architecture + Váncza Muvek Studio, © Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi © Balázs Danyi + 42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Szeged, Dóm tér 6, 6720 Hungary
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther (3h architecture), László Váncza (Váncza Művek Studio)
  • Area

    6655.71 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Project Architects

    Tamás Békesi, Zsuzsanna Kolláth, Orsolya Pataj
  • Project Team

    Dorottya Garay-Kiss, Anna Sára Kiss, Zsombor Fehér, Zoltán Lang, Márk Váncza
  • Structural Engineer

    Balázs Puskás (TERRAPLAN'97 Mérnökiroda Kft.)
  • Sanitary Engineering

    János Bukovics (G&B Plan Kft. Épületgépész Mérnökiroda)
  • Electrical Engineering

    Gábor Kun (Hungaroproject Mérnökiroda Kft.)
  • Fire Protection Engeneering

    Béla Nagy (Tűzterv Bt.)
  • Construction Details

    Gergely Dobszay dr, László Kakassy dr (Kakassy és Társa Mérnöki Kft.)
  • Acoustics

    Andor Fürjes (aQrate Kft.)
  • Landscape Architecture

    Enikő Kapás (Departer Kft.)
  • Preliminary work (art history)

    Ferenc Bor
  • Main Diagnostician Coordinator

    Csaba Németh (3C Kft.)
  • Soil Mechanics

    Endre Kelemen Ács (3C Kft.)
  • Structural Diagnostics

    János Laczkovics (3C Kft.)
  • Building Structures

    Gergely Dobszay dr, László Kakassy dr (Kakassy és Társa Mérnöki Kft.)
  • Picture–restorer and Glass Mosaic Diagnostics

    Mária Brutyó, Kornélia Forrai, Ildikó Jeszeniczky
  • Main contractor

    West Hungária Bau Építő Kft. Kalotherm Zrt. konzorcium
  • Archeology

    Orsolya Lajkó, József Szarka (Museum Móra Ferenc, Szeged)
  • Picture-restorer

    Dóra Verebes, András Seres (MentArtis Kft.)
  • Lead-glass Restorer

    László Hefter, Brúnó Hefter (Hefter Üveggaléria és Stúdió Kft.)
  • Glass Mosaic Restorer

    Flóra Verebes, Ferdinánd Horváth (MentArtis Kft.)
  • Metal-restorer

    Attila Páhi (Cellin-Art Kft.)
  • Wood-restorer

    Mihály Győri (Framart Kft.)
  • Stone-restorer

    Attila Kovács (Ancien Bt.)
  • Silicate-restorer

    Klára Csáki (Csáki és Társa Bt.)
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

Text description provided by the architects. In the international discourse on contemporary architecture it seems to be evident that intervention into historic buildings is always a sensitive issue. This is particularly the case when the project is not only a simple renovation, but there are alterations or additions to the original building – it is always difficult to find the balance between past and present, between the attitude of sheer preservation of a monument and the voice of contemporary architecture. Additions copying eariler times and contemporary impacts that ignore their context are the two extremities to avoid – the desireable solution lies somewhere in between. There is no ultimate recipe, the questions need to be asked and answered in every particular case. 3H architercture has refurbished the Cathedral of Szeged in southeastern Hungary and managed to find solutions worthy of note.

© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

The city of Szeged is located in flooded area and underwent many reconstructions during its history. The challenge was to explore the borders in the historically densely layered urban structure and bring new spirit to the long-used spaces. Being built at the dawn of modernism, the church is an interesting mixture of historical and modern structures, styles, and construction methods – the current architectural concept has made an attempt to clarify the relationship between the original building and the additional layers. Besides restoring the original conditions, the architects considered the building as an open artefact consisting of layers of different eras, to which they added the contemporary layer as equivalent in value. As a result, one can sense a gentle progress in the case of the alterations of the already excisting parts, while the newly constructed elements bear a strong contemporary touch, nonetheless relate to their context.

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

The main contradiction that needed to be cleared was between modern and historical architecture’s relationship to ornament and decoration. The densely decorated interior of the cathedral stands in direct contrast with the modernist aesthethics, which got rid of any decoration and finds beauty in clearly visible structures and in the material itself. Although contemporary architecture does not stick rigidly to these century-old principles, applied decoration of the past is still alien to it. The main advantage of the current changes is that they did not ignore decoration entirely, but rather keep them under control: the additions in the liturgical space all fit into the context, show, however, a gentle shift towards a sleeker style – they bring a bit of relief into the thickness of the space. In case of the new furniture, the ornament is integrated into the material.

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

In other spaces, like in the crypt an inverse solution comes into effect: the formerly abandoned spaces were given a new quality. The heavy pillars received unified white plastering and rhythmical illumination, the alteration of light and shadow gives contemporary aesthetics to the old space.

© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

These solutions shape the spaces in an organic way toward the needs articulated in the present – the refurbishment did not dissolve the building into fragments, but rather managed to develop it continually, adding meaning and functions relevant to contemporary users.

© Balázs Danyi
© Balázs Danyi

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Cite: "Szeged Cathedral Renovation / 3h architecture + Váncza Muvek Studio" 23 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Tamás Bujnovszky

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