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Residential Building in Szemlőhegy st, Budapest

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Description Residential Building in Szemlőhegy st, Budapest:

The spectacular renewal of buildings erected in the past few 
decades is a new trend in contemporary architecture.
Obviously this does not mean that the architectural products of
the Kadar-era suddenly were raised among the well know objects
of Hungarian art history. These objects badly needed and need
renovation and reconstruction, since due to poor manufacturing
procedures, due to lack of good quality building materials these
houses rapidly lost their novelty, became ugly and obsolete.
Even if the design cast on paper was original and interesting,
when it was - the original ideas were covered by boring
That is why sometimes the value and the beauty of certain
houses built in the 30s and in the 40s are only discoved
after they are properly renovated. This was very much the
case with the block of flats in Szemlőhegyi street.
The object was designed by ÁÉTI (a sate owned design "istitue")
 between 1968 and 1972. The three story real estate was by
no means considered to be one of the remarkable objects of
the Budapest's most prominent district (Rózsadomb)- it was
just one of the usual block buildings of the 70s lacking any
special characterisitics.
Although the building's mass in itself was not bad, quite
the contrary, it was really modern in fact. Its shape was
defined by three blocks tightly pushed together, which were
connected by a spacious hall and stairway inside. The floors
in the three blocks are shifted by one third level compared
to each other, therefore there were practically 9 different
floors in the house, each floor following the previous on
with only slight elevation. The shifted blocks combined with
wide terraces created a pleasently tagolt mass.
The task given to the architects was to renovate the building
so that the building's quality would be improved while
reserving its original values that were more or less hidden
in it previous form. The only fundamental change implemented
was that three additional flats were added to the previous
nine ones, however that did not alter the buildingâ019s mass
significantly, - since one of the three flats was built in
the place of the former garage area â013 and the lost parking
places were replaced by a newly build underground parking
facilty which utilised possibilities of the sloping hillside
lot. And there were to penthouse like appartments created on
the top of the building, these luxury appartments feature full
panoramic view, due to the spacious terraces surrounding these
appartments the addition of these two extra flats result in
only subtle changes in the buildingâ019s general appearance.
The outside of the building became more homogenous, bricks
and wood panels that used to cover the building were removed
of course this was primarily a cost saving opportunity for
the commisioner. The combination of offwhite, dark red and
grey was used inside and outside, this principle was
stricktly followed through to the finest detailes.
When we enter the building we are pleasently suprised by
entrence hall and the staircase, which looks like a serpentine,
wide and rounded it is somewhat in contrast to the
strickt anguler forms used oused outside.
Thanks to the thorough and meticulous design, the necessary
compromises were found, and an elegantly understated house was
created from the previous boring block of flats.

Published in the OCTOGON 2006 Text: Bori Bacsó

Photos: Istvan Oravecz


 

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Address: 
szemlőhegy st 25/b Budapest



Year end: 
2006

Area: 
1250
(m²)

Cost: 
1350000
(euros)


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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons


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