The villa of the I&R consul has lost its ornaments in the renovations of the past 100 years but the former grandeur is perceptible in the details and the elegance of the original floorplan can be traced. Its keen eyed new owners recognised its hidden beauty to which we gently adjusted the new exterior ornamentation and created this house that offers the level of comfort expected by the 21st century man.
We based the plans for the crèche on local traditions although it offers contemporary comfort. It is a crèche that melts into the traditional image of the settlement while radiates freshness in its appearance. Besides maintaining architectural quality, special attention was paid to meeting the needs of young children. Collaborating architect: Dániel Miszori
The pitched roofed house and garage are embraced by the low gradient roof covering the ancillary (garden shed) and transitional areas (veranda and terrace). The terrace was placed on the less fortunate north-eastern side but it still opens to the best protected part of the plot and offers a fascinating view of the abbey.
The owner is creating a guest-house in the long dormant imposing stone edifice (formerly used for storage). We wished to preserve the building’s character as much as possible therefore only a roof superstructure was built onto the roof to emphasize the entrance. The National Office of Cultural Heritage insisted on retaining the wooden gate. We moved the gate forward and put it in a frame so that it would not diminish the building’s energy efficiency.
A company manufacturing high quality irons requested some design ideas for their new factory buildings and the main entrance placed between them. The entrance in the middle is marked out by some garment hanging from a red ironing board. The idea of shaping the façade in this way was prompted by the steam vents of the irons. Collaborating architect: Dániel Miszori
The Forestry Service identified an excellent function for the location of the former border station in Muck (Sopron Mountains). The buildings were arranged in the place of the former ones in a U-shape so that nature would be harmed as little as possible. From the access road we can first glimpse the welfare building with the petting enclosure (farmyard). The central building houses the reception and to its right, we can find the barn, where fodder is stored. Behind the main building you can watch the animals from a wooden bridge arching away from the terrace. It is practical because visitors can observe the animals from above and not through a fence. Collaborating architect: Krisztina Szigeti
The head of the family visited me with mature ideas about their shared new home, which, being the last house in the street, should give a worthy closing to the side street. We designed a typical Fertő lakeside house in its scale with the garage on the side and its blade wall sheltering the terrace from the wind and the garden from the street.
Everything was in place for the ideal project: a client with a definitive idea with whom we were soon on the same wavelength and an excellent location in fascinating surroundings. No material changes were made to the first version of the plans, only some minor adjustments were required to accommodate the family’s needs and the specific environmental conditions.
Due to new additions to the family, the living area had to be extended. Apart from accommodating the new stairs, the ground floor remained unchanged. By trimming away the characteristic features of the former ‘Kadar cube’, the plans for building in the attic were also meant to create a unique and bespoke home for the family, one that the residents would feel more like their home.
The preliminary plan was to design apartments and a detached house in the empty plot of land in the middle of Fő Street. The new house is located at a breakpoint between two rows of houses of different rhythms and designs (it is bordered by houses of different styles on the right and the left). The detached house was pulled back to the line of the barns to protect it from the noise of the street, while the apartments and common areas were placed in the front. The owner would have been willing to remove the some-year-old street fencing but we managed to fit it into the design. The bulk of the house harmonises with the left-hand rhythm of the street while the extended roof is in concert with the right-hand rhythm. We adopted the traditional house design from the right-hand pattern but did not conceal the true appearance of the annex on the main façade by placing fake windows in imitation of a farmhouse.
Although the client couple is fond of the Alps, we did not wish to copy the typical patterns of chalets directly, instead we recall the ‘lacework’ of the Alps by indirect references (a robust balustrade and inclined masonry supports). In this way we have managed to conjure up a Pannonian style house over the existing cellar.
It may easily have been built of local materials – so it is not foreign to the region – but this log-house arrived at the feet of the Alps to be placed next to a pine forest from the ridges of the Eastern Carpathians, as a first hint of the endless forests of the Alps. The photos illustrate the current phases of the construction.
The young couple had a definite idea about their shared home: the first house of the newly developed street should get a traditional frame but still be a modern abode. Consequently, the street front is traditional just like the default opening sentence of any folk tale: ‘once upon a time...’ The story itself is modern (a ramp leading to the garage, a bridge, a pergola offering a sitting area and a shed, a kitchen island and a laundry chute etc) but the ending returns to the traditional ways: a barn-like atmosphere permeates the house – ‘and all is well that ends well’. If you don’t believe it, check it out for yourself...
The young couple had wished to modernise and extend the formerly purchased farmhouse but it was structurally unsound and therefore I suggested building a new house. In terms of its dimensions, bulk and design, the new house is meant to be a worthy successor of the one to be demolished. Although the couple had not wanted to build a terrace, we managed to put the connection with the garden right by widening the veranda.
In the initial phase of the project we managed to come to an agreement with the constructive young couple that the existing features of the property (a chestnut tree, the former bakery building) were treasures to consider in the course of planning. This resulted in an elegant and liberal house, which in its scale could remain true to the village of Csapod and the dimensions of its environment. The three-fold structure of the house reflects three functions. The common areas (living room, kitchen, dining room and terrace) are grouped around the chestnut tree, while the existing building at the front protects the private rooms from the noise of the neighbouring bar and the ancillary rooms are placed at the back.
A long-serving, repeatedly modified and extended building was planned to integrate the various units of a beauty salon with the existing catering functions in line with the owner’s definite ideas. We did not alter the existing pub in the project which continues to operate on the ground floor. We reinterpreted the terrace wedged between the annexes of the pub and placed the ‘total salon’ in the loft with a separate entrance.
As an expression of the unbroken dynamism of growth enjoyed by the web studio, the company’s headquarters were given a new image by adding a loft to the original building – at times in diversion of the traditional shapes of architecture but still in observance of the value limits. Based on an old friendship, ‘I have known Géza since our childhood. He was well-known for his precision and painstaking accomplishment of tasks even back in our school years. I was always offered several ideas or solutions to choose from during our collaboration, which remarkably helped making decisions. His professional knowledge, thoroughness as well as personal values are worth a mention. Thank you for the outstanding job. I sincerely trust that I can realise the jointly imagined building development as soon as possible.’ Attila Fekete, managing director, Feki Webstudio Kft.
This upper-class home located close to the centre of the settlement yet lying in a peaceful environment is the result of the artistic vein of the young couple and their ancestors. The design process was characterised by mutual trust and cooperation.
The traditional and plain bulk of the house honours the pilgrimage church and hide gently behind it. The sunny side is open with large glass surfaces yet the extended roof lets direct sunshine enter the house almost only in the winter thus preventing overheating in the summer.
The appeal of the location, the open-mindedness of the clients and the desired function have all offered a solution to developing the building almost by themselves. The ten-stall stable and the home are separated from each other both in their appearance and their function but still form a single unit.
The clients had been dreaming of a Mediterranean style house. We discarded the foreign shapes and left the functions intact, which resulted in a low-key handsome house still shaped by its owners with painstaking care. This house featured in the 2018/6 November-December issue of Veranda magazine.
Farmhouse out of a farmhouse (2 visuals) I made recommendations on how to revert an ’abused’ farmhouse. Holed up (19 photos, 4 drawings) The owners transformed the newly bought building perceptively. The extension remained harmonic with the original part of the building, it does not overbear it.
Fiction for the Fertő shore. I separated the common and private areas and functions of the detached house. The living room, the kitchen and the dining room as well as the vestibule and a toilet were placed in the former barn, while four bedrooms, a bathroom and another toilet were arranged in the area of the former farmhouse. The two sections of the building are connected by a corridor link at the entrance.
The church of Fertőendréd turned 100 years old in 2008. To increase the solemnity of this notable anniversary we placed a Virgin Mary Statue in the church. The representative body of the parish asked for a recommendation as to how to create a place for the statue. The statue was selected to be placed within the right-hand triangle formed by the vestibule and the main nave of the church. I designed the shape of the niche to intimate its contents. The patron saint of the church is our King Saint Stephen who offered Hungary to the Virgin Mary in sheer desperation. Developing this concept, the planned building is composed of three parts. Down below, the country of the Virgin Mary – and of Saint Stephen – (its outline and the trimount) is the symbol of incarnation, which is then filled with faithfulness by the figure of the Virgin Mary. At the top, spirituality– and virginity, the most important characteristic of the Virgin Mary – is symbolised by a lily. During implementation the original plans were somewhat altered.
It was five young enthusiastic people that decided to build a chapel. The largish canopy doubles as a processional canopy, provides a space for celebrating Mass and marks out the path to calmness as we pass through the larger space into a smaller one.