My thesis is about giving new function to the bunkers of an abandoned air-defense base of Hungary, in the middle of the forests of Duna-Ipoly National Park. Thanks to the good accessibility and the beautiful view of the site, it is very popular among the hikers, runners, mountain bikers and paragliders. The five bunkers at the site are out of use since 1996, so the nature has started to retake the area, only small artificial hills can be seen. The new function I imagine is connected to mountain sports, I mentioned above. It is kind of a mountain ”institution” with special services like bike rental, paragliding courses and so on. The insulated ”boxes” I put in the bunkers are made of wood, their mounted structure has the feeling of temporary architecture, they look very light and cosy next to the huge and wastefully designed concrete walls. In the biggest bunker, which is the centre of the composition, you can find a buffet (it can move out for the summer) with a terrace, bathrooms and sauna, bike storage and all the infrastructures needed. (service rooms for the buffet, engineering rooms, wood-storage and garage) Because of the special situation of the site, I needed to design a rain collecting basin, solar panels on the rooftops, LED lighting system, composting toilettes and biological wastewater treatment, which all remains that the whole ”institution” is as autonomic as it can be. The wooden grid structure in front of the facade can be folded and it functionates sometimes as a shader, sometimes as a partition. It gives an easily recognisable character to the buildings. The hill has excellent conditions for paragliding, that’s why I gave the half of the next bunker to a paragliding club, who can organise courses and store their equipment there. The other side of the building you can find a boulder (indoor climbing) room thanks to the height of the bunker. There is a concrete surveying tower, which I transformed to a lookout tower, with putting all the meteorological instruments in a ”headpiece”, so the panorama opens up for the visitors over the trees. In two of the bunkers, accommodations can be found, which are giving alternative solutions for spending the night on the top of the hill, for 2-10 people per huts. Each of the huts has an insulated part, which can be heated up with a stove, and also half-covered and open spaces where you can cook and hang around. n the third bunker which is opened both sides, through which you can enter the site, I put an installation that gives information about the national park and the history of the site. The new building elements look a little bit like furnitures next to the concrete structures. Thanks to this, and the partly used spaces of the bunkers, I could keep the feeling of spending your time at a ”lost and found” space.
The cultural center is situated in Szentendre, 15 kilometres from Budapest. I refurbished and extended an old baroque building which is abandoned for years. I imagine the building as an alive space, with open studios, exhibitions, concerts and festivals. The place would be also an interesting target for the tourists, who are economically important for the city. With cleaning up the original spatial structure of the building, on the first floor I could make space for studios and a bar that opens in direction to the garden. I extended the building at the basement with a concert hall and all of it’s serving rooms. I also had the possibility to design a new main entrance, which opens in direction to the city center. From the garden the whole extension is visually part of the landscape, it tries to be as respectful and modest as it can be. It is modest from outside, but with the original building and it’s cellars it all remains a functional and interesting spatial structure.
We worked together with transportation engineers from Budapest University of Technology and Economics to figure out how to develop the current ground handling process of airports. Ground handling services include all the activities carried out at the airport to enable airlines to carry out air transport activities. The aim of the project is to describe and analyze a new ground handling service concept. The new concept allows continuous operation of ground handling services. While during the existing process the aircraft is standing on an appointed standing position, occupy a gate during the whole procedure and service is carried out around the aircraft, in the new concept the aircraft is moving through a production line with fixed service points. The main desired aim of the reorganisation is to handle more aircrafts in an hour, use less equipment and staff, and reduce CO2 emission of airports. Besides that, the negative points of current process may be eliminated while keeping the advantages of it.
You can read/see more about the project at the following flipbook:
This temporary installation would take place over a ruin of an early ghotic church at Szent György Square in the castle district of Budapest.
The installation transforms the 2D ground plan of the church into a 3D “object”. Besides the experience of the space created by this “geometrical transformation”, the installation can give back temporarily the original function of the church, or performances, actions can take place. The lamels hanging from the temporary structure, effect an interesting light-experience with it’s transparent layers floating above the ruin. The moving lamels and the temporary and light feeling of this floating “object”, creates a contrast with the timeless and heavy ruin. Beethoven played his one and only concert in Hungary at the building next to the ruin. (7th of May, 1800) The moving lamels can remind us to the moving of the keyboard of a piano.
Interactive public art project - Integrated LED system into cobblestones
We worked on these interactive public art installations for a tender with Szövetség 39’. The project is about creating concrete surfaces with several graphics and an integrated moving-sensitive LED system. The surfaces are telling “stories” of the city with letters, signs and graphics in the daytime, the LED system makes the surfaces interactive with moving-sensors in the evening and night.
You can find further information and more photos at the fb page of the project:
We filled potholes with bicycle parts. This way we created positive “objects” using the potholes as a negative form. We put the “objects” into an exhibition hall in order to attract attention to the actual problems of cycling in Budapest.
Joint project with Márton Benedek and Zoltán Vaits.
The project won prizes of Metszet and ECHO magazines and epiteszforum.hu
The project was about making contact between the two separated sides of the railway and give a solution for utilization of the huge unused industrial area next to the busy railway. Our idea was creating a sport-center using the beautiful old brick-structured buildings and also creating a new square which can be kind of a new city-center. Although the center of Budapest is only 10 minutes by train, very few people choose this sort of public transport beacuse of the conditions. In our plan, you can find bicycle storages and parking places for both sides of the railway to create P+R system. We designed a new “server-building” with waiting room and ticket office, and connected the two separated sides with a wide underpass including small shops, post office, etc. These new functions of the area can popularize using suburban trains instead of cars.