Budapest, Hungary 2009.
The hotel is planned to be built in Kazinczy Street, in the Jewish district of Pest. Presently a ruined 19th century house occupies the building site, which had previously been a kosher salami factory. The whole area is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
We have constructed the new building with respect to the original segmentation and building of the site.
We retained the street-side wing of the existing building and fitted it in to the new block of buildings. The new building concept is based on two main principles; the body of the building adopts to and refers back to the original trisection of the plot in its shape and arrangement, while the altering height of the ledges and the facade above will represent a contemporary reflection to the traditional serried Budapest facades, by refracting the top section of the frontage in various angles. Thanks to this solution, the street gets more sunlight, which is favourable in this dense area of the city.
With a garden wing attached to the old wing in an „L” shape and as a result of the connection to the neighbouring buildings, we get a nice, airy green inside garden, which is a great advantage as compared to the scarceness of long ago built-in areas.
Both the street and the garden facade are contemporary in their composition, still they subtly reflect as a whole and in their details to the historic facades typical to this area of Budapest. The ruined plaster decoration of the former Kazinczy street 41 building is also being renovated as part of the street facade. The complement is being made by new, contemporary architectural tools, its material is white, visual concrete, and it will be similar to the original, eclectic style plaster decoration both in size and look. The front of the new building is adapted to the street facade of the extant building, which is fragmented by numerous window frames and friezes. Reflecting to the typical facades of the neighbouring houses, the front lay-out of the building is given by metal balcony frames protruding from the front surface of the facade.
The pattern of the street facade is adapted to the historic facades both in its size and its proportions of surface structures. The strictness of the identical sized windows is compensated by their random placement within the facade, while the overall image of the building is still orderly looking.
In the southern facade, outside the rooms of the garden wings, there will be balconies made of perforated galvanised steel plates, which reduces heat. The facade is made green by creepers covering the whole surface. In the summer, this green facade would be bedewed, which would protect the surface from overheating as well as control the outside temperature around the balconies.
This solution recalls the typical outside corridors of old Budapest apartment houses, but uses contemporary architectural tools.
The planned building is a three-star hotel, its present entrance being the original main entrance of the former private house. The ground level includes a lobby, a restaurant and café, offices and a shop also accessible from the street.
The basement level includes service areas and machinery, while the upstairs levels contain three types of room units, 79 rooms altogether.