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KARCSI'S HOUSE
Budapest, Hungary 2008.

project: family house
location: Budapest
status: under construction
consigner: private
year of design: 2008
size: 187 m2 (2 012,85 ft2)
planning team: sporaarchitects: Tibor Dékány, Sándor Finta, Ádám Hatvani, Orsolya Vadász
construction plan: András Boór
photo: Tamás Bujnovszky


The pin of the architectural concept is for the outer layer of the building to surround the inner space, like a clam-shell.
As an important element of the plan, an open atrium is placed in between the living-room, kitchen and bedroom, thus forming a mini garden with an intimate atmosphere. The mass of the building stretches out above the garage entrance, thus providing a rather imposing portal. The house itself is located on the east slope of ’Arany hegy ’( ‘Golden hill’, 3rd district, Buda), and the building site has a panorama on ’Mocsárosdűlő’ (a nature reservation area at the foot of the hill).
During the planning of the building the most important considerations were to locate the living-room towards the panorama, to give the kitchen and dining-room immediate connection with the garden and to create large, transparent spaces.
The living area is partly double in height by being opened together with a working gallery. Part of the top level is built in, while the rest of it is left free for a roof-garden.