2021. April 19.
Music exuding forest, levitating treasure boxes in the City Park ("Liget")

Music exuding forest, levitating treasure boxes in the City Park ("Liget")

A MUSIC EXUDING FOREST AND LEVITATING TREASURE BOXES IN THE CITY PARK („LIGET”) Europe’s most prominent cultural development, the City Park („Liget”) Budapest has called the attention of even world famous architects to itself. The principal design of this iconic facility was done by Su Fujimoto, Sedima Kazujo, Nisizava Rue, founders of Architectural Practice SANAA. Journalist: Azari-Varga Viktória   Major architectural practices of Japan have been continuosly watching international architectural competition announcements, which is how they zeroed in on the City Park („Liget”) Budapest competition in 2015. The winning entry for the House of Hungarian Music was conceived by world famous architect Su Fujimoto, who dubbed it the Forest of Music.   But architectural ingenuity in itself is of no avail without the proper local partners, not even in the case of the world’s greatest. Behind all foreign star there must stand a professional local team, helping them to realize the concept by coordinating and organizing, by obtaining permissions, by being well versed in the plethora of national legal regulations. In the case of the House of Hungarian Music, from several Hungarian practices Su Fujimoto selected M-Teampannon Architects Ltd.   Our experience with major international projects obviously played a part in our securing the job - said Bence Varga dip. architect, partner in Teampannon Architects Ltd. – Mr Fujimoto and his team is being responsible for all architectural and design decisions, while we are being coordinating the work of 20 international and 80 Hungarian engineers and designers, which is a  minimum number in the case of a top seeded cultural project like this - he elaborated.   A vintage Fujumoto building Construction work has been proceeding for two years by now and despite just to be completed by the end of this year, the building has already been awarded several international architectural pizes, among them the Best public building of Europe and the Best music facility development of the World titles. The new institution of cca 10.000 sqm has replaced old Hungexpo office buildings on the site. The environment friendly edifice admittedly seeks to create a harmonious entity of the natural and of the artificial. Contemporary Japan architecture is most thrilling, and it substantially differs from the European one. We are more inclined to a functional way of thinking while the Japanese are more of a close-to-nature, holistic persuasion stemming from their culture. They intentionally chose this specific project, it being in the very heart of the City Park „Liget” – Bence Varga went on. - Its motto is the „Forest of Music”, with internal spaces lying under a conspicuous, artificial foliage, musicians playing in its protection, while not being isolated from the natural ambience, thanks to the totally transparent perimeter walls - thus the lead architect of Teampannon Ltd delineated the design goal.   Even the Rolling Stones may be invited to perform in the House of Hungarian Music Sound flipper, fusion music, robotic orchestra will play, and perhaps even the Rolling Stones will perform, in the House of Hungarian Music. Su Fujimoto, regarded one of the most innovative of contemporary architects, treated us to no less than two architectural stunts: 1. with a double layer of roof structure undulating playfully between being thicker and thinner, while constantly remaining below the foliage level of the City Park („Liget”), the building harmonically mingles with the adjacent nature, a feat 2.  even enhanced by the several stories high, 94 pieces of bespoke, contiguous glass planes, sometimes no less than 12m of height, constituting the largest uninterrupted, pure glass elevation in the whole of Europe.             

2019. November 4.
Kaposvár Prosecution Headquarters handed over

Kaposvár Prosecution Headquarters handed over

In the public announcement of the Head Prosecutor’s Office of Somogy County the erection of the Headquarters is called the most important prosecution real estate development of the last hundred years. Design work on the real estate in Apponyi Street started in 2017, and the joint headquarters of the County Prosecutor’s Office, of the Kaposvár District Prosecutor’s Office and that of the Kaposvár Regional Ivestigatory Prosecutor’s Office that  have been operated at scattered locations before, was brought about at a cost of 3,8 billion Forints.   In the two story building accomodating 115 offices and a 124 strong staff, up to date interrogation and praemunire rooms, archieves suitable for long term storage and a contemporary tele-interrogation room have also been built.   From our Technical Report: ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPTION To match the architectural ambience at the other side of Gr. Apponyi Albert Street a light in colour, large blocked prefab concrete clad, modulated  architecture of vertical stripes has been designed. Tradition:    REPRESENTATION – ORDER - SAFETY  „Law enforcement palaces” of the past were characterized by a traditionally harmonious      shaping of building mass, a usage of good quality building materials, a high quality of construction, and a most disciplined sort of elevations. To this day local inhabitants have been being under the influence of the sense of order and safety emitted by city center court buildings of the late XIX. century. At the same time the uniformed, industrialized architecture of the mid XX. century has passed rapidly into the limbo of history. It is the noble architecture stemming from tradition and locale that has to be rejuvenated and fitted to the requirements and expectations of the XXI. century.   A rejuvenated image:   TRANSPARENCY AND PROPORTIONS – CUSTOMER FRIENDLY AMBIENCE – SUSTAINABILITY Heritage of tradition and a rejuvenated image are most authentic when complementing each other. To fit into a provincial city milieu and to show a humanistic message for the future to the people are things to be done simultaneously. Order and transparency,  space needs of different organizations and a visual balance of the new building masses, office functionality and an interiour design friendly to staff /customers, economical construction/ operation and high key solutions and appearance are to constantly be reconciled to each other.

2019. February 28.
THE NEW HUNGARIAN MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT IN BUDAPEST

THE NEW HUNGARIAN MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT IN BUDAPEST

Press release 28 February 2019, Budapest The results of the international design competition for the new Hungarian Museum of Transport  were announced today. The event was held in the abandoned former railway maintenance depot of the Hungarian State Railways in Budapest where the museum will be relocated. Thirteen Hungarian and international architectural firms submitted entries in the second round of the two-stage competition launched last August. The proposals were assessed by an eighteen-member international jury. As part of the award ceremony Mr. István Tarlós, the Mayor of Budapest and Director General Mr. Dávid Vitézy, the chair of the jury awarded the prizes to the winners. The winner of the competition is Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The world-famous American firm has designed numerous significant public buildings, including museums worldwide in the past decades. One of their most famous works is the New York High Line, the conversion of an abandoned industrial railway line to a highly popular public park and cultural venue. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for the Hungarian Museum of Transport preserves the industrial heritage and renews the spectacular former Diesel hall of the Hungarian State Railways to function as a museum in the future. M-Teampanon Kft is the Hungarian partner company of leading designer Diller Scofidio + Renfro. https://www.archdaily.com/912401/diller-scofidio-plus-renfro-to-design-new-hungarian-museum-of-transport https://www.designboom.com/architecture/diller-scofidio-renfro-budapest-hungarian-transport-museum-02-28-2019/ https://www.kozlekedesimuzeum.hu/en/news/diller-scofidio--renfro-to-design-the-new-hungarian-museum-of-transport-in-budapest