Reconstruction facade, Baross street 125.
2022 + Facade + Completed
Location Budapest - VIII. District

This project involves a façade renovation and a reconstruction to the original – presumed or true - as-built state of the condominium building under Baross utca 125. Featuring a total of six floors including the ground floor, the building was designed and built in 1913 according to the plans of József Vermes. A massive structure located in the outer reaches of District 8, its main façade was once strikingly beautiful and of true architectural value – today it stands in bitter decay. As the storefront level is also an integral element of the composition, the project entailed a thorough facelift of retail units as well. While façade renovations typically do not introduce a need for new support structures, in this case the original cantilevered balconies and heavy parapets had to be re-designed. Fortunately, I received innovative support from structural engineer Csaba Dúzs in this. Works will be able to commence after the Condo has obtained whatever financing assistance is available at district or municipal level. The plans were made in 2019, the works finished in 2022.

Atic conversion. Budapest, district II.
2021 + Residential + Completed
Location Budapest, district II.

Nestled in an elegant Buda street is this pre-war villa that has been preserved in near original condition, where a charming apartment had to be created as part of a loft conversion. Now complete with an exclusive new balcony on the south side, the resulting living space provides plenty of indoor comfort while seamlessly integrating both into the art deco design of the facade that is visible from the street and into the neighborhood itself. The construction permit procedure took place at a time when the legislature was busy harmonizing the ‘simplified residential building notification’ and ‘townscape notification’ processes with conventional permit procedures in Hungarian public administration. This has yet to be implemented without hiccups, but in this particular case local authorities were absolutely puzzled in deciding whether the planned development constituted an expansion. The construction finished, the owner uses the apartment.

Hotel Akadémia, Budapest
2021 + Retail and Lodging + Completed
Location Budapest, V. district

An international hotel management company seeked to establish a 110-room, five-star hotel in the heart of Budapest, in two adjacent corner buildings built in the 19th century. All arcitectural and consultants' drawings was completed in cooperation with the Barcelona-based design agency Capella García Arquitectos (CGA). Spanish interior designs required coordination as well. Even though this highly complex process ended with the granting of a binding building permit and with detailed designs suitable for implementation, the economic turmoil of 2008 and 2009 brought the project to a standstill. It was the conflict between innovative solutions for hotel functions and the features of a historic building that made the assignment especially interesting. In the course of the long planning process, I created each document together with architect Ádám Sylvester. The project was re-designed in 2015. Following a rather convoluted building permit procedure, Market Zrt. was in charge of the construction. The hotel opened in september, 2021.