Housing estate on Csejtei utca
Pálfy Sándor, Keller Ferenc
Építész Stúdió Kft.
1025 Budapest, Csejtei utca 15–19.
Budapest Award of Architectural Excellence, award certificate, 1998
In 1998, four residential houses, each with seven dwellings, were built on a steep hillside in a special natural environment. The housing estate, which was later supplemented with four more buildings, was completed in an architectural quality far exceeding the then Hungarian average. At the same time, the houses recalled the former Modernist traditions of the area, which are barely perceptible today.
Surrounded by a beautiful, well-maintained, and spacious park, the high-quality snow-white buildings evoke the Bauhaus-inspired design world, which was once typical of Rózsadomb. At the time of their construction, at the peak of the “new-neo-Baroque” construction fever of the 1990s on Rózsadomb, these buildings seemed a bit alien in their environment, but since then, the high-toned design and workmanship has stood the test of time and confirmed the creators’ decisions. The buildings are similar but not identical. Two of the first four houses have almost the same floor plan. The garages are located on the basement level, and there are three, two and one apartments on the upper levels. Due to the strong slope of the terrain, the flats were created with a split-level solution. There can be no objection to the floor plan of smaller flats, but it should be noted that the orientation is not favorable for the larger ones. Similarly, some solutions for elongated floor plans and open-plan kitchen design could be debated, although the terrain was a strong constraint for designers. The terraces belonging to the top-floor flats certainly offer a great panorama of the hills of Buda, the contemporary architectural image of which is positively influenced by this residential project.
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