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Hotel Moments
Nagy Csaba, Pólus Károly
Archikon Kft.
Designed in
Built in
1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 8.
Budapest Award of Architectural Excellence, Award Recipient, 2017
The rethought renovation of the Neo-Renaissance palace designed by Adolf Feszty was completed in 2016. The highlight of the original building is the inner courtyard with loggia, accessed through the historic sgraffito-decorated gate. This element also provides the basis for the architectural concept of the new feature: this way the house is develops from the inside out. The task is rewarding as the hotel function is close to the original usage of the tenement palace, still they are two typically different forms of housing.
At first glance, the inner courtyard seems like it has always looked like it but walking around the different floors the brilliant lines of the new architectural intervention are unfolding. We find solutions that should either be banned or taught: the powerful architecture of fine gestures, or the unobtrusive presence of a major overbuilding, is certainly such a paradox. The view of the courtyard is determined by the inner façade re-drawn with a good sense and the structure of the glass roof floating above the courtyard. This contemporary membrane evokes and reinforces the protected and intimate world of inner courtyards, creating the hotel hall space at the same time. The interior spatial system is vertically layered, repeating the construction principle of the classic palace façades, while constantly playing with perspective. The exterior appearance of the building is a kind of projection of the of the internal spatial system’s philosophy, but at the same time it is more restrained and the intention to preserve is clearer here. The attic levels do not overwhelm the facades, while the roof shape and the roofing material have a contemporary character. The building breaks with the architectural tools that represent the contrast between the old and the new but does not go through a complete modern transcription either. Somewhere between the two, the architect finds a track where historical and contemporary are distinguished, yet they are more alike than different. It is not the conservation of the monuments that is being implemented, but a new interpretation adds value to the building.
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