Fény utca Market Hall
Cságoly Ferenc, Hőnich Richárd, Bozó András
Építész Stúdió Kft.
1024 Budapest, Lövőház utca 12.
Budapest Award of Architectural Excellence, Award Recipient, 1998
In place of the small old market, a new value was created to which the city dweller can easily get attached today. The secret of this tremendous success, being quite rare in our modern architecture, is primarily that the building features everything that its predecessor had, while the new technical equipment (escalators, parking lots, elevators, coverage) is orders of magnitude better than that.
Although it is known that the construction was shaped by tense, conflicting external interests, the creative idea and intent could remain autonomous. The veil-like façade of the neo-Modernist ensemble of the new market also counterbalance the introverted granite block of Mammut Shopping Center. Its appearance is exciting and novel, but not too strange to the surroundings. Proud and moderate, at the same time inclusive and engaging. The proportion of perforated and solid parts is perfectly designed both in the massing and on the façades. Despite the 100% coverage of the plot, no congestion is felt. Seemingly, the design’s generosity and lightness are self-evident, however, achieving them required cruelly meticulous floor and building design. The concept is somewhat compromised on the Lövőház utca side, where masonry structures with traditional Bauhaus style features can be seen. This can be explained by the fact that these two levels are more of a department store, rightly separated in their character from the market spaces upstairs. The building speaks for the puritanism, progressivity, accuracy, and expertise of the architects. Despite the inaccuracies of the construction works, the completed work is exemplary in Hungarian architecture.
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