3h architecture – Geometria Office Building, Budapest 2013



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Void-in, void-out

This office building is in a densely constructed Budapest neighbourhood close to the Danube, where the streets are connected to blocks in a gappy way, there are alternating heights, as well as stylistically heterogeneous streetscapes. The building relates and is without reference at the same time: it ignores the height of the building right next to it, but conforms to the ridge of the firewall behind it, creating a unity beyond trivial neighbourly relations.

The building follows an apparently strict, tense geometry. Its prism-formed mass is distinguished by salient and retreating surfaces following a chessboard pattern. The outer plain has a holey disk pattern which is intentionally extravagant and reminiscent of seventies pop culture. Thus, the apparent transparency of the building is misleading: it does not correspond to a link between the exterior and the interior. Rather, the glass becomes an instrument of separation. And since it separates, the properties of the glass also become important: the vertical surface functions as a large mirror and thus a tool of virtual multiplication.

The strict exterior continues in a geometrically structured but pulsating interior. The inside world of the building is organized around an atrium which receives natural light from above, it is elongated and articulated by building boxes shifting positions on each floor. All relevant spaces are visually linked to this inner atrium. The glass boxes poking into the atrium seem to float in a tight yet airy space. Open-space and cell-like offices alternate with each other level by level. Cellular offices have solid parapets while the open-space offices are separated from the atrium by walls rising to the ceiling. Light alternates with weight, transparency with blind spots.



Architects: Katalin Csillag, Zsolt Gunther

Location: Budapest, Medve St.17.


Year/status: 2011 2013



Project team: Orsolya Pataj, Zsombor Feh r, Lilla KA?ntor, Bence Kert sz, Rita Madarasi-Papp, T mea Szarka

Client/contractor: Geometria Ltd./ pszerk PannA?nia Invest p t ipari Kft

Partner/consultants: Structural engineering: System Steel Tervez (head engineer: AndrA?s SzabA?)
Mechanical engineering: OptiTerv (engineer: Albert Lovas)
Electrical engineering: SZETVILL M rn ki Iroda (head engineer: LA?szlA? SzabA?)
Fire safety: TA?zinfo.hu (engineer: Levente Sz ll si)
Garden design: P.M. Garden (engineer: MA?rta Preszter)
Acoustics: aQrate (engineer: Andor TamA?s FA?rjes)

Photography: TamA?s Bujnovszky


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