Eco, self-sustainable, green house built in a remote, natural mountain site. The main horizontal topography-volume is partially masked by a sloping green roof and mineral, gabion wall cladding and two traditional barn-like structures are growing from this to break and articulate the huge mass of the construction. The materials and shapes were chosen to blend in the stunning scenery. The building produces and stores most of its energy demands but it isn’t completely off the grid, en electrical connection is made for very cold and cloudy days as a backup system. + natural building materials experience, demanding and confiding clients, straightforward project managemenet and construction […]

    First sketch pushed through to suddenly get built construction site since 2008, a third kid came along in the owner’s family. Villa merged with the landscape around a south-facing terrace – a core for everyday life – on a steep hill, with great panorama… towards north. The resulting volume is lightened by cuts and floating overhangs and topped by a continuously sloping green roof rising from the landscape. + owner, collaboration with Arnold Macalik (ATELIER FKM ) – 15-20% too big, details didn’t have the time to simplify

    A simple house with a small twist. The graphic designer client took a consistent part in the design process. Built in a rural environment, the house blends in by its size, shape and plot layout but in the same time it’s not hiding its urban, contemporary origins.

    Our first passive house design experience, and also as it turned to be, one of the firsts in Transylvania. Despite difficult orientation, panorama, topography and harsh climate conditions, after several versions, the final layout still managed to be compact, articulated, playfull reaching the passive house parameters and the client’s needs. + consistent documenting/learning process, good collaboration with PHPP specialist – very long construction, some materials proved to be not the best choice

    The third refuge is in Puntea Lupului / Farkaspalló,  a remote and small village in the Ghimeș / Gyímes region. This time, the detailed planning and the on-site assistance was carried out by 4ZET Architecture studio (Várday Zsolt and Várday Kinga). This version of the prototype is on a flat terrain, without the hill addition and with slightly different finishing materials. As we know, unfortunately, the execution went on in quite a hurry and without the sufficient care from the construction team.  

    Similar project to the reception hut models. Nature reserve area for daffodils. The building is an openable stage / shelter for cultural events and wildlife camps. Simple volume inspired by nearby isolated barns. + open-minded client (the mayor), inspiring and beautiful context – complicated and long funding procedure; supervision and maintenance administration unsolved for these remote locations; some details gone wrong during construction

    A second refuge (after Tomești) was built in Cârța / Csíkkarcfalva with the help of European tourism development funds. It is a slightly bigger, upgraded version of the prototype, it has restrooms, showers, sewage-water treatment station, surveillance system, photovoltaic panels. This time the roof ridge has been layed parallel to the nearby hillside  and the ground floor functions have been  partially sunk into this stabilized natural shelter. The site is at a former rural bath (Madicsa), a couple of kms distance from the village, it still has a mineral water spring, used mainly by locals, and it serves as a place for regional events, thematic camps, […]

    Rural tourism development funds application feasibility study collaboration for the Szekler region. A type-building has been developed due to short time for application: same timber structure, functional variety under same roof for each of the 8 locations (so far). One has already been built, in Csíkszenttamás / TomeŞti, Harghita county, co-funded by the local administration, County Council, and the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism. + wooden type-building experience, gets built more or less according to plans – lack of time at pilot project; supervision and maintenance administration unsolved for these remote locations

    Norwegian – Romanian real estate bussiness collaboration for developing a double apartment house in Norway. Lightweight, prefab steel profile structure and interior-exterior gypsum board sheeting system used. + “designing for abroad” experience, new structural system, good project team – not enough design freedom was given at the concept phase, hard to control the constructed details because of the distance, pilot project which needed on-site adjustments

    2008/2009 feasibility study, converting a flat neighbourhood heating plant into an integrated social centre. Went through the evaluation and clarifications process and a financing agreement has been reached between the local administration and the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism. Building starts in 2011. + due to E.U. funding and control procedures, it’s built according to plans – however, we were allowed 10 days for the execution project and related paperwork

    Near the Hajdó house, the same client needed to extend the capacity of its pension. The 4 small houses are dug into the slope and protected by a massive retainig wall as not to obstruct the nice panorama from the house above. The shapes and materials were chosen in accordance with the newly built environment. + demanding client, good collaboration with Erika Barth and Arnold Macalik

    Slender, single floor house project for a young couple. The starting points were the Hajdó house as a reference, a flat terrain without any panorama highlights and a suburban, heterogenous neighbourhood. + open-minded, proactive clients – not built due to a change of plans on the client’s side
  • T HOUSE 127

    Type housing, “model 127” developed in collaboration with Weberbau building company. Home designed for a family with many children, fully equipped living space and personal spaces included.
  • T HOUSE 126

    Rural tourism development funds application feasibility study collaboration for the Szekler region. A type-building has been developed due to short time for application: same timber structure, functional variety under same roof for each of the 8 locations (so far). One has already been built, in Csíkszenttamás / TomeŞti, Harghita county, co-funded by the local administration, County Council, and the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism. + wooden type-building experience, gets built more or less according to plans – lack of time at pilot project; supervision and maintenance administration unsolved for these remote locations
  • T HOUSE 105

    Type housing, “model 105” developed in collaboration with Weberbau building company. Suitable for small plots, twin houses or row house layout.
  • T HOUSE 88

    Type housing, “model 88” developed in collaboration with Weberbau building company. Compact model, most efficient plot usage despite its interior space qualities.    

    House for a young family with many children at the edge of the Kalotaszeg / Țara Călatei ethno-cultural region. The project transcribes a traditional rural house for modern days conditions using a contemporary language. Some traditional details of facade decorations specific for this area were stylized and reformulated in the project but unfortunately not built in the end. + rural location but close to the city, not yet overcrowded by suburban developments – project used only for guidance, too much changes made during construction motivated by budget cuts

    Concept project for reusing the abandoned unitarian (calvinist protestant) church in a small, mountain mining town as a cultural center. Our approach was inserting the new function as a separate smaller volume keeping the ruined, roofless church wall structure dominating. + complete design freedom – the project most likely will stay in this concept phase: too few locals to dream about it.

    Competition entry. Maximum capacity on a specially small plot, within the historic pavilion clinic tissue. Vertical circulation and annex function nodes position allows for maximum surface on the slabs. The oversize capacity tries to stay within a compact volume and a minimal number of floors, taking from the context proportions and rhytm. Passive means of preserving solar energy were considered. Optimal opaque / transparent surface proportions differ according to orientation and cast shadow. Adjustable sunshades protect transparent patches from overheating but allow for solar gain in the cold period. Concrete floors and vertical circulation and annex functions nodes walls are […]

    All squares on the perimeter of the original walled city are dominated by car traffic in Cluj. PIAŢA PĂCII / PEACE SQUARE has turned during the 20th century into a node for several routes related to the thick university life within the city. Further more, The Central University Library and the Student’s Cultural Centre both flank the square. Therefore, car routes should criss-cross underground, and free space should be provided above to be taken over. Vienna hilft Klausenburg out with second hand MQ urban furniture and the first Transylvania Anime Festival makes it’s weird ways among the students, always chillin’ […]

    Small traditional house extension for a landscape designer, a good experience, that lasts “for ever” + ornament today issues arise: it’s worth preserving traditional wooden ornaments if not for else, then for the preservation of carpenter techniques and skills – we are not sure about new ornament, but are interested in aspects of “pop” in architecture: and „rustic” is one way for popular today

    Reconstruction of the Vauban fortress trench filled up partially at the beginning of the 20th century in the main square of Alba Iulia. Part of a bigger project dealing with the whole Alba Carolina fortress revitalization currently in construction. + shaping an urban space in previously unused areas – being a subcontractor for the 3D visuals we didn’t design much to do but the square pavement with historical pattern

    The theme of the Hungarian site was the revitalization of the post-socialist city centre of Ajka.We proposed a lightweight upper layer over the existing public structures: a private housing neighbourhood landscape – made up of a set of dispersed housing units with garden and considerable semi-public / semi-private space. + first EUROPAN for the original blipsz! team – lumpish preparations, fast finish, sarcasm

    On a former prefab concrete panel production site („house factory”), built during the socialist area, the plots and halls were subdivided after 1990 halt, and property structure fragmented. Our client has bought one half of a hall structure and arranged it step by step, but quite chaotically, as rentable office and production spaces. Our task was to extend and optimise these spaces achieving a unitary look. + planning re-use for an industrial building – very slow design process, not yet built because change of plans / budget

    Inserting a new function into the historical fabric of an old mining village – Rosia Montana / Verespatak / Goldbach, Rothseifen. 9+3 buildings and plots involved, specific labyrinthine spatial connections preserved. Renovation of existing houses completed using traditional means while additions are new. + dealing with heritage area open to a progressive approach, learning new tools for 3D animation, renderings – noisy political and ecological controversy around the mining investment; until projects are about saving, preserving, building, we are in

    Competition entry. Theoretical / methodological plea against the mere pavement-pattern and urban furniture design approach in not only local “urbanism”. Landscape-ecology systemic view of nodes and channels was speculated for dealing with the improvement of groud-floor public functions structure that would provide for complex public life in the square and vice versa. Our thinking got too complicated at that time, but at least it has cleared a direction that is worth tackling ever since. Immersion into the urban system of networks and emerging processes is necessary in a period of peaking superficial concept urbanism

    The workshop organized by fellow Memoria Moderna association of Budapest has assumed dealing conceptually with the flat neighbourhood legacy for one of the first times around “the block” in 2005. The workshop lead by the ever astonishing no.mad architect Eduardo Arroyo has provided the original blipsz! team one of the most inspiring design processes of their professional lifes so far. We have designed a second public landscape above the “unsolvable” original parking layer, that eventually merges with the ground floor. The new layer houses all the functions needed for a balanced function mix additional to housing and provides actually usable […]

    Instead of nostalgia – progressivism: natural and stimulative in it’s essence. Instead of hierarchy – an integration of humans and technology within the complex system of nature – turning architectural logics instantly eco logical. Nature works through highly sensitive means of communication. Not to break these dialogues, we answer with topography and programme pliable, permissive, still obvious and obviously interested in the continuous movement within the small worlds it belongs to. We would like to keep trace locally of all the fluxes involved, densified here by fluxes specific to human presence. We offer a multifunctional setting: a base-camp for nomads, […]