BUDAPEST, P 55 OFFICE BUILDING RECONSTRUCTION AND EXTENSION PRELIMINARY DESIGN 2008
The site is located in Paulay Ede utca, in a frequented area of the capital. The building to be renovated and expanded is practically invisible from the street; it’s only accessible from inside the plot: from the inner courtyard of an L-shaped residential building standing on the corner. The building was erected in the 1910s and used to accommodate - together with the house at Nagymező utca No.3 - the printing press of the Zeneakadémia (Music Academy). The Nagymező utca wing and all levels of our building - except for the current top level – used to give place for heavy printing machines, explaining their strong monolithic reinforced concrete frame structure. The top floor was probably used as an office area, affecting the arrangement of the façade: traditional window/wall system on the top level; glass-brick walls and small, opening windows between reinforced concrete pillars on the plant floors.
Our client intends to offer rentable offices in the renovated building, extended with new floors, if possible. During the deconstruction phase - besides cleaning the inner courtyard –, all non-load bearing structures will be deconstructed, and all doors and windows not fitting into the renovation and extension concept will be dismantled: leaving a clean, minimal building structure with flexible spaces. In the construction phase, the appropriate frame conditions for the intended utilization purpose - office and storage functions – will be created.
Péter Kis, Csaba Valkai
Visualization by: Csaba Valkai