The house is set within a semi-rural context, some 20 km from the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The slightly sloping site has a south-easterly orientation, lying at the foot of the Szarvas-hegy (meaning Deer-hill). Its fabulous panorama is crowned by the view of the river Danube. It is the residence of Lajos Kuknyó, architect and principal partner at the Architema Studio. It reflects his interpretation of modernist design from the 1920-30-s period, with the interplay of straight geometrical volumes, and intersection of vertical massing and horizontal areas such as terraces, while using a predominantly white colour palette
Natural light flows through the wide glass windows that also help in bringing the house closer to its natural surroundings. Floor layout is simple and straightforward. The ground floor communal open space is articulated to suit the functional requirements, with segmented walls defining the boundaries. The bedrooms upstairs, accommodating the family of three, are connected with the garden via the planted roof terrace.
The interior design is well restrained and follows the geometrical guidelines of the external shell. It combines several natural finishing materials: wood, leather, and a granite-cladded partition separating the dining and living rooms.
”For us architects, the most important thing in the world is creation. Our thoughts breed forms, spaces and buildings which then breed new thoughts in others. We believe our work creates more than structures. Most of the time, we realize these dreams. We give primary importance to the realization of our clients’ dreams in the best possible quality. In our opinion, quality itself is real value . Space is the luxury of our times. The quality of the space in which we live, work and improve our minds shapes our character fundamentally. As architects, we shape space, but then that space shapes us. This is what makes us think that quality architecture is always justified. The realization of a plan for most people is an immense challenge. We endeavour to create reality from dreams by using the experience and expertise we gain while designing and constructing. Very few architectural offices exist today which not only design but also construct the buildings they have planned in every detail. The buildings thus created reflect the consistent way of thinking we represent. Both planning and construction are team-work. We appreciate our partners’ work and respect their opinions and expertise. Constant consultation with the creative master-craftsmen we have selected and worked with throughthe years, already ensures the emergence of quality in the planning phase.” – Lajos Kuknyó, Architema studio
There is only modest information published internationally on Hungarian architecture. Hungary is one of the countries still searching for their actual identity. Since 1989, the year that marked the end of a 45-year period of socialism in Hungary, one question still has not been answered: What are the actual factors that most organically determine its characteristics? This search is very visible in its contemporary architecture: the development of Imre Makovetz's organic wave in the 1960s or the post-modern - almost high-tech - buildings designed by József Finta all pointed out sharp directions but did not give an answer to the question.
In the first decade of the 21st century promising young studios appeared on the design scene, but so far it has been the residential architecture primarily where the most exciting contemporary architectural ideas sprouted. This is worth keeping an eye on. - Viktória Szépvölgyi, Architema studio