In Budapest, Ferencváros, at the corner of Liliom and Tűzoltó Street a former riding hall can be found, built between 1845-46 as part of the Maria Theresa Barrack. Until 2010 it stood there empty – after the BÁV company used is as a furniture depot – when the ALDI supermarket chain bought the site with the locally protected building.
- leading architect: Géza KENDIK - Stúdió A4 Iroda Kft.
cooperating architects: Viktória DÓCZY, VESZELIK Péter VESZELIK, Dániel SALAMON, Kristóf HORVÁTH
- year of design/construction: 2008-2009/2010
- photography: © Gabriella BICZÓ, © Tamás BUJNOVSZKY
The goal of the new owner was to transform the building, rather than demolishing it and building the regular well-known cubic. For the wanted result there were some compromises to make. First, the building could only take the third of a regular ALDI supermarket store’s size, as a new “supermarket-capsule” inside. The neighborhood was already crowded and there were enough stores to serve it. “It is not a question what the Architect does, but what he doesn’t! There are compromises to take, but in what I don’t believe, I don’t draw.” – said the Architect.
The steel structure of the old building was saved; during the construction 10000 mixed-colored brick were replaced. Following the “box in a box” theory, the drainage was solved behind the external cover, so it could stay perfectly plain and untouched.
The neighborhood welcomed the old-new hall. The new store was nominated for several prices, so after the successful intervention ALDI decided to continue with other brownfield investments in Budapest.
text/translation: Zsófia KUN, Norbert János PASKÓ
- Eszter Götz: The Dignity of Everyday Reality - in: meonline.hu: online version of Magyar Építőművészet, 2011/1.
- area: 1763,82 m2
- client: Hofer Magyarország Ingatlan Kft
- the building on the homepage of the architects
- Construction Award, 2011