Piarists is the oldest Catholic educational order. It started in Budapest at the beginning of the 18th Century. The building at this location wasdesigned by Dezső HÜLTL in 1917. It consisted of two wings, one at the Szabadsajtó street, the other at the Pesti Barnabás street. 1950 the ownership was claimed by the state, and until 1992 it housed the Faculty of Philosophy of ELTE. Afterwards it was given to the previous owners, the Piarists, but the needed renovation was delayed because of financial shortage. The renovation of the wing at the Szabadsajtó street began in 2003, whichwas followed by the renovation of the other wing three years later.
- architects in charge: János GOLDA ,Zoltán KOVÁCS, Erzsébet MÉSZÁROS; collaborating architects: Bence VARGA, Gábor ZAHORÁN, Tünde SZOJKA M., Katalin ALKÉR, András DEBRECZENI, Gábor NAGY, Dániel VERMES, Roberta HORVÁTH; M-Teampannon Kft., Kollektív Műterem Kft.
- year of design/construction: 2006-2009/2009-2011
- photography: © Tamás BUJNOVSZKY, Zoltán KOVÁCS, Anett MIZSEI,Tamás SZÁNTÓ, Civertan Stúdió
- → see the building on the map "hungarian architecture"!
The idea was to house a trade zone and offices besides the educational facilities. There is an underground level with parking places and storages, shops were opened on the first two levels above ground; the high school occupies the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and parts of the 1st floor and the monastery is on the 5thfloor. The offices are in the attic and on the 5th as well.
A 3 story high box was put into the interior courtyard. This way it has nicer proportions and the box can house a sports hall. On top of the box on the 4th floor a new courtyard replaces the old one, providing a nice atmosphere for the students. The new element appears to be independent from the existing structure, leaving a void between the two entities. The concrete box has the form of a mastaba with concrete shafts on top, which allow the light to come inside. The surface of the concrete is divided into cells and painted. The building has a small transparent tower facing the danube, depicting the once existing tower at the same place.
The Március 15. square in front of it was renovated as well, which is the work of Város-Teampannon.
Translation by András BOTOS
Publications in English:
- Harmonia Caelestis – Budapest Piarist Centre - in: építészfórum.hu, May 13, 2011;
- András Árvai, Zoltán Horváth: Budapesti Piarista Központ (video) - in: 6b.hu, Piarista, 2013. 04. 25.;
- Jenő Kapy: In harmony with God, The Reconstruction of Building „A”, Budapest, Piarist Centre - in: Régi-Új Magyar Építőművészet 2011/3, 6.-11. o.
- Pro Architectura prize, 2013 - to János Golda, Zoltán Kovács és Erzsébet Mészáros architects;
- client: Piarist Nonprofit Kft.
- scale: 19552 m2