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Around the trees - Pavilion design for Normafa Park

Normafa is one of the most frequented green spots of Budapest. It's a  a transition between an urban park and the forest. Lilla Árkovics, Borbála Gál, Zsófia Gönczöl and Kata Kállai's concept was to emphasise the latter character. Their design was inspired by the special atmosphere under the trees of Normafa.

Normafa is one of the most frequented green spots of Budapest. The Park is part of the Buda Hills area and known for its panoramic views of the city. It is located on the edge of the city and can be reached in 15 minutes from the city centre.

Normafa is a transition between an urban park and the forest. Our concept was to emphasise the latter character. Our design was inspired by the special atmosphere under the trees of Normafa.



The feeling of wandering around and discovering the forest was important in this concept. Instead of creating an urban space with groups of pavilions, we decided to spread the pavilions all over the area. We located our pavilions along the existing walking and hiking trails so both the frequently and the infrequently visited spots are also highlighted and introduced to the visitors.




To define the space between the trees and the function we created a connecting element which became the basic module of our modular system. This connecting module is a wide wooden surface, ideal for sitting and resting while enjoying the atmosphere of the tree. The rounded and dynamic form of the connecting module is inspired by the forms, colors and materials of the existing image design of the Normafa Park.



The connecting module can be expanded by further function. One end of the connecting module surrounds the tree and the other end could contain a function. The space between them gives more diverse usage to the small functions. Shelters, info-points, small restaurants/bars, toilets and changing rooms can be created by expanding the connecting module. The design of the expansion opens up the way the function opens up.

Lilla Árkovics

 

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