architecture : urban : visual culture

Glitch on the facade of the office building

"The aim of the competition was to design a new building for the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, to a plot where there already is an office building. Although the authority has a rich and diverse scale of activities, the existing building stands with a gray anonimity, without a 'face'." As a result, László Pethő and his colleagues saw the opportunity to create something unusual. 


It is the most important for a new office building to have a distinguishable character. With the building that we propose this lack of identity can finally change. 

As the authority wanted a technology building with additional spaces, such as office and conference areas, we focused on the strict rationality of the main function. This rigorous technological order had been our guideline throughout the whole design process. The floor plan is organized by the two vertical cores, which create a clear, transparent system for accessing each functional unit. The long-span structure - required on the ground level - is also applied on the upper levels to avoid structural anomalies. This allows free spatial formation in case of any functional change, and thanks to the structural height, it is possible for the complex ventilation system to be installed without the use of a separate ceiling space.

On the facade the special aesthetics of 'ration' continues. This aesthetic order settles the relationship between functionally closed and open facade surfaces. The inside content is visible without the use of false masses trying to blur reality. We believe that this openly honest sincerity has the power to create a certain "face", identity, which gives the institution an unmistakable character.


An unexpected malfunction in a system that fixes itself over time and is therefore difficult to repair. The term first appeared in the digital industry, but nowadays it is also applied to analog errors, such as social or natural systems. It causes a temporary visual or mechanical problem in the output of the given system, but does not interfere with the system's operation.

"Glitch art" uses these errors for aesthetic or critical purposes, accepting and exploiting the spread of digital technologies and their inevitable impact on society. Glitch art has become a legitimate tool in fine art, media art and music, and is one of the determining trends in contemporary art.

Clarification of the concept above is unavoidable to understand our facade design. As mentioned in the introduction, we consider creating identity an important element. The graphically designed, mounted facade covering uses this technique, showing a possible direction. Glass surfaces are shaded by intelligently controlled lamellar shielding systems, designed vertically or horizontally depending on the orientation of the facade.




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