architecture : urban : visual culture

Halasi celler in Villány

Halasi cellar is a brand new building which meets the client’s wish to look like the reconstruction of a listed building; to have an antique look in every detail. Modernity can be detected only in small details and is not overwhelming at all. The detailed facades and enchanting interiors create a well-thought through, mature look, with often improvisatory solutions.

he building originally had one, then later two, facades. As the plot faces a square it has a ‘little bend’ in the middle. Consequently, the house communicates in two directions, and this is highlighted with different emphases. The facade unit with two pediments, and also the asymmetric ‘neck’ building in the middle, reflects mainly folk architecture of Eastern Mecsek, Baranya hills and Ormánság and a little bit of non-folk architecture. This structured background represents the backbone for tourism, which even in its structure is an exciting, lively, transparent world. Together with lights, furniture, and multifunctional units a Mediterranean, Villány-wine atmosphere is created.


The restaurant in the basement can be conceptually divided into two parts. The round cellar at the far back has a Byzantine feel with a little bit of Romanesque dome. The walls are divided by 12 pillars. These lend the space both architecturally and, by number, symbolically to a feeling of calm completeness. The dome was designed and constructed by Ferenc Heimann, who has left his mark in many Villány and Szekszárd wineries. Leaving the medieval dome area behind we get the feeling of continuous transition, as if we were in a cellar where the walls have been repeatedly demolished and rebuilt with used building material. The ground floor café and reception reflect the atmosphere of another time period: turn-of-the-century decoration and baroque or late renaissance division of the walls. One can look for analogies in Burgenland, Transylvania or Slovakia. On the first floor there are six rooms and the stairway, and in the attic space there is a suite used by the client’s family. From here, we can step on a “hidden” terrace with a gorgeous panoramic view over the River Dráva.

Overall even if the building isn’t important from an art historical point of view, it meets many requirements, has good functional and aesthetic design and in today’s eclectic, sometimes confused architecture and interior design sets a standard for traditional, forward-looking individual style in Hungary. I can proudly say that we came up this style. By now it has many followers and has brought us many sales orders.

Extract from Ottó Hoffer’s writing.


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