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House from hemp

A field stretches between the sloping hills of Bercel, in Nógrád county. It is one of the highest places in the village. The view is spectacular in all directions: forests, stone mine, small rooftops all around. This will be the birthplace of a new endeavour, sheltered from the elements by a roof which covers the new building as a veil. These buildings will be filled with life and joy by the residents and the guest, forming a new community. This is the centre which is surrounded by cultivated, and uncultivated nature, which is the headquarters of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

 

There is a big opening in the middle of the roof, which ensures sunlight. When it rains, the water pours as a curtain from the edge of the opening to a pool filled with rocks from the local mine, and in the winter the sunlight shines on the icicles. The drainage water from pool (and from the water tank beneath) also acts as a water supply for the plants in the garden.


House from hemp in Bercel, Hungary, Architect: Ostoróczky Nóra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture, 2019.


House from hemp in Bercel, Hungary, Architect: Ostoróczky Nóra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture, 2019.

 

The houses are providing homes for smaller and larger communities: families, volunteers, visitors from the local kindergarten. Lofts can be filled with life, at the summertime open air sleeping places can be established, with enough space left for the children to play hide and seek amongst the exhibits of the local artists.


House from hemp in Bercel, Hungary, Architect: Ostoróczky Nóra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture, 2019.


House from hemp in Bercel, Hungary, Architect: Ostoróczky Nóra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture, 2019.

 

The three houses are acting as an entity by themselves: the vegetable path is the pantry, the community centre is the living room. Anybody can feel the ownership who waters a seedling, or pulls an unwanted weed out. The common effort is the soil of living.


House from hemp in Bercel, Hungary, Architect: Ostoróczky Nóra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture, 2019.

 

At the edge of the hemp field there is a processing plant where sedulous hands are manufacturing useful products from every part of the hemp: a part of it will be fed to the animals, another part will be used as a building material, which is already used in the walls of the houses on the property.

 

House from hemp in Bercel, Hungary, Architect: Ostoróczky Nóra, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Architecture, 2019.

In the see of hemp (which is twice as tall as a human), little constructions find hiding place, they are reborn after harvest: one of them is a stargazing platform, one is the conservatory for the seedlings in the early spring, others act as shelter from the weather.

Hopefully this project is one of the first seeds amongst the plentiful establishing the more ecological centred future of Bercel.

 

Ostoróczky Nóra

 

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