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„I’ll carry silence, I’ll bring noise” – the Szeklerland NOISE camps

The Noise camp by CsomóPont organization aspires to create a flourishing, active community and a new touristic destination in Szeklerland with its help. However, among the various activities for youngsters of all ages, some places are created precisely for soulsearching and meditation. 

The CsomóPont organization intends to propagate the economic, touristic, and cultural revival of Covasna County by civilian means. Its program called Noise welcomes creative young people for its summer camp, where they can display their talent in architecture and design among many other fields.

The Noise creative camp is held each August. It is organized by CsomóPont and Kreakids Studio in Kézdivásárhely (Târgu Mureş), in a different town of Háromszék every year. This year, after Csernát and Bálványosfürdő, Kurtapatak was chosen as the location for the third camp.

The purpose of the organizers, as suggested by the name of the camp, is to strengthen the noise and liveliness in Szeklerland. They believe that "where there is noise, there is life." They want to promote the sound of progress and life in the form of loud hatching, sawing, and laughing sounds. Their aim is - besides discovering and recognizing the chosen locations – to discern their values and problems and to create an improvised original artistic response. They believe that this creative work forges a bridge between locals and foreign experts. During the process, participants learn more and more about the settlement: their small installations, interventions, and dress collections highlight the values of the area and therefore they situate the settlement on the touristic maps.

The participants of the camps are kids, primary school children and young university students. They can choose to partake in architecture, fashion design, photography, video and graphics workshops. In the workshops, the projects of architecture, fashion design, graphics, short film and photo spring to life, in order to introduce the village to the world, and to visually develop and enrich the image of the small settlement.

In 2015, it was the village of Csernáton that became the "node" of Háromszék, this was the first place where young people were able to show their talents in the camp for the first time. They have created "architectural sculptures" and dress collections together, inspired by the folk wear of Csernáton. They have designed new logos and business images for local craftsmen. At the closing ceremony, professionals were giving lectures in connection with the different trades and crafts. Local producers (cheese makers, brandy masters) were offering their products to a large number of visitors.

The second Noise creative camp continued to promote the same purpose in 2016. The organizing team selected Bálványosfürdő and Torja as the node of Szeklerland. The participants made various works inspired by the spirit of the place, and the various legends associated with it. Fashion designers inspired by the legend of St. Anne's Lake designed a collection of twelve dresses. The participants in the architecture workshop, among other things, reshaped a Mofetta.

A year later, Kurtapatak stole the hearts of the organizers with its spectacular landscapes and unmined values. Thus, it became the region where the third Noise creative camp took place. Located about 50 km from Sepsiszentgyörgy and 16 kilometers away from Kézdivásárhely, the 300-people settlement gave home for a week to the architecture projects, dress collections’ production, and the making of graphics and photographs. The purpose of the works remains the same: to serve the needs of visiting tourists and to visually develop and enrich the image of the settlement.


"Meregő" (A Place for Meditation)

Near the small waterfall formed on the stream crossing through the village, the placement of the 4-meter diameter circular meditation point was inspired by the formation made by the wash of the swelling stream. The installation is a contrast between the organic forms of nature and the geometric shape of the human hand. This contrast is reinforced by the blue color recalling the lime coating of Szekler houses.

location: Csernáton, Covasna county, Romania
creators: Batizi-Pócsi GergőBatizi-Pócsi Péter (batlab architects), Bölöni Botond, Gál Zoltán (pillér stúdió), Pásztor Bence (Studio Nomad)
photo: Moldován Zsolt, Pásztor Bence
year of construction: 2015


"Buglya" (Stack o’ Straws)

The scattered haystacks on the meadows of Csernáton inspired this installation. The wooden structure is building one element on top of the other in a spiral form. The resulting arrangement creates an interesting space experience in the middle of the plain, thanks to its perforation.

location: Bálványosfürdő, Covasna county, Romania
creators: Bimbó Botond, Cseh Réka, Erőss Sándor (Okapi Design Lab), Fülöp József (3draw), Kovács Apor, Kovács Hunor László (hunap studio), Gábor Balázs, Hodor Levente, Máthé Balázs, Nagy Babos Rebeka
photos by: Moldován Zsolt, Máthé Zoltán
year of construction: 2015



Mofetta is a name referring to a volcanic gas discharge in the final phase of volcanic activity, whose gas components can have a healing effect by getting into the bloodstream through the skin. Bálványosfürdő has taken advantage of this feature of the mountain and has built numerous spas and mofettes in the area. The mofettes, also called "stinky baths", were vigorously used by people for medical purposes in the past – nowadays they are becoming tourist attractions. In the depths of the forest, the little decaying mofetta used to have only a bench and a cover. The reconstruction’s solution to the form was outlined during a collective brainstorming the beginning of the camp. The newly built form is hardly similar to the structure of traditional mofettes. The goal of the arrangement was to cast the erupting gas into form. "Creating a lightweight structure that reflects the ethereal nature of the gas and assimilates into texture of the forest."

location: Bálványosfürdő, Kovászna megye
creators: Domokos Bíborka, Cserei Zoltán, Deme Tamás, Erőss Sándor (Okapi Design Lab), Fülöp József (3draw), Kovács Apor , Kovács Hunor L. (hunap studio), Cseh Réka, Majoros Csilla, Szabó Rákhel, Gál Zoltán (pillér stúdió), Nagy Ákos, Hodor Levente, Máthé Balázs
photo by: Moldován Zsolt, Deme Tamás, Máthé Zoltán, Gál Zoltán, Kovács Hunor László
year of construction: 2016


"Dézsa_Vu" (Deja Vu – Tub)

A pavilion surrounding a wooden tub and a massage bed. The structure of the pavilion visually extracts guests wishing to relax from the outside world by creating an intimate, but piercing space among the pine trees.

location: Bálványosfürdő, Covasna county, Romania
creators: Erőss Sándor (Okapi Design Lab), Fülöp József (3draw), Kovács Apor, Kovács Hunor L. (hunap studio), Gál Zoltán (pillér stúdió), Hodor Levente
photo by: Moldován Zsolt, Erőss Sándor, Máthé Zoltán, Gál Zoltán
year of construction: 2016


"Kabin" (Cabin)

An outdoor shower and changing room: the expansion of Balvanyos Resort hotel's bathing facilities of the conference room with an outdoor shower. In consultation with the hotel owners, the temporary improvised existing showers were replaced by a playful, humorous, and more functional construction.

location: Bálványosfürdő, Covasna county, Romania
creators: Domokos Bíborka, Cseh Réka, Bánffy Barbara, Deme Tamás, Kerekes Szabolcs, Erőss Sándor (Okapi Design Lab), Fülöp József (3draw), Kovács Apor, Kovács Hunor L. (hunap studio), Gál Zoltán (pillér stúdió), Hodor Levente, Máthé Balázs, Nagy Ákos, Kónya Karola, László Roland-Zsombor
photos by: Erőss Sándor, Kovács Apor, Kovács Hunor László, Gál Zoltán
year of construction: 2016

"Léleklengető" (Soulswayer)

"I’ll carry silence, bring noise" The Noise creative camp usually brings noise to the hosting settlement, but in the case of Kurtapatak, the architecture workshop focused on the counterpoint of noise, the silence. The installation, christened "Léleklengető" (Soulswayer), is located at the top of Karulyos Hill, a natural meditation point at the edge of the village. In this place, our life, upset by the noise of our everyday lives, is calmed by the endless horizon and silence. The Léleklengető submerges the soul into this endless calmness, providing an opportunity to concentrate on the self, to examine from this high perspective our own lives, and to see the mistakes and solutions with the eyes of an outsider.

The lattice structure serving as the walls of the installation can remind us of the cages of everyday life, a sense of being closed up, but the ever-expanding slits make us realize that there is always a way out, if one is looking for it. The architectural solutions used here perfectly fit both the scenery of the hill and the spirituality of the place. The sight of the structure while approaching the hill immediately engenders curiosity and compels us to think whereas the swing-structure that disrupts the interior space can make us feel that we are floating over problems and troubles. Visitors of Léleklengető can say that they have brought noise here and will carry away with themselves a kind of silence, a kind of quiet that will help them tackle their everyday life.

location: Kurtapatak, Covasna megye, Romania
alkotók: Bajcsi Péter, Both Hunor, Cseh Réka, Csiszár Borbála, Derzsi Szabolcs, Lassu Péter (BME, Rajzi- és Forma ismereti tanszék), Kazella Erika,
Erőss Sándor (Okapi Design Lab), Hodor Levente, Kovács Apor, Kovács Hunor L. (hunap studio), Gál Zoltán (pillér stúdió), Kerekes Szabolcs, Máthé Balázs, Széles Ferenc, Tóth Ádám, Vörös Ábel Etele
photos by: Moldován Zsolt, Erőss Sándor, Kovács Hunor László, Kovács Apor, Hodor Levente
year of construction: 2017

The projects of fashion design, photo-video and graphics workshops made besides the architecture projects can be viewed at the website or Facebook page.


"A plan, an opportunity, a dream ... building from the local features and harnessing the creativity of youth with small interventions to advance the development of the area, to increase the area’s touristic revival, to improve its visual culture."

... these were the main goals that initiated the CsomóPont organization in January 2014 in the territory of Transylvanian Háromszék, which has since then enriched the region with small-scale projects, lectures and workshops. Our activity focuses on important things like the link between local products and crafts with today's cultural environment. We aspire to make our programs function as alternatives by forging a motivating and innovative approach whose purpose is to create a link between the youth and older generations. This link is essential for the development of the region.

During our programs, we created a touristic image, local produce packaging, a flag plan, and a church garden reconstruction. However, the main pillar of our projects is the NOISE Creative Camp, organized by the KreaKids studio in Kézdivásárhely, which is held in every August in various settlements in the territory of Háromszék.

Members of CsomóPont: Sándor Erőss, Zoltán Gál, Levente Hodor, Apor Kovács, Hunor László Kovács, Zoltán Máthé, Tamás Deme, Zsolt Moldován

KreaKids Studio is a private school that offers creative training in Háromszék. In addition to their youthful vigor and determination, their professional experience is a guarantee that children are in good hands.
Members of Kreakids Studio: Sándor Erőss, Réka Máthé-Babós




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