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Look how beautiful the lights are – the HÉV underpass in Szentendre

"One year after the tender, the HÉV underpass in Szentendre was handed over. Due to the tight financial framework available, serious compromises were needed in the use of materials. Instead of exposed concrete a coating system was applied. The granite tiles were placed back, the non-slip concrete floor was left out, and the asphalt floor was kept. Also the concept remained the same, together with the lights, changing angles, mass and harmony. Even one year after the handover." - remembers Péter Borbás DLA.

"One year after the tender, the HÉV underpass in Szentendre was handed over. Due to the tight financial framework available, serious compromises were needed in the use of materials. Instead of exposed concrete a coating system was applied. The granite tiles were placed back, the non-slip concrete floor was left out, and the asphalt floor was kept. Also the concept remained the same, together with the lights, changing angles, mass and harmony. Even one year after the handover."



This underpass works like a gate, though its position is not a usual one. The essence of the concept is to evoke a piece of the downtown’s harmoniously built environment with today's tools. Instead of mounted metal claddings, heavy and massive materials appear as if they were thick walls of 100-200 years old buildings.





The architect tried to re-evaluate the underground situation and to deprive it of its negative associations. The underpass was realized as a harmonious composition of plastered, heavy masses and surfaces, and lights breaking on the planes. The angle changes, asymmetric ramps, parapets, the oblique stripe of the flooring and the zigzag line of lighting all reflect on the winding streets of Szentendre.

 

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