architecture : urban : visual culture

Paragliding and Hang-Gliding Club - Hangar on Hármashatár-hegy

In her diploma, Anna Szőgyi redesigned an old warehouse on Hármashatár-hegy for paragliders and hang gliders. Although the building is still in use as a warehouse, the transformation could turn it into a real community place as a starting and finishing point of the adventure.

The sky above Hármashatár-hegy is usually covered by various aircrafts, paragliders and hang gliders. Unfortunately, the infrastructure is very underdeveloped, there are no lockers to store sport equipment, no changing room, not even a toilette can be found in the area.

One of the most popular starting sites on Hármashatár-hegy is the abandoned hangar, which was used by paragliders since 1975, but is currently used only for storing sport equipment, though it would be the perfect place for a paraglider-training and resting place. Integrating the missing functions would mean that there is no need for a new building, preserving more of nature.
I found it important to preserve the hangar's natural stone walls, but I wanted the old and new structures to appear separated.





On the ground floor, the unheated warehouse space was extended with service rooms (toilets, cafeteria), but largely retained its original storage function with new areas such as workshops and a simulation exercise area.
Because of the new demands, I wanted to expand the space upstairs, where eventually the locker room, office and training rooms were located in two tracts.

The design process was based on the continuous alignment of the roof, space, floor plan and the structural support system. The new functional units required natural light and more space, which was possible by raising the roof and redesigning it. After a lot of experimentation, the Shed roof matched to the existing raster, which takes over the rhythm of the floor plan.

Although the hangar is still in use as a warehouse, the transformation could turn it into a real community place as a starting and finishing point of the adventure.




 

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