Renovation and expension of the Hild mansion
As an architect I’m really drawn to projects that involve renewing an old building, because in these cases the past, present and future come together. I meet with the building and I have to decide in the present what to keep from it from the past, what is it that I don’t, and I reshape it so it can stand in the future again.
An exterior- and interior architect cannot wish for a more exciting, beautiful and more responsible task then the renovation of a big master’s work – Hild József's – beautiful building. In the case of the mansion, it was soon apparent that it would be hopeless to try to restore the old Hild-state. During the 170 years of its existence it was altered so many times, that today it would be impossible to know what was made by Hild and what wasn’t, and even if we tried, in order to do that we would have to tear down the majority of the building, which is not acceptable to the owner or the Örökségvédelmi Hivatal. So we decided to look at the features of the classicistic architecture, figure out the rules of its game and after that, design a clean classical building. We demolish and build. During the demolition we tore down the walls only until the original Hild ones, during the construction we used a low-key contemporary aspect. Symmetry, perspicuity, and calmness were very important.
On the bottom level, at the axle of the building, we made an original Hild wall apparent, as a “witness”, and we also planted our memorial table in honor of our classical master architect.
Hild jozsef designed and constructed the buiding for himself in 1844. The mansion was built detached, in an old fashioned manner, it has two floors and a tall roof. In 1885 Kleiner Armin bought the mansion and expanded it multiple times based on the designs of Pucher Jozsef. After the second world war it was separated into multiple flats, and it was left abandoned for a long time. It had multiple owners, and in 1997 it had a significant renovation which was the final state of the building before us.
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