Revitalization of vehicle and mining tram repair workshops
Multifunctional community incubator facility and cafe
Dániel Tamás Karádi was looking for the answer in his diploma design to the question that how could be revitalized an old post-socialist hall in Rudabánya.
The small town is in Borsod county, which is situated in one of the poorest regions in the European Union. Rudabánya was an important mining town from the medieval ages. The town lived its first golden ages in the 19th century. When the first world war ended the importance of the town had become even bigger, because here was the sole iron ore mine in Hungary. My two buildings had been built in this last, socialist era.
The two halls are in a forced position. They are situated in the valley of Ormos creek. Next to the buildings there is a catholic church, and a cemetery too. This spiritually strong situation made me think the conclusion, that I must demolish some part of the hall: the transformer station and the first two raster. In this result, the two building don’t compete with the mass of the church. Secondly, I would like to make, with these two buildings, an entrance for the new axis of the town, which could possibly revitalize the old train station for the unused mining facilities.
To find the function, I had to take into consideration the functioning of the city and its small region. I find out that this small town (around 3000 inhabitants) doesn’t need a building with just one permanent function, but it is better to have a space with the possibility of multifunctionalities. My aim was to create a facility which can motivate the locals to have self-organised programs, and to create a new identity based on the towns mining heritage. For the smaller hall, I designed a small cafe, with an optimized reinforced concrete shell connection to the multifunctional building. To keep most of the structures, which is a heritage, I designed steel “boxes” into the buildings for the service rooms.
Finally, the new facade could be from polycarbonate. It is inexpensive, and easy to maintain. But the most important was that I don’t want to plan these building interiors and exterior for the eternity, not even 50 years. Rudabánya’s future lies ahead of two roads: one is the existing one, when the town will shrink to the level of a village and the other option is a slow development in which these two building will have a different role in the end.
Dániel Tamás Karádi