architecture : urban : visual culture

Szent Imre Church

Páty, located in the Budapest agglomeration, has a relatively undeveloped infrastructure and a poor road structure. The Catholic community holds its ceremonies in an ex‐socialist cinema building. There is no community house for children and for studies. Nevertheless, these unfavourable circumstances not only serve to enforce the feeling of belonging within the community but also act as a catalyst to promote change and modernity.

The floor‐plan is traditional with the symbolic orientation creating a contemporary architectural appearance.

A modern building was planned that takes into account the contemporary liturgical and theological research, and also makes optimal use of modern engineering and technical solutions. We firmly believe that intellectual and
cultural development on the one hand, and the use of available technical solutions on the other, were given equal importance in the project.

The inner space of the church both creates an enlarged form, and recalls the apse of medieval churches together with the Baroque illusionary effect of light. The reinforced concrete shell poses a modern structural challenge, while
the quality and atmosphere of the inner space are determined by the inflow of natural light.

The apse is the centre of the building; here the space is created by diffuse light, emphasizing the sacral functions.

The poetically composed reinforced concrete "bubble" is symmetrical to the central axis, providing a translational surface created by placing identical arcs along a given space curve, where the light comes through breaks in the walls and ceiling.

The construction of the reinforced concrete structure can be planned in a cost effective manner and the construction costs kept at an optimal level due to the generated surface created through the use of generator and directrix used in industrial machine manufacturing technology.



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