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The power of whiteness

Functional order, proportionality and conceptual purity led István Bényei and Balázs Ivony to the design motif of this building. This is the origin of the natural simplicity of the relatively small villa, which is characterized by the simple shapes and the use of noble, timeless materials.

 

One of the main advantages of the cold, slightly refrained house is that it does not fully separate the lake from the street, through the house – from certain angles – you can see the lake spreading at the end of the garden - which is also reinforced by the horizontal construction and the use of large glass surfaces.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.

 

The relatively small site narrowing towards the lake was considered as an advantage by the designers, a large terrace was attached to the house, which was connected to the interior with huge, movable glass surfaces, so the exterior merges with the interior in winter. Instead of covering the terrace, it is equipped with a rhythmic arrangement of gradually denser and thinner pergola and movable blinds.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.

 

The pergola beams give a beautiful vibration towards the sky, but as an essential element, these lamellae also harmonize the composition of the elongated house – while the different zones of the terrace repeat the functions of the interior common spaces of the building.

The spatial organization is conspicuously simple: beside the high-ceilinged living area, we find the separate female and male rooms int he part of the building with lower ceilings, which are isolated only by a glass wall and, if discretion is desired, a large, by heavy curtains from the living room. Between the private spaces of the building, with a recess, they opened an inner semi-atrium, through which the owners can reach the rooftops on a floating staircase, where they can enjoy the unimpeded view of the sunset.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.

 

In addition to the thoughtful orientation and the use of quality materials - the most typical example of which is the hidden copper entrance of the garage which emerges of the snow-white plastered surface - was an interior design principle to creat islands in the high-ceiling common living space. only via the use of furnitures.


Private house near the lakeside, Architects: Bényei István, Ivony Balázs, 2018.

 

With the ingenious solutions and the decorative elements of the interior, István Bényei and Bernadett Rudinszky aimed to create a blend of loft-like inner world and Scandinavian design elements, which can be traced in the color combinations and material choices. The cosiness of the Scandinavian style suits this compact house very well, making this villa reflect a sense of elegance and restraint hopefully for many years coming.

 

 

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