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Therapy center for the Down Association

On World Down Syndrome Day (that is 21 March) thanks to a one of a kind project in the industry, Rejtett Kincsek (Hidden Treasures) Down Association opened its second Inclusive Early Development Centre and Playhouse in Hungary, this time in Budapest.

Based on the unique “Csodavár Model”, Csodavár Budapest has been completed as a result of the work of Rejtett Kincsek Down Association with the professional support of, among others, Óbuda Group including design, construction supervision and technical support during construction.

Vacant for years, an old cinema building in the 15th district of Budapest provided a basis for the centre. The additions to the old building have been demolished revealing a sizeable cellar underneath. The contemporary addition completed here now features huge slides that connect three storeys, which soon became the children’s favourites. On the ground floor of the old cinema there is a large community playground and a coffeehouse, with the first floor of the newly built part accommodating rooms for one-on-one and group sessions where specialist can assist children’s development. As a result of the reconstruction the one-time cinema together with the addition has turned into a close to 750 sqm clean-lined modern building, successfully combining the atmosphere of the old house with contemporary elements.

The new therapy centre has managed to implement the basic idea of the “Csodavár Model” in every aspect, meaning that “the key is to provide integrated and playful development for children, that is to ensure an environment for those in need of early development, where the development centre doubles as a playground and where disabled children and those with typical development can attend joint activity sessions and thus develop together.” As for the interior, playgrounds have been magically transformed into fairytale like spaces by Boldizsár Kő, with Medence Group’s design adding adventure to the interior of the coffeehouse and the changing room, in keeping with the thought-through architectural concept of Óbuda Group.


Early Development Centre and Playhouse - architect: Péter Mózes, Andrea Mózesné Takács - photo: Dávid Szabó

Early Development Centre and Playhouse - architect: Péter Mózes, Andrea Mózesné Takács - photo: Dávid Szabó

Early Development Centre and Playhouse - architect: Péter Mózes, Andrea Mózesné Takács - photo: Dávid Szabó

Early Development Centre and Playhouse - architect: Péter Mózes, Andrea Mózesné Takács - photo: Dávid Szabó




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