Tiny fairyland among the trees
In the summer of 2018 the MOME Institute of Architecture returned to Erdőbénye, northen part of Hungary/ Tokaj wine region. In the framework of the traditional summer building camp, last year, the members of first BA class enriched the stream coast by an installation called KÚT (well). This summer the local intervention continued, so the currently enrolled architecture students took part in the development of the stream area.
Based on the traditions of the design studio the whole class have been working on the same assignment during the spring semester of the 2017/2018 academic year, which happened to be the expansion of the Erdőbénye Project: tree houses to the stream coast. The individual designs of each and every students got the potential to be chosen by their fellows. Based on the joint decision of the class this year the concept of Imola Zsóka Fazakas received the chance to be realised during the 10 days long building camp.
"I designed 5 different wooden houses with slightly different proportions, which are placed on trees alongside the stream. I aimed to keep in the traditional sense and nature of a wooden tree house phenomenon. The small differences between the structures cause an intendedly chaotic, fairy-tale atmosphere. It was interesting to discover how the different proportions can offer variant space experiences: a tiny variation can change the full character of a building. The axises of the cottages are parallel to the inclination of the trees. This playfull design appears as a sense of casualty. The houses are approachable on fixed ladders.
I have designed personal or even shared spaces, which can be described with the atmosphere recalled by the expression of fairyland.
We managed to build all five houses during the 10 days long bulding camp. In many situations we have been overruled by the environment, trees, location, and weather. We succeded to keep our promise: we did not hurt the trees and the nature, we just tried to honore the atmosphere of the place with some remarkable building. Our team worked thoughtfully, mature, in full co-operation and in exceptional mood. The whole building process was characterized by experimentation, compromises, and randomly emerged common solutions. The buildings started to belong to each of us equally: during the workflow my personal design turned to be an united class project.
It was one of the most special experience for us when the first cottage got just placed on the tree and right away the local kids already started to use it, which suggests that there is a future for this wooden, hidden fairy-tale land among the trees."