Saint Gellért 厅,匈牙利, Építész Stúdió


Sinking the new sports and event hall for Saint Margaret High School was a rational decision both in regard to space and environment. The considerable size of the hall is reduced by more than half, so the surroundings are less disturbed, while the rooftop is an additional field for the school.


The garden where the new structure stands used to be formed by well-kept terraces, which character was lost during the Second World War. Restoring the garden with a defined slope and a terrace for the field evokes this long lost companion of the Neo-Baroque building.


Functionally the new hall is also easily accessed on the level of the yard behind the school. The playing field, everyday entrance, and lockers are all at the same level while spectators can enter from the gallery above.


Entrance areas are a dark intermezzo between the outdoors and the light-filled hall, where through the open facade we are constantly in visual connection with the school.


Simple materials were used. The concrete structure that holds the box in place underground and supports the rooftop field is lined with wooden surfaces that were necessary during everyday use. The net for the outdoor field is replaced by galvanized pipes continuing in front of the facade as an austere structure next to the detailed monument of the existing school.

Architects: Építész Stúdió
Year: 2020
Photographs: Gergely Kenéz
Design Team:Zsolt Félix, Tamás Fialovszky, Bálint Gulyás, Gergely Kenéz


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