GOVERNMENT RESIDENCE ON SVÁBHEGY
Realized
2002
2200 m2
Budapest

The 21st-century government residence, resulting from its function, required a representative design, whilst the receiving building was built in the 1930s. The designers realized a kind of a contemporary eclecticism avoiding the traps of postmodern quotations: instead of the shapes of the architecture of the 20th or sometimes even earlier centuries, the essence of architectural aspirations was invoked. The organization of the central reception spaces in an axis creates a representative atmosphere as a matter of course, and it is further strengthened by the presence of interior design and peer arts. The representative spaces were decorated by future-proof, modern forms and noble materials rather than contemporary trends. The building, also in its exterior, blends modern and classical traditions. While the play of masses preserves the ideas of the 30s, the division of elevations follows a classical pattern: on a rustic footing stripe there is a piano nobile, and a second floor more reserved in its size and shape. The rich woodwork of doors and windows suggests the fineness of representative palaces without specific stylistic references. The interior designer Rózsa Csavarga received “Interior Designer of the Year Award” in 2003 for her work. On her initiative, the works of Hungarian industrial designers, rather than foreign design products, were installed in the building serving also for the reception of foreign delegations.

Lead Architect
Gábor Zoboki DLA habil., Zoltán Tóth, Zoltán Farkas
Architects
Gyula V. Szabó, Csaba Silvester
Main design partners and consultants
Leading interior designer: Rózsa Csavarga, Interior designer: Ildikó Mag, Industrial designers: Ágnes Németh, Lívia Dombi, Szilárd Antal, Anna Kubinyi, Daniella Lucza, Éva Magyar, Iván j. Molnár , Kinga Szabó, Co-designers: Terraplan 97, G+B Plan, Péter Gáspár
Client
Interior Ministry Central Financial Headquarters