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An apartment to love: bright spaces and modern interior design in Buda

In the most elegant neighborhood of Buda, in a house of great architectural importance, a complex interior design project was realized by Eszter Radnóczy, lead designer, and the team of este’r partners.

The city apartment with panoramic views of the Danube has three en suite bedrooms, a spacious American kitchen and an elegant living room. The original layout of the apartment was complex, with varying ceiling heights and a confusing wall system, so the first challenge was to develop the ideal floor plan – the result was a spacious, clean space.

The classical interior is characterized by a minimalist use of materials: the marble-like, large-format tiles, the natural, soothing colors, the wood paneling and the large but light furnishings create a beautiful harmony. The atmosphere of Buda is enhanced by the rebuilt stucco and wooden panels, the work was carefully completed by the este’r partners’ own team.

The project won the international award of Emilgroup in Prestigue category in 2022.

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Lead designers: Eszter Radnóczy, Hajnalka Zellei

Photo: Dániel Molnár

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Új fejezet az Andrássy úti palota életében: megnyitott a Hotel Oktogon

Júniusban megnyitotta kapuit a Hotel Oktogon, amely eredeti építtetője szándéka szerint az Andrássy út kedvelt palotája, később közkönyvtár volt, sőt egy ideig Budapest egyik népszerű szórakozóhelyeként is működött. Az épület a három évig tartó felújítás után most szállodaként nyitott meg, az este’r partners belsőépítész iroda (vezető tervezők: Radnóczy Eszter, Zellei Hajnalka) és az építészpartner Archikon tervei alapján.

Az Andrássy út 52. alatt álló neoreneszánsz stílusú palota a 19. század végén, 1884-1886 között épült, tervezője a Párisi Udvart és az Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház épületét is jegyző Schmahl Henrik, az építtető pedig a svájci származású malomtulajdonos és sörgyáros Haggenmacher Henrik volt.

Az előkelő palota a mostani restaurálás és megújulás során eredeti karakterét megtartva él tovább, a reprezentatív kapu mögött húzódó belső udvarban a lovak és kocsik helyett most lobby-t és reggelizőteret találunk, a gangok mennyezeti részletei visszanyerték eredeti szépségüket, míg a belsőépítészet inkább sportos és lezser maradt, igazodva a szálloda célközönségének stílusához.

Rövid interjúnkban Radnóczy Eszter vezető tervezőt kérdeztük a palota megújulásának belsőépítészeti munkájáról.

Melyek az épület történetéből azok a részletek, történetek, amelyek fontossá váltak nektek a tervezés során?

A Haggenmacher, majd a Dreher család története és számos ingatlanberuházása Budapest belvárosában mind figyelemre méltóak. A Haggemacher-palota központi lépcsőháza, a festett boltívek, mennyezetek, és a beszökő természetes fény jellemzik az épületet. Ezek a kiemelt elemek mind a műemléki restaurálás utáni eredeti megjelenésüket kapták vissza, és komoly, a jövő számára átmentett értékeket képviselnek. Ennek újjászületésében részt venni hosszú, megterhelő munkafolyamat, egyben felemelő élmény volt.

Milyen a lobby hangulata?

A lobby részben a műemléki épülethez tartozó teret az építész tervezők összenyitották a korabeli lépcsőházzal. Ez a tér így új funkciót és értelmezést kap, mivel a korábbi nyitott udvar az üvegtetővel zárt térré válik. Míg a padlóburkolat és a homlokzati elemek követik a műemlékterek stílusát, addig a berendezés és az installációs elemek a hotel fiatalos, kozmopolita hangulatához alkalmazkodnak. Színesek, letisztultak, kényelmesek, multifunkcionálisak és lendületet sugároznak.

Milyen megoldásokat használtatok a történeti szobákban?

A műemléki szobák sajátossága az eredeti fapanel-burkolat, mely a restaurálás során visszakapta az eredeti világos diófa színét. A szobák nagy mérete lehetővé tette, hogy a fürdőszoba-blokkokat úgy alakítsuk ki, hogy a szoba közepére kerüljenek, ezzel meghagyva az eredeti kazettás faburkolatot a külső falakon. Ez a központi téralakítás lehetővé tette, hogy a műemléki szobán belül tagoljuk a teret háló, közlekedő és nappali zónára.  A központi fürdőszobablokk egy üvegdobozzá vált, mely minden oldalról tükrözi a fapanel burkolatokat. A falak és a mennyezet színe sötétzöld, mely mély árnyalatok illeszkednek a fapanelekhez. A berendezést a klasszikus-modern kombinációja jellemzi.

A szálloda sportos, vagány, de elegáns is. Mit “enged meg” a 3 csillag?

Az épület nagyon sok élményt és értéket hordoz magában, szerintem ez az Andrássy út egyik legizgalmasabb háza, amely gyönyörű volt már felújítás előtt is. A megújult design új életet, frissességet hordoz, kiegészíti a korabeli értékeket úgy, hogy közben az eredeti enteriőr ne sérüljön, azonban felújítás új tulajdonságokat, a mai kornak megfelelő kényelmet, funkcionális és esztétikai igényeket szolgáljon ki.

Mik az épület design-highlightjai?

Az épület alapvető építőelemei meghatározóak voltak: ilyenek a melegszürke kődíszítések, pillérek, párkányok, a fekete és világosszürke diagonális, pepita padlóburkolat, valamint a levélmintás lépcsőházi festett mennyezetek, melyek színkompozíciója a felújítás során tárult fel. A belsőépítészetben dinamikus színekre kottáztuk az épület nem műemléki területét. A hármas alapszín kombináció, a vörös, a zöld és a kék, és azok pasztell árnyalatai végigfutnak az épületen, hol együtt, hol külön-külön. A szobák vidámak és kompaktak, a szín- és anyaghasználat minősége teszi őket érdekessé. A lobby légies megjelenése és vegyes funkciója is érdekes, hiszen ez bár és reggeliző tér is egyben. A redukált és íves formavilágú bútorok mellet megjelennek olyan tárgyak, melyek proporciója tudatosan figyelemfelkeltő. Ilyenek a magas nyakú állólámpák és a virágkaspók is, melyek erősítik vizuális élményt.

Fotó: Tamás Pál

Nyitókép: Sebestyén László / Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

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A new chapter in the life of the Andrássy Avenue Palace: Hotel Oktogon is open

Hotel Oktogon opened its doors in June, the building was originally a much-loved palace on Andrássy Avenue, later a public library and, for a time, one of Budapest’s favorite nightclubs. After three years of renovation, the building is now open as a hotel, designed by este’r partners interior design studio (lead designers: Eszter Radnóczy, Hajnalka Zellei) and architectural partner Archikon.

The neo-Renaissance palace at 52 Andrássy Avenue was built at the end of the 19th century, between 1884 and 1886, designed by Henrik Schmahl, who also designed the Párisi Court and the Urania National Film Theater, and developed by the Swiss-born brewer and mill owner Henrik Haggenmacher.

The elegant palace has been restored and renovated, retaining its original character, the inner courtyard behind the representative gate now features a lobby and a breakfast area instead of horses and carriages, the details of the ceiling in the corridors were given back their original beauty, while the interior design remained sporty and casual, designed to match the style of the hotel’s guests.

In our short interview, we talked to lead designer Eszter Radnóczy about the interior design of the palace’s renovation.

What are the details and stories from the history of the building that were important to you in the design process?

The history of the Haggenmacher and later the Dreher family and their numerous real estate investments in the center of Budapest are all remarkable. The Haggemacher Palace is characterized by its central staircase, painted arches, ceilings and natural light. All of these outstanding features have been restored to their original appearance and represent a significant legacy for the future. Being part of its rebirth has been a long, challenging process, but definitely an exciting experience.

Can you describe the atmosphere in the lobby?

The architects have linked the part of the historic building to the contemporary staircase in the lobby. Now this space has a new function and meaning with the former open courtyard becoming a space enclosed by a glass roof. While the flooring and facade elements follow the style of historic buildings, the furnishings and installation elements are adapted to the hotel’s youthful, cosmopolitan atmosphere. They are colorful, clean, comfortable and vibrant.

What solutions did you use in the historic room?

The rooms are characterized by their original wood paneling, which has been restored to its original light walnut color. The large size of the rooms allowed the bathroom blocks to be positioned in the center of the room, leaving the original coffered wood paneling on the exterior walls. This central spatial planning allowed us to divide the space within the historic room into a bedroom, a hallway and a living room. The walls and ceilings are dark green, with deep shades to match the wooden panels. The furnishings are a classic-modern combination.

The hotel is sporty and cool, but also elegant. What does 3 stars “allow you to do”?

The building has a lot to offer in terms of experience and value, I think it is one of the most exciting houses on Andrássy Avenue – it was beautiful even before the renovation. The new design brings new life, freshness and complements the heritage of the period, without damaging the original, but renovating it to serve new values, modern comfort and functional and aesthetic needs.

What are the design highlights of the building?

The basic building elements were dominant: warm gray stone decorations, pillars, cornices, black and light gray diagonal checked flooring, and painted ceilings with leaf patterns above the staircase, this color composition was discovered during the renovation. In the interior design, dynamic colors were used throughout the non historic area of the building, with a trio of basic color combinations of red, green and blue and their pastel versions featuring the whole building, sometimes together and sometimes separately. The rooms are bright, cheerful and compact, the quality of the color and the use of materials make them more interesting. The airy appearance and mixed function of the lobby is also quite fascinating, it is now both a bar and a breakfast area. The reduced and curved pieces of furniture are accompanied by objects that are deliberately eye-catching, such as long neck floor lamps and flower pots that enhance the visual experience.

Photos by Tamás Pál

 

 

 

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Feminine, soft atmoshpere with leaf pattern: este’r partners designs Italian Vagheggi’s showroom and training centre in Budapest

Este’r partners designed the interior of the Hungarian showroom of Vagheggi beauty brand from Verona. A training room, a community space, a kitchen and service areas can be found in the 300 sqm showroom located in Budapest.

The concept of the showroom follows the Italian company’s branding, which was developed by WEA Group – este’r partners was responsible for the design of the additional features, graphic solutions, the execution design and project management.

The communal kitchen has stunning curved shapes. The feminine, soft atmosphere is further enhanced by the illuminated leaf pattern on the ceiling. One of the walls will feature a design wallpaper by the Italian company, Affreschi while the othern wall will have a unique mottled style wall paint by Wallpaint. The atmosphere is further softened by modern furnishings. The space is characterised by a sophisticated mix of powder colours and green.

 

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Budapest opens English brewery in the heart of the city with fresh design

Our client, a company with a British background, has opened Gravity Brewing, a craft distillery and tasting space in downtown Budapest. Este’r partners was responsible for the interior design of the public spaces and the spectacular tasting room in the historic corner building.

Decorative elements such as Mutina’s design brick create an exciting focal point in the retail space, the counter, made of glazed bricks and pieced together from small elements, is covered with a wooden panel. The Gravity logo is also featured on the flooring, enhancing the brand’s image.

The industrial-style loft features a unique wall covering and can be accessed by a designer staircase. A cosy tasting room can be found upstairs, it is a great place for groups or companies to enjoy a tasting. The real highlight of the interior is a David Groppi’s designer lamp.

 

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Site visit: a photo gallery of our executions

In the course of our work, we have found that it leads us to success if we manage the complexity of a project, from the planning to the completion. Besides planning, este’r partners studio is happy to undertake the design supervision, the coordination of the project and the complete execution, which we entrust to our own specialists who work closely and reliably with us, fair and accurate.

Execution is carried out under close budget control and cost tracking. Our professional background is complemented by a well-established international manufacturer and supplier network and a deep knowledge on products. Our studio has a wide collection of samples and its own product range. We have a personal relationship with most of our trading partners, based on many years of friendship and working together.

We selected some of our most exciting moments on the sites from our photo gallery – please note that personal protective equipment must be worn!

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Elegance in forest green: Emerald Residence at Szervita Square

At Szervita Square, in Budapest where the former Downtown Telephone Exchange Center was located, Biggeorge Property envisioned Emerald Hotel&Suits, a hotel and apartment building which forms an architectural unit with St. Anne’s Church and offers one of the city’s most valuable properties. Eszter Radnóczy, chief designer and the este’r partners studio with offices in Szentendre and Milan, is responsible for the interior design concept. The portfolio of este’r partners includes interior design work on Budapest’s most popular restaurants (Bárkert Bistro, La Fabbrica, Minute Lounge&Bar), public spaces (reconstruction of the Buda Civic Casino) and several hotels at Andrássy Avenue.

The recently opened Emerald Residence invites guests into an elegant interior, created with precious materials and unique designs, taking into consideration the beautiful meeting of the old and the new and the heritage of the historic downtown location. Interior designers at este’r partners have created a cosmopolitan, yet high-quality, soft and slightly exotic interior which blends beautifully with the prestigious downtown environment and the modern building.

The interior design team of este’r partners has led the iconic forest green color through the interior of the Emerald: in combination with geometrically fractured claddings and surfaces, it gives the interior a jewel-like elegance. Forest green velvets meet champagne colors, metals and shiny, rich veined marbles: this is interrupted by the use of the natural walnut and playful mirrors.

Functional spatial structure, recurring geometry, hidden functions

The heart of the project is the breathtaking yet functional spatial design: the sunken island of the lobby, the level shifts at the restaurant, the leveled garden adjacent to the church as well as the hotel and apartment rooms.

Spatiality was one of the greatest professional challenges for the Emerald’s interior designers. In the restaurant, for example, they had to break the strict marble pavement was laid in a herringbone pattern, enriched and broken by copper profiles that took away from the strictness of the sahara noire marble. A similar playfulness was used to cover the staircase that connects the lobby to the toilets, and draws the eye of the guests.

The architectural shaping of the space was followed by an interior design refinement; they took into consideration the functionality of the space and the operator’s perspective. The spatial design was complemented by the installation of the suspended ceiling and the creation of open partitions to divide or extend the spaces.

The different variations of the Emerald logo, with their graphic playfulness, appear in numerous places throughout the building, yet all remain discreet. Both in the restaurant and in the rooms, hidden functions are a feature, coffee-making units or functional parts of rooms are kept discreet, while the covering is made spectacular and generous by elegant, large surfaces and noble materials.

Elegant wallpapers, recurring forest green and fresh moss bowls

In addition to the exciting spatial relations, the use of noble materials, velvet wallpaper walls and individually designed furniture, space elements and decorative tools create the elegant harmony that characterizes the building. The este’r partners team designed a myriad of unique objects, surfaces and graphics to match Emerald’s rich character – these custom-designed surfaces required a high level of manufacturer knowledge and several technical discussions.

Examples of creative design solutions include the lobby partitions and the unique graphic illuminated ceiling with a plant pattern. The design and shape of Kriska’s metal cladding, which surrounds the lights in the restaurant and lobbies is also striking and emphasise the priority functions. The flooring of the corridors is also based on a unique pattern, with the simple warm beige color blending with the hotel’s recurring green and orange patches – the pattern also highlights the fact that it is printed on a glossy, hotel-quality material.

The interior design team added fresh, unique solutions to the shelving system of the partitioning in the lobby: some decorative elements were added to the shelves to further enhance the visitor experience, such as moss bowls, custom-designed white giant books and Bullstein’s large ceramic vases.

Guides the guest: discreet, yet impressive graphic system

The signage scheme was developed by the este’r partners team with the help of Sign Creative specialists. The signage system as a whole is based on a complete concept: modern and elegant, with champagne-colored, wall-mounted metal signage panels to guide the visitor. It is important that the signs are lightweight, openwork and are floating on the wall cladding behind them, so that the unity is not broken. This way, guests can still feel the wood panelling, the velvet wallpaper behind the signs.

The room number markings are hidden in the floor: next to the room doors, there is a stone inset engraved into a metal plate in the carpet seaming. Guests can also read the numbers in the mirror next to the doors. For better visibility, there is a spot-lighting system that projects narrowly onto the number.

Exclusive solutions and designer partners

Several areas of the hotel are characterized by velvet and silky glamour. Inspirational products such as Erba Italia’s accent, armchairs with their majestic dimension, Ditre Italia’s sofas, Kriska’s metallic curtains and Zava’s technical luminaires were used for the exceptional designs.  The este’r partners team worked with high-quality brands that match to the building’s style: velvet wall coverings by Dutch Walltextile and distinctive furniture by Erba Italia, such as the Virgola chair, were designed for the interiors, accompanied by outstanding solutions such as Kriska’s decorative chain curtains in the restaurant and the lobby.

The hotel is uniquely built in a U-shape around the church of St. Anne in the center of the city, in Szervita Square. Between the church and the partly new, modern building, a garden provides access to the lobby: the level shifts of the garden, the green facade of the new building and a soon-to-be sky-high tree, creates a sheltered, romantic courtyard. The garden will blend into the streets of the city center in a discreet and beautiful way, and will be a peaceful place where guests can relax.

Situated right next to the Szervita Square church, the building does not only offer an outstanding location but also close architectural connection. Guests can also enjoy an unusually impressive view from the courtyard rooms – it can be an incomparable experience combined with interior design solutions and high quality service. The church and the modern new building will be linked by a large glass panel with a unique graphic, which will be visible from the street, bringing together the much-loved duality of Budapest, the old values and the new, vibrant solutions.

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Fresh and fun new restaurant in Vienna: cook for yourself at Makery

After its successful restaurant in Budapest, Makery opened its second unit in Vienna: the interior design concept of the franchise, based on an innovative community cooking experience, was created by este’r partners. With the cooking experience in focus the rough brick cladding, plants and a high level kitchen technology create a welcoming environment for all guests.

“The key word of the lively Budapest team is success so we were happy to further develop Makery’s original idea and its design solutions; now it’s a concept that can be turned into an international franchise. They give all guests a sense of victory while forming a community and knowing exactly that this requires a cozy, casual interior where premium kitchen technology and professional environment help to relax.”

The Viennese restaurant is in a populated area close to the city center. The location of the corner building, the interior and exterior spaces offered optimal conditions for the design team: their interior design solutions were created by optimizing local conditions. The characteristics of the rough brick wall and the Prussian vault, the features of the exterior doors and the bar counter were emphasized adding the image of Makery’s strong brand.

Tuned to success: cooking experience in focus

Makery is primarily a venue for meeting friends, co-workers or organizing family events. According to the owners’ idea, guests can prepare their dishes or even an entire menu cooking together and using the given ingredients on the basis of instructions, what’s more they can eat the meals together. The interior design concept required a well-thought-out spatial organization as every small movement and step taken can be significant in the cooking process, while a poorly placed drawer or counter could significantly worsen the experience.

Stable cooking base, enough space

The team of este’r partners organized the space around functionality: while the strict location of the cooking blocks suggests stability, most elements in the restaurant can be easily moved or converted. Designers had to pay special attention to the fact that guests work with chopped ingredients and lots of kitchen utensils, yet these details need to be structured in the space so that even less experienced chefs don’t get lost in the equipment jungle. The discreet presence of rough brick cladding, simple-lined furniture, Italian tiles and flooring allow guests to focus on the cooking activity and the community experience.

Cozy welcome, fresh experience

The design team focused on a cozy and relaxed arrival experience. Guests can wait for their team at the bar counter; this reception area provides a great place for guests and staff to meet and connect. The calm atmosphere is enhanced by the characteristic Makery color scheme: the meeting of yellow-black colors, the use of natural materials and solid wood, and the atmosphere of industrial buildings is also present. Pleasant and warm lighting and large brick walls boost the casual atmosphere.

Increased hygiene

Adherence to hygiene guidelines both in the preparation areas and in the front of the house were utmost important while creating the interior design solutions. Surfaces can be cleaned easily and quickly, trash cans can be opened with a pedal, almost all surfaces can be washed and easily maintained. It was an important request of the client that different groups could cook separately and at a distance from each other. The spatial organization creates an airy, never-crowded space even in case of side-by-side kitchen workflows.

Metropolitan design, local flavors

An important part of the Makery concept is that it also provides a unique experience for visiting tourists, who can try the preparation of local traditional dishes with professional help. All nations feel warm and comfortable in the metropolitan, fresh design, and the interior design solutions also allow for international adaptability, ie franchise expansion opportunities.

The interior design team of este’r partners has brought the fresh, vibrant interior of the restaurant in Budapest to the Viennese one. The popular and well-tried interior design solutions are now available in a new location. The alternation of the visible industrial elements, the geometric lines and fresh design add a lot to the community experience. The space is modern, cozy and natural, making guests feel that it’s good to be here and great to cook together.

Photos by Makery (Thomann Bence)
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Elegance in a porcelain shell: este’r partners international work with Waves Project Ltd.

Interior designer Eszter Radnóczy and her team of este’r partners created an elegant, unique architectural and interior design concept for a client on an international project. The studio, in collaboration with her Milanese partner, the renowned Italian architect Stefano Napolitani, founder of Waves Project Ltd., designed a three-part building with stone porcelain cladding with matching, restrained but special interiors.

“We introduced a plan to our client in which we worked with generous spaces where the unique architectural and spatial experience are both very important. The building, which becomes mysterious with a level shift, a hidden garden and stunning interiors, is at once clean, contemporary, but fully personalized,” says Eszter Radnóczy.

The characteristic element of the house is the ventilated stone porcelain, which is used as both a roof and a facade cladding, wrapping the entire building without a break or split. Windows and doors placed in the roof angle continue downwards, connecting the three parts of the building by a glass staircase. The generous stone porcelain cladding also provides high-quality, unique technical solutions, such as rainwater drainage or shading was also a serious challenge.

The house is based on the harmonious alternation of enclosed and open spaces and this continues outdoors as well: while the upper garden communicates openness and is a warm space perfect for gatherings and welcoming guests, the deep garden is a more private, mystical and cozy oasis. A particular feature of the house is the spectacular but intimate overflow pool: this and the study, related to space, are both a spot for relaxation, reflection, focus and silence.

The house is built on a triad of stone porcelain, natural stone and wood, designers followed the tone-in-tone principle. The style of the whole house is uniform, its color scheme is soft and sophisticated. Wood paneling appears everywhere, but as an inverse solution. The recessed garden level and the ground floor, for example, were given cold flooring, the same as the outdoor facade, bringing outside and inside living together.

KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM

The space division is consciously planned, the exterior cladding of the house runs in and continues along the longitudinal axis: based on the designers’ decision, only the perpendicular partitions were given a dominant cladding which is completely different from the outer walls of the house.

The high-tech kitchen is hidden behind the wood paneling: the infrared-sensing, glass-fronted Valcucine kitchen opens up supporting touch-free interactions and it is made with industrial technology but features cozy and well-equipped, ergonomically developed functions. The kitchen and its surroundings, because of the dominant ceiling and wall cladding, are optically detached from the living room. There is a custom-designed bookshelf in the living room, which hides additional kitchen tools and food preparation appliances on the back wall. The furniture and lamps are iconic design pieces that, in addition to the comfort functions, capture the eye with their design and sophisticated details.

BEDROOM

The huge wood paneling of the bedroom faces the glass wall. The bed is given a central role in the space, here as well the goal was to provide a space experience. With this solution, the designers provide a kind of floating feeling: the Poliform bed, the sofa, the Occhio lamps, as well as the suspended spot lighting are almost floating in the room. Behind the headboard there is a huge glass wall separating the bathroom foyer from the bedroom, which has a high end bathtub and a design washbasin.

BATHROOM

Italian designer, Antonio Lupi’s Dune bathtub was placed in that part of the bathroom which communicates with the bedroom, where it can softly slide into the pedestal. Its shape recalls that of dunes with a perfect design for relaxation. The free-standing, uniquely designed washbasin and mirrors shape the space and serve as room-dividing solutions, while all the necessary functions are included. The enclosed parts of the bathroom, the shower and the washbasin have been moved to separate rooms – these functions are separated by lightweight glass walls for letting light in. With the green wall, the garden experience is reflected in the bathroom.

CLOSET

The closet is custom-designed and was planned with the help of the Italian colleagues of este’r partners. The glass-enclosed cabinet sections have reflective gray glass, this gives the possibility of controling the visibility, depending on the intensity of the light entering the cabinet. The two central elements of the mirrored wardrobe are the island, richly and elegantly divided with organizers, which is more emphasized in the large space by the dynamic, modern crystal chandeliers made by Manooi.

Based on the design by este’r partners and Waves Ltd., every space and interior design feature of the house is detailed, coherent and has been carefully thought out. The whole house is airy: unique space experience, fantastic angles, and the garden beyond the glass walls provides a stunning look to the elegant building.

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Renovated Buda Civic Casino reopens as cultural center in Krisztina square in Budapest

The former Buda Civic Casino reopens in the 1st district of Budapest as the Sándor Márai Cultural Center: the building has undergone a careful renovation respecting its past and architectural values as a community and cultural centre, but also integrating new functions. The building was renovated by the plans of interior designer este’r partners (Eszter Radnóczy) in cooperation with architect studio Jassó Építészműhely (Sándor Jassó and Adrienn Bársony) while the consturciont was completed by Laki Zrt.

The headquarters of the Buda Civil Casino was built in 1893, according to the plans of Imre Francsek, sr. The casino operated on the first floor, with several lounges, drawing and games rooms next to the ballroom. There was a restaurant in the basement, several shops on the ground floor and three rental apartments on the second floor. In the corner shop on the ground floor there was first a beer hall, then a bank, later the confectionery of József Auguszt from 1901 to 1915, and in 1936 the Philadelphia café moved here. After the Second World War, until 1989, the building was the district headquarters of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party (MSZMP), the Hungarian Young Communist League (KISZ), the Pioneer Association and the Workers’ Militia, with a hairdresser and a delicatessen on the ground floor. The latter operated under various company names until the start of the renovation. For several years, the Municipality of Budavár has taken steps to buy out the flats and offices when the building was split up and sold, and eventually the entire building became the property of the Municipality. During the measurements, the design team first encountered fragmented, divided, narrow and gloomy spaces.

From the beginning, the municipality of the 1st district sought to save, renovate, and add new features to the building. The building is of architectural significance; its most important spaces, even after previous simplistic restorations, are the imposing first-floor ballroom and the main staircase. At the start of the design, the inner courtyard, the ballroom, the street façade were only faintly reminiscent of the original patina of the building. In addition to the functions and modern expectations that serve the needs of the cultural center, preserving, respecting and restoring of the existing values were all priorities throughout the construction.

The tower of the building was destroyed during the siege of Budapest in 1944–45, and its façade was severely damaged. The façade was restored according to László Lux’s plans in 1946, but the corner tower was not repaired, and the façade was completely denuded, including the intact parts. The restoration of the corner dome was a priority in the design process. The appearance of the corner tower is important not only outside but also inside the building. Both the performance hall and the dance hall have a great view from this point, from here we are able to see the church on Krisztina Square, the square and the Buda Castle.

A wall analysis was carried out before the construction began, during which it was visible that after the renovation of the façade in 1946, the entire façade surface had been completely re-plastered, so no fragment of the original architecture remained. We know the original condition of the façade only from archive pictures and postcards. The former segmentation of the façade of Krisztina Square and Alagút Street, the destroyed corner tower, as well as the main staircase and the ballroom have been restored based on historical and archival research. Unfortunately, there were not enough resources available for the complete reconstruction of the former detailed façade ornamentation.

From the beginning of the design, it was important that the historic restoration of the building is carried out by professionals with authenticity. A new space was born by covering the inner courtyard, which became the centre of the house, as it connects the current spaces. This area needed to be reinvented in terms of interior design.

The inner courtyard façade was plastered with a special stencil technique. Among the above mentioned solutions, the designers used a unique structured plaster solution in the façade decoration, which adds a subtle ornamentation to the new community space. The pattern of this is taking forward the idea of the original ornamental painting’s geometric pattern found in the ballroom.

The surface of the modern central parts is formed by a printed patterned Kerlite covering, which provides a unique atmosphere to the corridors, as well as giving the courtyard exciting insight and depths. As this surface is closer to the eye of the visitor, the pattern is richer in detail, it was possible to show the inner geometric stencil pattern in a more ornate way with the help of modern technologies. Applied decorative art was part of the graphic design, it intertwines with the sleek control system as a visual communication tool. The decorative art used was part of the graphic design it intertwines with the neat control system as a visual communication tool.

During the renovation, the building has returned to its original splendour. It can host artistic and community events and can be a remarkable centre of cultural life. Unique spaces and spatial connections make every moment festive during any events, classical music concerts, festivities, balls, weddings, exhibitions and other art performances.