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.


Photo gallery of the renovated Budai Civic Casino

Photos by Tamás Kőrösi

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Discreet elegance and unique lights: this is how the Adrienne Feller brand carries on the success in Budapest

After designing two stores in Budapest, Eszter Radnóczy and the este’r partners interior design studio created a concept model for Adrienne Feller: the store, showroom and beauty studio combine the discreet elegance of the brand with special interior design solutions that reflect the high quality of vegetable oils. The concept of a flagship store creates an opportunity for familiar values to unfold in new locations.

“Adrienne Feller’s secret of vegetable oils relies on a long-standing family heritage and represents lasting value, so in creating the interior design we wanted the environment to have a timeless design which we achieved by the use of quality but discreet materials, this way putting the focus on the products.” – says interior designer Eszter Radnóczy.

An important aspect in planning the furniture was that, in addition to their pure design, their details reflect sophistication and fine elegance. Before designing the new store and salon, Adrienn visited us to update the current image as well, so that the design would fit even more beautifully into the appearance of their constantly developing products. That’s when we brought into the design the uniquely patterned fabrics made from their logo, which we experimented together with our partner, Flukso Textile. And FMG Onice D’oro flooring is a recurring, elegant element in Adrienne Feller stores, as its pink color reflects the company’s image and its pattern finely brings dynamics to the space.

Constant values, new boost

It was the main goal of the este’r partners team that the elements of the design update would appear in every store. This complex exterior starts with the design of the shop space, but the concept also includes the design of the coverings, the lighting, the precise planning of the furniture and the ideal placement of the products.

The company’s dynamically developing division, Panarom, has had a prominent display as Adrienne wanted the essential oils to be given a well-separated representative area. A novelty of the concept was the design of the treatment salon. In this intimate, trusting atmosphere, it is equally important to display the image of the company, but the primary aspect was, of course, the function, creating the perfect conditions for the treatments.

When designing the salon, it was important that the same furniture and image elements appear in the treatment salon that the customers are familiar with, while the spatial structure and lighting levels differ. Here tinted glass walls and concealed lighting built into the furniture were used, so the spaces were also optically expanded by the designers while providing the comfortable environment needed for treatments. These elements are designed in such a way that the brand image of Adrienne Feller are also finely visible in them.

Takeaway experience: the presented products also provide an aesthetic experience

As designer Mónika Szommer said: “In case of a premium business where the customer also has the feeling of coziness, good lighting and positioning of the products are the key to everything. The stores always have lighting behind a stretched foil, making it as if the entire ceiling was lit, providing uniform light that spreads across the store. In addition, each piece of furniture has a built-in accent lighting, this way putting the products in focus. The light always attracts the eye, so we can raise the aesthetics by creating a good lighting image. ”

The aim of the design team was to immediately feel the elegance and high quality of the Adrienne Feller brand, when entering the store. While in the atmosphere, fine details and hints, a mysterious, special, small world appear which is represented by the essential oils and the personal care of Adrienne, as well as the family values of the brand.

Designers: Eszter Radnóczy, Mónika Szommer / este’r partners


European elegance with Asian inspiration: a special metropolitan apartment

Eszter Radnóczy chief designer and her team este’r partners were asked to design the second European home of the client from Asian culture the artist’s apartment was created with exclusive interior design solutions. The visuals give an insight into a special world: light, generous spaces and modern interior design solutions with exoticism.

“The client, who comes from Asian culture and is involved in art, has a unique approach to design. Awareness, understanding and embracing lifestyle in the plans and the client’s sense of beauty – along with the trust in us – made our work go smoothly. For us, the diversity in the customer’s approach was inspiring and encouraging – similar works can set a new direction in our company’s portfolio.” says Eszter Radnóczy, founder of este’r partner.

The metropolitan apartment has three en suite bedrooms, a spacious American kitchen and a more intimate living room. The zigzag floor plan has different ceiling heights and broken walls so the first challenge of the design process was to work out the ideal floor plan.

Reduced, clear, and generous use of materials was a conscious decision, and it allowed the use of refined and hidden solutions. The designers also provided space for the customer’s artistic needs and special collection of objects: valuable unique pieces and works of art are highlighted in the space and on the walls.

The wallpaper in the hall is from the Panoramic collection of the French brand Zuber: its special feature is the endless pattern which makes the spaces unique. By the way, the factory in Rixheim is considered to be the oldest wallpaper manufacturer in Europe. The selected wallpaper of the collection will be placed on the walls in sepia tones.

In the case of lighting, the designers aimed to decorate the space with unique, spectacular lamps. The hidden lighting and the lighting of artworks are not highlighted, here the indirect effect is more important. The lamp in the hall is a product of the Italian company Sigma L2, its shape forms two swords giving the space a unique, modern look. The ceiling barrissol of the hall has been made a sophisticated detail by the designers with its luminous glow and slats reminiscent of oriental culture.

Both the kitchen furniture and the kitchen island are individually designed. With its rounded shapes, the latter is in harmony with the with the rounded forms used in the ceiling and the floor. Wenge wood surfaces were used for the kitchen furniture, and the same Zuber wallpapers were put on the back wall of the kitchen as in the hall. The columns between the windows are features of the space, surrounded by uniquely designed metal-wood built-in shelving elements.

In the bedroom, the designers used American walnut wood paneling laid in a herringbone pattern with Dutch Walltextile’s silk wallpaper on the walls. The Alivar armchairs feature one of the favorite fabrics of este’r partners’ professionals: it’s Tiger Mountain from Dedar’s collection, which consists of special drawings that can sometimes be seen as a jumping tiger or as a mountain range.

In the portfolio of este’r partners, premium villas and elegant homes have been emphasized so far, as Eszter Radnóczy puts it: “In addition to the interior design work of hotels and restaurants, we have always been delighted to accept project like this, there are far fewer rules to follow in this case and we can create based on the customer’s ideas. In the current situation, we already experience that our own home as a space has become more appreciated, new projects are also showing these tendencies.”



Chief designer: Eszter Radnóczy

Team: Hajnalka Zellei, Mónika Szommer, Fanni Gyurics



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