Archinect - News 2014-12-20T06:45:27-05:00 New competition launched for National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T13:43:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international jury choosing an architect to design a new National Gallery, which will also provide a new home for the Ludwig Museu in the Hungarian capital, has invited seven leading practices to take part in a new competition after a first competition did not produce a winning design. The seven architects invited to compete for the high-profile commission are: Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Nieto Sobejano, Renzo Piano, Sanaa and Sn&oslash;hetta.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Amazing LEGO Creation Breaks World Record in Budapest Archinect 2014-05-30T20:50:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T14:54:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new world record was broken just this week in Hungary, Budapest when LEGO architects placed the finishing Rubik's Cube ornament on the top of the massive Lego skyscraper. Reaching 34.76 meters (114 feet), the tower was officially registered with the Guinness book of World Records as well as the LEGO Store in Budapest on May 25.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hello Wood uses 365 sleighs to build an 11-meter Christmas tree in Budapest Justine Testado 2013-12-11T14:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T23:54:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The holiday season is in full swing &mdash; or sleigh, in this case. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, an architecture and design studio, built an 11-meter tall Christmas tree in one week using 365 sleighs in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. (Watch the video below.)</p> <p> After Christmas, the temporary structure will be dismantled and the sleighs will be given to the kids living in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOS Children&rsquo;s Village</a> homes in Hungary.<br><br> Here are the project details:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Visitors can step in and have a look at the construction from the inside. The base is made of steel, it weights 4.5 tons, so the construction is perfectly safe from the heavy winds of winter. The four stems of the installation hold 325 kilograms each.</p> <p> First, the carpenters of Hello Wood made the 10.5 meters tall wooden frame, which was brought to the scene, where it was put together with the help of a crane and the use of welding techniques."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "Then came the alpinists of Hello Wood, who were working on the installation for four consecutive days...</p> Budapest's "Ruin Bars" Archinect 2012-10-17T20:16:00-04:00 >2012-10-22T00:37:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... they started opening up in abandoned (but interesting) buildings where nobody wanted to spend the money to restore them to their former glory. Some didn&rsquo;t have a roof (and still don&rsquo;t), while others had a big courtyard offering ample space for revelers. Set up a bar, get the toilets working, and you&rsquo;re set. Eventually some expanded to take over several adjoining buildings. The first ones were a success, others followed, and now they&rsquo;re a fixture on the nightlife circuit...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ONL completes Central European Time building in Budapest Archinect 2012-08-15T17:50:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T22:04:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The CET mixed use development in Budapest as designed by the architects of ONL [Oosterhuis_L&eacute;n&aacute;rd] in Rotterdam has recently been handed over to the City of Budapest.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The CET is the sole building in Budapest that is built directly at the embankments of the Danube river, the terraces separated by a bicycle path only, while elsewhere busy roads disconnect the city from the river.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> CET means Central European Time. The City of Budapest has released a contest to find a name for the multifunctional center, which apart from many restaurants and bars also is home to design oriented shops and a large multifunctional event space fit for concerts, congresses and exhibitions. Already over 400 entries are submitted, proving the immense popularity of the design among the inhabitants of Budapest.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The CET connects the old warehouses with the new muscular body. The snout of the glass whale as it often referred to in the press and by the general public juts out over the plaza at the S...</p> An  architect appalled at communism and consumerism alike Archinect 2011-10-03T19:27:01-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="325" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Visitors to the Hungarian pavilion at the 1992 Seville Expo came in from the searing heat to a cavernous, dark space with a great curving roof like a cathedral. At its centre was a tree, brought from the Hungarian plains, stripped bare and set into a glass floor so that its roots, which stretched as far and wide as its branches, were made visible. It was the work of Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz, who has died aged 75.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>