Long Brick House is a minimalist hillside home built on a budget and designed for book lovers by Földes & Co. Architects, located in Pilisborosjeno, Pest County, Hungary. This 1,483 square foot (137.8 square meters) home can be described as minimalist design meets everlasting intellectual values. The project was initiated by an intellectual couple who had a clear starting point, “we own a length of books something like 100 meters.” The owners of the site had found the best location to retire from work and the noise of Budapest in a rich natural environment, at the side of the Big-Proud Peak.
Pilisborosjeno, a town some 15 km to North Buda, stretches in between hills surrounded by villas that inhabit the Pilis hillside. The plot is approached from a chain of narrow and steep roads. When arriving at the gate, just the green canopy of trees that shade the site and a minimalist concrete parking lot are visible. Thanks to the sloping garden, the house is hidden behind this rich, welcoming flora and fauna which plays a crucial part of the aesthetic. The owners aim of saving and keeping as much of the original plants and trees as possible has paid dividends.
Taking into consideration the narrow and long shape of the building site, the way of the sun and the low budget programme, also the age of the couple who are to be retired soon, we advised them to realize a straightforward base plan, where the spaces are linked with a long corridor and public spaces face the panoramic view of the valley. At the same time, to avoid creating under-utilized space we discovered the great potential of the corridor concept. We turned this horizontal axis into a highly beneficial and unique element of the house, a 17 meter long wall of library.’ – remarked the architects, Laszlo Foldes and Peter Sonicz concerning the design concept.
As approaching the house, a closed brick wall surreptitiously peeps from behind the trees and a staircase down to the base where the sauna and a store room are located. Behind the brick wall, on the ground floor, a master bedroom and a bathroom are situated. If one follows the brick pavement they arrive at the main entrance on the Northeast side, viewing the middle point of the corridor which leads to the public zone on the left hand side and to the private on the right. The latter consists of the working room, bathroom and the bedroom with its own terrace providing a stunning view of the westerly aspect with sunset views over the rolling hills and beyond.
The inner spaces follow the prolapse of the building site therefore the level of the floor is made continuously deeper via few stairs, enlarging the height (first after leaving the private zone, than when entering the living room, and finally when reaching the garden from the living room’s terrace). This results a variety of spaces, enjoying each case higher ceilings and wider rooms, ending up with the limitless panorama of the terrace.
The giant bookshelf fulfills more functions than one might expect. Throughout its 17 meters the modular system architects designed opens up, enabling a window to perfectly fit in, and a window seat – thanks to the 50 cm deep walls. In the living room the shelves are united with the fireplace.
It was our general aim to assure the proper inner climate with architectural means rather than constructing huge machinery. The house has a 50 cm thick brick wall, meeting the heating technological standards and giving sufficient thermal inertia. The ceiling slab is made of wood and the empty, well ventilated attic behaves as a buffer zone optimizing the inner climate. The terrace of the living room plays an important role in the protection against rain or intense sunshine, while it is an extension of the living room as well as an intermediate space between in and out.
Location: Pilisborosjeno, Pest County, Hungary
Year: Design: 2012 • Completion: 2013
Area/Size: 137,8 m2
Cost: 115 000 EUR
Project by: Foldes Architects
Architects: Laszlo Foldes, Peter Sonicz
Structural engineering: Zoltan V. Nagy
Mechanical engineering: Attila Lucz
Electrical engineering: Judit Balazs
Text: Viktoria Szepvolgyi”
Photos: Levente Sirokai
The 40 m2 flat in Budapest Hungary was designed by Suto Interior Architects in Budapest, Hungary. The design concept given by the client was to rebuild a flat, which was before used by an older generation, to modernize for well-organized bachelors. The architects used smart, cool solutions with masculine colors and use of materials. The spaces are leading and reflecting to each other, the flat is only 430 square feet (40 square meters) all together, but feels much more spacious.
Every interior detail is prepared with meticulous care and has a function. Because of the “put the space into space” design concept there are no unnecessary walls and hallways. The furniture has the function of separating different areas. Surfaces are used for storing everywhere, systems of drawers, shelves and storage units, which were customized and designed to suit the life style of the client. Their surfaces are uniformly painted grey throughout the whole flat.
The wall is covered with grey “Elitis” wallpaper. It is also used to intensify the muscular character of the living room area. In the forefront is a Flos Toio lamp from 1962, which could be defined as an artwork. A painting is from a Hungarian contemporary artist, Zsuzsi Csiszér with the Vitra Suita sofa of Antonio Citterio fills and creates this space. They both reflect to the sensitivity of the owner, their presence is unquestionable.
The living room and the kitchen are separated by a glass wall, which holds the television and the air conditioning as well. Its elegant style is softened and linked with the grey surfaces by colorful Kristalia bar chairs.
The home office is located at the light end of the kitchen, in its front a high table functions to stop us from looking inside. Placing the home office here was necessary to be able to keep the space airy and elegantly ordered in the living room. The home office and the kitchen blend into each other. It is not clear where one ends and the other begins.
The bedroom is both calm and pulsating. A darker grey, retro and a Tom Dixon table lamp define its milieu.
The different shades of grey are completed with rustic oak parquet.
The boiler and the washing-drying machine are hidden behind a door, which can slide into the wall. The Mirage Nolita surfaces imitating concrete and the tube lights running from the mirror to the ceiling make the open bathroom look so cool.
There is no classical bathroom. This function is fulfilled by a tall spacious sink and built shower in an area which is cut out off from the common spaces.
Photos: Zsolt Batar
The basement of a building in Budapest, Hungary, spotted on Casa Vogue, has been transformed into an industrial loft occupying a living area of 2,152 square feet (200 square meters). With a certain bucolic air and many masculine touches the environment is well-distributed and integrated in an intimate yet dynamic and comfortable setting. The home has been decorated by stylist Beatrix Torma, the property draws attention for its architecture with its large windows on all side, which brings clarity to the interiors. The kitchen is attached to the living room on one side and on the other is a winery, dining room and library.
The environments are divided by the punctual distribution of furnishings. The existence of wood throughout the dwellings helps to soften the industrial tone. A mix of materials of aluminum, brass, copper, cement creates a dialogue with somewhat lighter materials of glass, wood ceiling, the cement wall in the dining room and bedroom and the black lacquer wall of arched windows where there is a fireplace.
Photos: Imre Barna
We just received an amazing collection of pictures of a three-storey villa redevelopment near Budapest, Hungary from Budapest-based firm Suto Interior Architects. Completed in 2010, this 4,305 square foot (400 square meters) villa has a modern style with features referring to the near-natural environment. The client wished for dynamic, youthful spaces and a braver use of materials that on the outside. The architects designed a home with strong contrasts and astounding material combinations. The client’s absolute trust was in the designers, as well as their opened attitude for more extreme solutions which aided with the creative process.
Here is a description of the project from the architects: “Our primary consideration in the design works: placing functions into 400 square meters, which could, in the most comfortable way, service the life of a family with 2 children. The end result of this is a well habitable home in which everything, like personal styles of the residents, forms, moods and characters meld into one whole piece.
The central element of the house is the naturally lighted and closely connected company of the kitchen, the dining room and the living room. The kitchen island is a custom made concrete block. The concrete sink, which sits on a walnut base, goes on and continues as a big floating table. The coldness of this material is softened by Ligne Roset Papillon chairs and Foscarini Caboche chandeliers. The coherent walnut surfaces of the kitchen cabinet lead to the dynamics of the space into the living room. The central area got its characters thanks to the mature and uniquely designed and combined concrete and walnut surfaces. The most powerful piece is the concrete, metal and glass fireplace, which functions as a space organizer on one hand and on the other it is a design piece and also it literally makes the space feel warm.
To the cold surfaces some playful element is added with the brave use of cow skin motives: in a form of a carpet in the living room (Ligne Roset. Marguerite) or on the background of the mirror in the primer bathroom with the patchwork like leather skin wallpaper (Elitis).
The whole of this house, which is formed through the co-operation of the designers and the client, is characterized by the use of quality materials and furniture. Not only the interior design, but also the furnishing is well thought over and well organized. It seems if everything was put into its destination. Well recognized, excellent pieces of noble design companies like Foscarini, Ligne Roset, Vitra, Magis, Tom Dixxon, Bisazza, Flos, Moooi, Eva Solo make this great house a long lasting and valuable home.”
Suto Interior Architects was established in 2000, working in Europe and worldwide, the firm specializes in design of modern home interiors and commercial projects including offices, bars and restaurants. Founders Kato Suto and Laszlo Suto’s scope of work includes interior architecture, interior decoration, product and furniture design and project management. Visit Suto Interior Architects website here.
“Simple forms, moderate colored surfaces connect the warmer atmosphere of the master bedroom to the dominant style in the rest of the villa. A firmly shaped leather headboard system and the big favorites, the Foscarini Lumiere table lamps are stylish indications of the client’s good taste.”
“Stairs with glass handrails connect the floors and the basement. Staircase walls have uniform French wallpaper with Japanese environmental motives.”
“Walnut is distinctly used everywhere. Upstairs in the study, an uniquely designed, custom made oiled walnut cabinet displays the owner’s extraordinary statuette collection. While in the wine cellar a walnut shelf system, which holds the wine collection, signifies the well thought over connection with the rest of the villa.”
“A separate suite is created in the secretly accessible children’s empire, with its own living room, bedrooms and a bathroom with a wardrobe.”
“Our design works included furnishing the terraces too. One connected to the living room and the other to the cellar. Here we used classics of Dedon and uniquely designed concrete flower pots. Apart from this, designing and constructing the front of the sauna house in the garden.”
Photos: Zsolt Batar & Courtesy of Suto Interior Architects