budapesti muhely: rácz thermal bath, budapest budapesti muhely: rácz thermal bath, budapest
oct 26, 2012

budapesti muhely: rácz thermal bath, budapest

‘rácz thermal bath’ by budapesti muhely, budapest, hungary image © tamas bujnovszky

this renovation of the ‘rácz thermal bath’ by hungarian practice budapesti muhely reveals layers of history within the spatial sequence which dates to the ottoman period of the 16th century, making it the oldest bath in budapest, hungary. positioned at the base of gellert hill, the facility was most likely founded in 1560, surviving the turkish seige of 1686. the overlapped updates and extensions made during the 1860s with romantic stylings were resolved, unifying old and new building parts while revealing the technical inventions of the original bath. additional damage from bombings during world war II and demolition during the 1960s were collectively addressed in 2006.

special attention was paid to the materials and ornament as well as shower, lighting and heating techniques, returning to customs of water pressures in the various bathing halls. the once destroyed moresque shower hall was reconstructed to the original plans at a 1:1 scale with thin shell concrete walls measuring 15 centimeters thick instead of the typically used brick masonry, creating a regularity in the vaulting that could not exist before with hand-made processes. glass facades and well as glass walls along corridors and internal rooms join the restored areas with the contemporary spaces.

view of the concrete vaults image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

images © tamas bujnovszky

glass facades join to the restored building image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

exterior image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

image © tamas bujnovszky

project info:

project: rácz thermal bath location: hungary, budapest leading architects: tamás dévényi, csaba valkai, anikó varga, péter kis general design: tamás dévényi – budapesti műhely leading architects: tamás dévényi, csaba valkai, anikó varga, péter kis associate architects: zoltán bun, gábor balázsa, orsolya máté, eszter mihály, donát szakmári, tamás ükös, viktor vadász structural engineering: andrás szabó, tamás tamássy mechanical engineering: ervin barta electrical engineering: ferenc haasz, gábor somogyi landscape: adrienne szalkai public utilities: bálint simon archaeologist: adrienn papp historical research: ferenc bor, györgy bartos year designed: 2007 construction period: 2007-2010 photographs: tamas bujnovszky

  • Nyitna már meg. :-/
    Waiting for the openng.
    construction period: 2007-2010

    geucsa says:
  • pretty damn cool

    excellent example of the european sensibility when expanding or adding to something historic: respectful yet at the same time moving ahead rather than replication

    dbkii says:

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