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Pilgrim House and forest chapel, Pannonhalma, Cseider-valley

Tamas Czigany, Robert Papp, Andras Cseh

01/08/2010

The building complex of the Abbey of Pannonhalma has been recently enriched with new buildings. In the calm woods of Cseider-valley a new place came to existence in order to provide recreation and relaxation for the visiting pilgrims, families and groups of youth.

The Pilgrim House contains several independent buildings positioned carefully in the landscape. The dining, lecture and service rooms were arranged in the renovated wing and in the joining new block, while the appartments were placed to the southern part of the site. Three out of the four houses work as youth hostels, one accomodates appartments for families. The total number to be hosted is 67.

The chapel, hidden into the forested part of the site, gives place for withdrawal, silent observation and private prayer. Its floor area is 20 m2, the height is 9 m. The chapel is constructed from horizontal timber beams, connected by harwood pegs. There is no door, window, heating or artificial lighting in the chapel. It is a space of transition to nature. Its construction work was a communal activity completed by the contractor, the architect office and the handwork of the architect students.

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