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Piarist Centre Budapest – Reconstruction of building „A”

János Golda, Zoltán Kovács, Erzsébet Mészáros

01/04/2011

The neo-baroque palace, located in the heart of Budapest, was built by the Piarists, in place off their old center, built in the 18th century. The grammer school and friary were built during the First World War, as one of the last element of the city's renewal reform. After the nationalization the Eötvös Lóránd Arts University were functioning in the building, thereafter from the 90's the building was empty. The returning Piarists desired a modern and economical biulding. The new functions took place in an archaic building shape, in the courtyard of the palace, above the millennial age ruins. The main area is located on the second floor, there is the chapel, and the gym, which is hidden behind skew walls, surrounded glass slabs, through these the sunlight is flooding the heart of the building. Above the coloured shape, there is a courtyard much like small towns’ for the students. The remained original spaces regained their shine, while the whole building had been equipped with modern engineering. The bombed-out roof had been rebuilt, self-contained offices were placed into the contemporary spaces. The street stores are renovated together with the elevations, returning the building with decorum into the life of the city centre.

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